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STORY: Judge rules environmental violations can inform how townships evaluate land use permits

August 26, 2022 story by Anya Litvak in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points to how an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge’s ruling, favoring the township supervisors and Concerned Residents Of West Deer (CROWD), threw a wrench in Olympus’ plan to construct the ‘Dionysus’ well pad in West Deer Township.

Any development is bound to have some detrimental effects, the judge noted. Those are baked into lawmakers’ decisions about what is and isn’t a legal use. But if the township supervisors believe that granting a particular permit will cause harm above and beyond what would be generally expected for this kind of activity, they have a right to deny the permit. In other words, a conditional use isn’t something that township officials can deny because they want to, but only if the specific conditions of the permit aren’t met.

by Anya Litvak | Judge rules environmental violations can inform how townships evaluate land use permits | August 26, 2022

December 15, 2021 Resolution by the Board of Supervisors in West Deer Township:

Dionysus is the god of the grape-harvest, winemaking, orchards and fruit, vegetation, fertility, insanity, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity, and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth. He is also known as Bacchus by the Greeks. This name was later adopted by the Romans; the frenzy that he induces is bakkheia.”

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