Township eases development process
Caln Township officials are trying to clear the way for more development along Lincoln Highway by streamlining the zoning process.
Property owners on the approximately three-mile stretch between its borders with Coatesville and Downingtown can now redevelop their property by going through approval with only the Board of Commissioners. The zoning requirements, previously overseen by the zoning board, are still in place. But the approval process will be handled by the commissioners, according to zoning officer Andrew Reczek.
"The thought was we could help developers avoid those fees and the costs associated with those hearings in bringing their engineers in on two occasions, the lawyers on two occasions," he said.
The change is intended to work in conjunction with the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance ordinance passed by the township in August. That allows property owners who take on development projects to pay the taxes based on their new property evaluation incrementally, starting with 10 percent of the value and increasing annually.
Reczek said LERTA had already spurred two developments under construction: a new Popeye's and a renovation at Del Toyota. - Tricia L. Nadolny