Robinson, Washington County, zoning proposal draws big response

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More than 100 people in Robinson, Washington County, attended a four-hour series of meetings Monday night on proposed changes to the township zoning ordinance.

Some farmers voiced opposition to their land being rezoned, while some Marcellus Shale leaseholders, along with a representative of driller Range Resources, expressed opposition to a proposed overlay district for natural gas drilling.

Brian Coppola, chairman of the supervisors, said the current zoning code is full of mistakes. He said the proposed ordinance “may need some fixing, but it’s a thousand times better than what we’ve got.”

“I think it’s a thousand times more restrictive,” said Stephen Duran, a farmer who has been elected to serve as a supervisor starting in January.

Supervisors did not vote on the new zoning regulations. Mr. Coppola said the board will consider the public comments and questions and possibly revisit the issue in December.

Andrea Iglar, freelance

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