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Public Notice – Proposed Zoning Ordinance Changes

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Middlesex Township Planning Commission will
consider a draft of a proposed zoning ordinance for Middlesex Township at its regular
meeting being held on Monday February 12, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. prevailing time, at the
Middlesex Township Municipal Building located at 350 N. Middlesex Road, Carlisle,
Pennsylvania. The Planning Commission will also consider the draft zoning ordinance at
its 7:00 p.m. meetings on February 26, 2024, March 11, 2024 and March 25, 2024 and
possibly other meetings of the Planning Commission, as the Planning Commission may
decide and its posted agendas shall note. The Planning Commission shall after
considering the draft zoning ordinance at its public meetings present the proposed zoning
ordinance with its recommendations and explanatory materials to the Board of
Supervisors for the Supervisors’ consideration.
The public is invited to attend the Planning Commission meetings as the Planning
Commission considers the draft ordinance. Public comments concerning the draft of the
proposed zoning ordinance may be made to and submitted to the Planning Commission in
person or in writing or on our webisite by clicking here or following the link below.  A complete copy of the draft zoning ordinance being considered
by the Planning Commission is available on the Middlesex Township website at
https://middlesextwp.com/. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend the
meeting scheduled as noted above and require an auxiliary aid, service or other
accommodation to participate, please contact Middlesex Township at 844-256-7024 to
discuss how Middlesex Township may best accommodate your needs.
Eileen Gault, Township Secretary

 

 

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Middlesex Township Zoning Ordinance Amendment

Middlesex Township is in the process of considering amendments to the current zoning ordinance. We value your input and invite you to share your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding these potential changes. Your feedback is crucial in helping us make informed decisions that benefit our community. To submit a comment concerning the proposed zoning ordinance, please complete the online form below.

The proposed ordinance can be downloaded here for you review.

Relevant Information:

 

 

Description Preview File
Proposed Middlesex Twp Draft Zoning Ordinance 25JAN2024 Download
Public Notice Download
Proposed Zoning Map Download

 

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important process. Your input is essential in shaping the future of Middlesex Township. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please contact us at(717)249-4409.

Sincerely,
Eileen Gault
Manager-Sec./Treas.
Middlesex Township

Privacy Notice:

Your personal information will be kept confidential and will only be used for the purpose of this public comment process.

 


Welcome To Middlesex Township

The Middlesex Township web site was created as a service to the community, making it easier to access Township and Community related information.  It is our desire to provide updated and accurate information 24 hours a day.  When official documentation is needed, it can be obtained at the Township Office.
Some facts about Middlesex Township:
  • North Middlesex Road was originally a Native American trail leading to Sterret’s Gap.
  • In the area of the Country Club students from the Carlisle Indian School lived and learned modern farming practices. Some attended the Middlesex one-room school.
  • A Native American village was situated on Old Stonehouse Road near Ridge Drive and what is now the township line.
  • On Wertzville Road between Mountain Road and Sunnyside Drive Native Americans passed through Sterret’s Gap, wounding a man, killing his horse and captured a woman, her two sons and daughter.
  • The Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast, located on Hickorytown Road, was part of the Underground Railroad. Rev Gen John Miller is said to be buried in a field there.
  • Drytown, located on Claremont Road, is said to have received its name because the residents would not give the soldiers water as they passed through. It was originally called Farview.
  • Confederate Troops traveled through Hickorytown on June 28th, 1863 on their way to shell Carlisle, after spending the night in Mechanicsburg.
The township would like to express our thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Preston for compiling this information and allowing it to be printed and Simpson Photography for the photos. This was taken from their original works: “Self Guided Historical Tour of Middlesex Township.” which has a total of 34 sites of interest in the township. Th

Cumberland County 9-1-1 Funding

Cumberland County Municipalities,

 

Funding for 9-1-1 in Pennsylvania is at risk. The state’s 9-1-1 surcharge, which provides funding to counties, is set to expire on Jan. 31, 2024.

Cumberland County is urging our state lawmakers to reauthorize and increase this surcharge before it’s too late.

If the surcharge is not reauthorized, the primary source of funding for 9-1-1 services will disappear, causing a nearly $10 million 9-1-1 budget to fall on county taxpayers.

Please consider sharing the attached image along with a link to our website on your social media pages and website to help get the word out to our residents.

Learn more about this issue on our website at www.cumberlandcountypa.gov/5128/9-1-1-Funding

 If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you!

