Housing plan not dead just yet in Ross

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Even as they voted to ratify the findings of their independent counsel that led to their rejection of a proposed housing development at the former Highland Country Club, Ross commissioners said they are willing to meet with the developer to find a way to make the plan palatable to the township.

Commissioners voted 9-0 Monday to ratify the findings of their special counsel, Bill Sittig. But Commissioner Chris Eyster said they want to work with the developer on the major sticking point -- the traffic the development is expected to generate on already busy two-lane roads.

"We are going to send out a message to the developer that we are willing to sit down at the table and consider the plan with certain revisions and amendments," he said.

Limerick Land Partners proposed 134 single-family homes and 167 townhouses on the property on Highland Avenue. Commissioners rejected the plan by a 5-4 vote last month. The attorney for Limerick, Jonathan Kamin, said the firm would appeal to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

In other meeting activity, commissioners introduced an ordinance that shortens the time period in which trash can be collected from commercial and other non-residential properties.

Trash companies are allowed to collect between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., but residents who live near two North Hills schools complained last month about the noise generated when trash is picked up at 10:30 p.m.

Trash can be collected from commercial and non-commercial properties, including schools, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to the proposed change.

Amanda Hartle, communications coordinator for the North Hills School District, said the district's trash contractor picks up within the guidelines of the current ordinance. If the ordinance is changed, the contractor will comply with the new hours.

Commissioners will vote on the change at their next meeting, which has been moved from May 20 to 22 because of the primary election.

The commissioners also awarded a $13,290 contract to Steel City Landscaping for the maintenance of the grass in the parks and ball fields.

And, they approved a temporary banner above McKnight Road to publicize the health fair being organized by the Ross Business and Economic Development organization from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8 at the Shoppes at Northway.


Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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