Group discusses land development

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Planning Commission held its regular meeting Thursday afternoon at the Mifflin County Courthouse.

The commission reviewed the Subdivision and Land Development Report. Jim Lettiere, community development administrator for Mifflin County’s planning department, presented the report.

Lettiere said Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital wants to demolish its existing courtyard to construct a radiology area that will connect to the hospital itself. Upon a review of the original building plans, the commission approved the request.

Lettiere also highlighted a request submitted by Steven L. and Lisa A. Stroup, pertaining to their business. The request called for the “demolition of two buildings on site to make room for a larger garage, the project would link the two properties,” said Lettiere. According to the report, the garage is 3,128 square feet and could possibly border North Boiling Springs Avenue, exceeding the maximum lot coverage provisions provided by the county zoning ordinance.

The last ordinance discussed was a plan submitted by Michael A. and Barbara Wahler, of Wayne Township, to consolidate three lots into a single tract. Two of the lots are vacant and the third is a residence. The plan would also involve the widening of Sugar Valley Road. Following discussion, the commission approved the plan.

In other business, the commission:

¯Discussed a partnership with Keystone Communities Programs to combine funds to pay to finish sidewalk as far as Juniata Street.

¯Approved 12 municipal ordinances. The approval was based upon conditional review of the Geisinger-Lewistown ordinance.

¯Approved the changes made to the Subdivision and Land Development Application.

¯Discussed a study that will be done on the railroad station in town to see what improvements can be made to boost interest in the station.

The Mifflin County Planning Commission meets at 3:30 p.m. at the end of each month at the Mifflin County Courthouse.