Michael R. Snyder, MSEM, ENP

Department of Public Safety  |  9-1-1 Operations Manager

Cumberland County SRT | Crisis Negotiation Team Leader

Cumberland County CISM/Peer Support | Coordinator

o: 717.218.2916  |  c: 717.226.1805

1 Public Safety Drive . Carlisle . PA 17013

cumberlandcountypa.gov

Middlesex Township Rejects “Miracle Mile” Redevelopment Opportunity

On Friday, February 24, 2023, Middlesex Township made a significant decision regarding its renowned “Miracle Mile.” Township officials voted unanimously, with a 3-0 decision, to postpone a proposed redevelopment opportunity that could have transformed the Harrisburg Pike corridor. In a unanimous 3-0 vote, township officials turned down the idea of adding a new “redevelopment opportunity overlay” district to their land use map.

During the discussion, board members expressed their reservations about the proposal. Supervisor Steve Larson mentioned that he felt unprepared to approve the plan in its current form and needed more time to research the existing zoning regulations.

The proposal, presented by attorney Charles Courtney on behalf of St. Louis-based land development company CRG, aimed to create a comprehensive “super-zone” for the Harrisburg Pike corridor. This new district would have connected to both the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 81, making it an attractive location for various developments.

The area along the Harrisburg Pike has historically been home to truck stops, terminals, hotels, and restaurants. However, the proposal sought to revamp the area, which currently includes a mix of motels, truck terminals, vacant buildings, fast-food franchises, and an adult bookstore.

The proposed redevelopment opportunity district would have offered property owners greater flexibility compared to existing zoning regulations, potentially reducing the need for variances or special exceptions. Developers would have been required to meet certain architectural and screening standards and adhere to stricter traffic access controls on the Pike, which serves as State Route 11 through the township.

Courtney argued that similar overlay districts had successfully encouraged redevelopment in other municipalities, with interest already brewing along the corridor. However, many residents at the meeting voiced their concerns, particularly about the inclusion of warehousing and distribution as permitted uses within the overlay zone.

Residents, already contending with multiple truck stops, terminals, and warehouses in the area, were hesitant about introducing more truck traffic. Some felt that the proposed overlay was too extensive, running from the Silver Spring Township line to Wolf’s Bridge Road. They also expressed concerns about losing the checks and balances provided by zoning variances and special exceptions.

While some residents were open to a more limited overlay focused solely on Harrisburg Pike frontage, others viewed the proposal as an overreach onto their land. Courtney countered by highlighting that many existing uses along the Pike were established under more lenient regulations in the past and emphasized the need for incentives to encourage redevelopment.

Although the proposal was rejected, it remains uncertain whether the proponents will submit a revised plan. If they choose to do so, it would entail a fresh review by the Middlesex Planning Commission.

For now, Middlesex Township has opted to delay any significant changes to the “Miracle Mile” corridor, ensuring that community concerns are thoroughly addressed before moving forward.

Stover Farms: Where Tradition Meets Modern Farming

In the heart of Middlesex Township, just east of Carlisle in Cumberland County, lies Stover Farms. It’s a place where the timeless traditions of farming meet the demands of modern agriculture. As I arrived at the farm one sunny afternoon, I was greeted by a scene of bustling activity. Farmers had already been hard at work for nine hours, a testament to the dedication that defines life on the farm.

Stover Farms stands as the last dairy farm in Middlesex Township, a community that has seen significant transformation over the years, with more truckstops and housing developments than traditional silos. However, within this evolving landscape, Stover Farms remains a beacon of agricultural heritage. During my visit, I encountered four generations of the Stover family, all actively involved in the daily operations. The farm is a true family affair, with uncles driving tractors, cousins and a neighbor’s boy mending fences, and Grandma overseeing the care of young calves while keeping a watchful eye on the kids.

At the forefront of Stover Farms today is Amy Brickner, a dynamic force in the family’s agricultural legacy. As she guided me through the various barns, it was evident that she was in constant motion, always inspecting, carrying, or shoveling something. Stover Farms boasts a herd of 175 Holstein cows, making it larger than the average family farm in Pennsylvania. This growth was necessitated by changes in the 1990s when a nearby farm sold out, and the dairy processor that bought their milk ceased operations. The Stovers expanded and joined Mt. Joy Co-op to adapt to these shifts.

Amy’s journey back to the farm was not one she had initially planned. Armed with degrees from Cornell and the University of Wisconsin, her intentions were originally set on agricultural research. However, fate had other plans, and she met the love of her life in Carlisle, ultimately drawing her into the rich tradition of Stover farmers.

