Pa. development fight grows on ‘sliver’ of farmland

By: Michaelle Bond

Published: January 22, 2017

It is a mere “sliver” in the county that has the state’s richest harvest of farmland, over 100,000 of which is off-limits to development.

But conservation activists say the future of land preservation in Pennsylvania hinges on the fate of a patch of Lancaster County farmland that is less than a third of an acre.

So-called sliver taking, in which small parcels of farms are seized by eminent domain to accommodate road projects.

At the center of the controversy is a plan by the Hurst family, owners of the popular Oregon Dairy complex, to build a 75-acre housing and retail development on property not far from a busy highway it owns in growing Manheim Township, outside Lancaster City. The Hursts say the entire region would benefit from the development.

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