What's going on with Wawa's challenge to Newtown's zoning ordinance, which does not currently have a use for a combination gas station and convenience store anywhere in the "Jointure" (Newtown, Wrightstown, Upper Makefield)?
According to a story published in the Bucks County Courier Times (see below), Wawa’s hearing before the Newtown Zoning Hearing Board was continued until the March 5 meeting at the request of township solicitor David Sander. No reason was mentioned in the aricle.
Meanwhile, the Jointure is considering adding such a use (E30) to the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance. The process has a way to go, but the current draft has most of the things Wawa specifically would want, including large square footage of store space and up to 16 gas pumps despite the Jointure solicitor's advice that "You are allowed to free your mind of the 5600 square foot minimum and the traditional Wawa layout" and despite the concern of Newtown's Planning Commission about the size of the building and recommednation that the number of gas pumps be limited to eight (listen to the Commission's comments here).
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