Upon her return, Amy faced a family reluctant to embrace her feeding ideas. She humorously reflects, “I had the academic knowledge but lacked practical experience.” Nevertheless, she has now developed a deep connection with the cows, introducing each one like a cherished friend, recounting their lineage, offspring, and daily milk production.

One particular calf’s birth story left a lasting impression on Amy. It was a challenging birth, with the calf coming out in a backward position. Amy vividly remembers the moment when she was unexpectedly squirted in the face with birthing fluid. Today, that calf has matured into a fully grown cow and is preparing for her second pregnancy.

While the daily routine of farm life demands dedication 365 days a year, with at least two people required for the 3:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. milking sessions, Amy maintains her enthusiasm. She acknowledges that it might sometimes feel like Groundhog Day, but the joy of witnessing a calf’s birth and watching it grow is a reward that keeps her spirits high.

Beyond the daily challenges of farming, Amy also navigates the ever-present hand of government regulation. She expresses concerns about potential interference in their marketing strategies, a worry shared by many farmers in the industry. The intricacies of the agricultural business extend beyond the farm, and Amy occasionally wishes she had paid more attention in her college business classes.

Family farmers like the Stovers often find it necessary to diversify their income sources beyond dairy farming alone. In their case, they cultivate crops on 1,400 acres and sell the grain. While milk prices have been favorable this year, feed prices have skyrocketed, with the cost of cottonseed, a critical feed ingredient, doubling since Amy’s return in 2006.

Environmental regulations, especially those related to Chesapeake Bay protection initiatives, pose an additional challenge. During my visit, I observed the family cleaning out manure from the barn, a task supported by a partial grant for a new manure management technique. The agricultural landscape is constantly evolving, with new regulations emerging each year.

Stover Farms is not just a farm; it’s a living testament to the enduring spirit of family farming in the face of change. Cumberland County’s heritage, though shifting towards the western part of the county, continues to thrive in places like Stover Farms. The story of Amy Brickner, her family, and their commitment to preserving tradition while embracing modern farming practices is a story worth celebrating.

As someone asked Amy’s young son, Graeson, if he aspired to be a farmer when he grew up, his candid response spoke volumes: “Why would I wait until I grow up? I’m already a farmer.” It’s a sentiment that encapsulates the deep-rooted connection between this family and the timeless tradition of farming that defines their lives.

So, next time you pass by Stover Farms, take a moment to appreciate the enduring legacy of a family dedicated to nurturing the land and the animals that call it home. In a rapidly changing world, Stover Farms stands as a beacon of resilience, where the past and the future of farming converge.

Discover Destiny Dairy Bar at Stover Farm

Experience the joy of farm-fresh delights at Destiny Dairy Bar, nestled in Middlesex Township, just east of Carlisle. Founded on a century-old family farm, Destiny Dairy Bar offers a delightful selection of pasteurized, non-homogenized milk in a variety of delectable flavors, including root beer, cookies n’ cream, mint chocolate, and coffee.

But it’s not just about the milk; it’s a place to connect with agriculture and savor the taste of wholesome goodness. Visitors can witness the milking process, explore the 400-acre farm, and interact with charming farm animals, including goats and pigs. For those eager to dive deeper into the agricultural experience, farm tours are also available.

Destiny’s milk is not only a fantastic source of protein but also provides the indulgent taste of a milkshake with only a fraction of the calories. As nationwide milk consumption trends change, Destiny Dairy Bar aims to reignite interest in this wholesome beverage, offering both regular and A2 milk options.

As part of their future plans, Destiny Dairy Bar will introduce farm-fresh ice cream made from their milk, process milk on-site, delve into cheese production, and even offer Wagyu cross-bred beef by August.

Join us at Destiny Dairy Bar for an enriching farm-to-table experience. They’re open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with potential seasonal hour changes. Explore the taste of destiny and reconnect with the roots of agriculture at Destiny Dairy Bar.

Natural Beauty and Outdoor Recreation

Living in Middlesex Township means being surrounded by the beauty of nature. With the Appalachian Trail crossing the northern half of the Cumberland Valley near our eastern border, residents and visitors alike can enjoy hiking, biking, and exploring the scenic landscapes. Our location also provides easy access to the Conodoguinet Creek, a perfect spot for fishing, picnicking, and enjoying the great outdoors.