Friday, March 21, 2008

Two Hearings In One Night - Kings Mill/KMRD - March 24th

Round 2 - KMRD Procedural Challenge & Round 20 - Kings Mill Substantive Challenge to Forks Zoning on the same night, Monday, March 24th beginning at 7:30 PM.

The Zoning Hearing Board will hear the second and final round of the KMRD Procedural Challenge.  Forks' Solicitor Karl Kline will testify as to the procedures followed in enacting the 2006 Zoning Ordinance. 

KMRD alleges that something was missed in the 2006 process as well as in every process back to 1983.  The attorneys say that KMRD should therefore be allowed to build in the Farmland Protection District (FP) under 1983 rules. 

Forks defense is that if the 2006 Zoning Ordinance is ruled procedurally proper, then it is the law and whatever happened before is irrelevant.  The Township has produced 300 pages of documentation on the 2006 ordinance process. 

This will be decided by the Zoning Hearing Board on this night.  (You can bet that however it turns out, there will be a challenge filed in the Northampton Court of Common Pleas.)

After the Procedural Challenge, time permitting of course, the Township defense team will call its final witness in the Kings Mill Substantive Challenge.  This will begin its 20th Round

Charlie Schmehl of Urban Research & Development Corporation will testify.  He is the guiding light (and paid consultant) for the 2006 Zoning Ordinance.  He also worked on Forks' new SALDO (Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance), and the soon to be adopted new Forks' Comprehensive Plan.

The expectation is that Mr. Schmehl's testimony will conclude on March 31st.  An April 21st meeting has been scheduled as well.  We are guessing but believe the April meeting is for summations.

Folks, it's almost over!  Come out, come out, wherever you are!  It's time!

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