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Allen Township considers changes to agricultural zones

Fifty-six percent of township would be zoned rural

ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Allen Township supervisors Tuesday night reviewed a zoning map that merges rural and agricultural zoned areas and passed it on to the Planning Commission for its input.

The change is being made to align the zoning map, last updated in 2006, with the township’s new comprehensive plan, which was developed over a 16-month period and adopted last June, according to board Chairman Larry Oberly.

The new zoning map removes the agricultural zones in the southern and northeastern areas of the township and creates a rural zone with areas delineated for agricultural security districts and conservation easements. A portion of the industrial-commercial zone to the east of Howertown Road would also have a rural classification.

With the proposed zoning change, 56 percent of the township would be zoned rural, Township Solicitor B. Lincoln Treadwell said.

Eliminating the agriculture zone reflects a move away from large, family-owned farms to land that’s leased for farming, Oberly said.

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