The Wyoming County Planning Commission granted preliminary approval last Wednesday that clears the way for a car wash in Meshoppen, where the original Tyler Memorial Hospital once stood.
The planners got their first look 11 months ago for a facility that would be located on the south side of Route 6 between Church and Sterling Streets.
As proposed, traffic would enter the facility from Church Street and driving east would approach five bays with a large truck in the middle and two car bays on the north and south sides. They would exit onto Sterling.
The property is owned by William Ruark through a limited liability company known as Camcol Properties. Camcol had consolidated three small lots along Route 6 including the former hospital site as well as former residence of Dr. Charles Kraft.
Tim Gourley of Tract Engineering, working on Camcol’s behalf, sought four waivers to the county’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance that it felt were needed to develop the property and best conformed to the property’s limitations.
The first waiver request, Gourley suggested was for an access drive of at least 20 feet. A 20-foot setback couldn’t be met and Gourley suggested wouldn’t be needed since the facility had no deliveries.
The second waiver request regarded offstreet parking and loading areas to 70 feet, which he said couldn’t be met because the building couldn’t be located further to the west to allow exiting traffic to converge to a smaller driveway to Sterling Street.
The third waiver request to the SALDO was allowing WB-50 truck access. PC member Sandy Boyle asked if tractor-trailers would be using the wash. Gourley said the car wash was not being directed in that fashion and PC member Jim Davis had no problem with getting appropriate signage that stated that.
The fourth waiver dealt with depth-to-width ratio, and it was argued that small lots in the borough do not comply with the regulation.
All waivers had modest discussion but were approved by a unanimous voice vote of the eight members tuning in virtually by Zoom technology.
The proposed car wash then received preliminary approval on conditions of a floodway permit still pending as well as an electrical service light, both expected with the building permit.
The planners also spent some time talking about an addition to Sugar Hollow Water Services property in Eaton Township.
County planning director Lynnelle Farber noted that Eaton Township — which has more restrictive ordinances than the county — had a meeting July 1 which granted variances requested.
It, too, was granted preliminary approval to move forward by the planning commission by a 4-3 vote.