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South Park Township supervisors grant preliminary approval to controversial Sleepy Hollow housing development

South Park Township leaders approve controversial housing development
South Park Township leaders approve controversial housing development 01:58

SOUTH PARK TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) -- South Park Township supervisors have given preliminary approval to a controversial housing development, voting against the recommendation of their own planning commission.

A developer wants to build more than 100 new homes along Sleepy Hollow Road, right next to the South Park Game Preserve.

The township supervisors attached a number of requirements for the developer before the project can move forward.

Township supervisors in South Park have voted to grant preliminary approval for a developer to build more than a hundred new homes along Sleepy Hollow Road. KDKA Photojournalist Bryce Lutz

Neighbors have had problems with the idea for more than a year, going back to when a different developer walked away from a separate proposal on the same land. 

Some people are worried about the traffic, safety, environmental issues, damage to their properties, and how the development could impact the 11 bison that live on the game preserve. 

"Majestic Woods, as it is being referred to, is hands down one of the most controversial and challenging developments to our community," one person said.

"This property is a hidden gem that contains trees, wetlands, trails, an abundance of wildlife, and borders the county park," another person said. "This area and Sleepy Hollow Road are frequently used by equestrians, hikers, and bikers." 

The South Park Township Board of Supervisors meets on the second Monday of each month. 

It's unclear what may be on the agenda related to the development project for the next meeting. 

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