Dover Township has taken a step toward reducing the density of some future residential development in the township.
Supervisors Monday rezoned six parcels, totaling more than 350 acres combined, from R3 medium density residential to other zoning districts, including agricultural, commercial and industrial.
The largest is a 165-acre farm property owned by Pennfield Corp., at Hilton Avenue and Bull Road. The township rezoned the land to commercial.
Township Manager Laurel Oswalt said supervisors believed that R3 zoning would allow too many apartments or high-density uses in the future.
"We don't have a lot of commercial," she said, adding "that would be a good spot for commercial extension from Route 30 up Bull Road."
Until a couple of years ago, the property was zoned for a business park, she said.
But the business park zoning designation was removed from the township books in 2011 as part of a periodic overhaul of the zoning ordinance. Supervisors then zoned the land for R3 until this week.
Oswalt added that there have been no inquiries about developing the property and the owner did not request the change.
The zoning designation is not new to the neighborhood. A strip of commercial land fronting on Bull Road already extends from the township border at the east edge of the Pennfield property north to East Canal Road.
The other properties rezoned this week are:
--- 83-acres on the south side of Butter Road, owned by Miriam Lamparter, to agricultural
--- 3.3 acres on Butter Road, owned by Thomas Lamparter, to industrial
--- .9 acres on Butter Road, owned by Paul and Alyce Neiman, to agricultural
--- 103 acres bordered on the east by Cardinal Lane and the south by Shadowbrooke Drive, owned by Todd Lamparter, to R-1 low density residential
--- 2.67 acres near Stauffers of Kissel Hill on Carlisle Road, owned by Ashcombe Products Co., to commercial