Horsham Postpones Airport Crash Zone Elimination

The Horsham Township Council held a public hearing Wednesday regarding the Airport Crash and Noise Overlay District, but took no action.

The Horsham Township Council held off on amending the zoning to areas immediately surrounding the runway of shuttered .

The governing body on Wednesday held a public hearing on the possible , or Airport Crash and Noise Overlay District. No one from the public commented. Council President Mark McCouch said that the council would consider taking action at a later date.

Township Manager Bill Walker told Patch afterward that the council must act within 90 days. 

If the zoning is lifted, property owners within that district – including those on Keith Valley Road, parts of County Line Road, as well as , Valley View Estates, Lakeside Youth Service and Park Ridge Industrial Park – would have fewer local development restrictions. 

Walker said if and when the ACNOD is removed, property owners would most likely have their land reassessed.

But, even if Horsham moves forward with the zoning removal, Walker said some Horsham property owners would still be under federal restrictions for development and would need to “reach out to the department of Navy” to see about having those development restrictions eliminated.

The Horsham Township Council had , prior to the Horsham Land Reuse Authority’s on the bulk of 862 acres eyed for redevelopment.

McCouch said the governing body postponed its adoption of the ordinance last spring on the advice of the Montgomery County Planning Commission. It was .


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