Franklin considers nursery update

Photo by Chris Barber Steve Castorani, president of North Creek Orchards, points to a diagram showing improvements he wants to make at his Franklin Township facility.

FRANKLIN -- The township planning commission responded favorably to a proposal by North Creek Nursery President Steve Castorani to put many of his small, individual greenhouses under one roof. The idea, he told them on Thursday was to increase the growing area and make the production process more efficient. He also wants to install a bathroom and a work area as well.

The nursery, at 10 McMaster Lane, grows seedlings for others to buy and plant in their gardens.

The members of the planning commission agreed to help push the application along but were concerned about elevation variations, stormwater management and the effects on a pond that sits on the edge of the property and is shared with neighbors.

The nursery is an existing non-conforming use in a village zone, and the members of the commission asked that Castorani assure that his paperwork is in order to maintain the zoning use.

He was instructed to bring his updated plan with mandatory approvals to the next meeting.

The commission also addressed a conditional use application for a veterinary hospital on the site of the old Happy Harry’s at 10 McMaster Blvd. However, the applicant, Nancy Brady, was not present.

The commission members agreed that there were too many questions for them to take action concerning noise, parking, hours of service, water usage and function. They will consider it at a later date.

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Chris Barber

Chris Barber is the editor of the Avon Grove Sun. She was previously southern bureau chief of the Daily Local News and editor of the Kennett Paper, earning honors in writing and photography. Reach the author at agsun@kennettpaper.com .