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Residents seek permit to open barn for weddings


Douglas and Lorri Wolfe want to host weddings at their barn because their nuptials were a hit at the venue.

"We had a very successful wedding there in September and had a lot of interest in it after people saw the photos," Douglas Wolfe said.

The slate-roofed barn, which was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s, is at 5142 Central College Road. Lorri Wolfe said the structure is 48 by 32 feet and it has two haylofts.

To use the barn for weddings, the Wolfes require a conditional-use permit from the Plain Township Board of Zoning Appeals.

The board on March 12 voted 3-0, with Valerie Jorgensen abstaining, to table the permit application.

Board members said they wanted to gather more information before making a decision.

"There were a couple of citizens who asked about the noise," Douglas Wolfe said. "We're also going to come up with a better plan to present so all their concerns are taken care of."

Township Administrator Ben Collins said several conditions apply:

* The barn must comply with fire and safety codes regarding exits, signs and alarms.

* A driveway permit for a curb cut on Central College Road has been obtained.

* A plan to manage parking, noise and temporary lighting for events must be in place.

Any other issues would be addressed at the next board of zoning appeals meeting scheduled for April 9. The board meets at the Plain Township fire station, 9500 Johnstown Road.

In other business March 12, the board voted 4-0 to approve a conditional-use permit to increase the number of vehicles on sale at car lot at 5470 Hamilton Road.

The permit will allow the business to display 15 more cars, for a total of 45.