Developer loses appeal over denial of mixed-use project

A Lancaster County developer has lost its bid to overturn a zoning decision blocking a mixed-use development in Manheim Township.

  • In a ruling this week, a county judge upheld the township’s denial of plans for Oregon Village, a proposed development that would bring housing, offices, shops and a hotel to a nearly 76-acre tract that currently houses the Oregon Dairy supermarket and a former resort property.
  • The ruling from Judge Leonard G. Brown III is the latest in a back-and-forth legal battle over the project, pitched by RV Holdings LP and Hurst Family Estate LP, entities representing members of the family that owns Oregon Dairy

What’s the issue: Whether the project plans were out of compliance because they did not identify a neighboring bed-and-breakfast as a historic site.

  • Bill Cluck, an attorney for B&B owner Mary Bolinger, praised the decision.
  • Bolinger has contended that the developer’s plans should have listed her property, the Olde Oregon Farmhouse, as a historic structure and accounted for the project’s impact on it,
  • “The court got it right,” Cluck said.
  • Matthew Hennesy, an attorney for the developer, declined to comment.
  • Dwight Yoder, an attorney for the township, also declined to comment, saying he had not yet had a chance to read the decision.

When did this start: In July 2019, when Manheim supervisors gave conditional approval to the Oregon Village project, which had drawn fierce opposition from neighbors.

What’s next: The developer has 30 days to appeal the decision to Commonwealth Court.

  • Cluck expected an appeal would come.


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