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  • Clayton Council approves St. Joe's subdivision application

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  • Clayton Town Council unanimously approved subdivision application 02-12 Monday night, which will now subdivide the St. Joseph's property into five different parcels.
    Mayor Tom Horn and Councilwoman Mary Ellen DeBenedictis were not at the meeting.
    Of the five parcels the property is being divided into, two parcels each will go to Hanover Foods and Providence Creek Academy. The remaining parcel is the actual school, which is to be sold by M&T Bank. The property went into foreclosure last year.
    Prior to council's vote, Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock explained that the subdivision application isn't a typical subdivision and, therefore, the town's subdivision ordinance is almost inapplicable.
    "As you look into the subdivision ordinance, it's basically designed for a housing subdivision or a commercial subdivision," Hurlock said.
    The town's Planning and Zoning Commission did give preliminary proposal at a Dec. 11 meeting as the town's ordinance does require that any subdivisions of property must go through the proper procedures.
    Lawyer Mike Parkowski, of Parkowski, Guerke & Swayze, did briefly address council on behalf of Hanover Foods and Providence Creek Academy.
    "At the Planning Commission meeting, there was a question of intent to do anything with the spray irrigation system and there isn't," Parkowski said.
    Parkowski further explained that the whole point of the application is to simply facilitate the purchase of property to Hanover Foods and Providence Creek Academy, neither of which has any plans to do anything with the land.
    Hurlock also mentioned that it was previously requested that the application note a right-of-way easement between the Hanover and Providence Creek parcels to show the land won't be landlocked. Engineer Michael Paraskewich, of engineering firm Pelsa, said there are two right-of-ways recorded on the application.
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.

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