In a tie-breaker vote from Mayor Tim Scott, Carlisle reversed a restriction on warehouses in part of the area where Goodman Birtcher plans to build a warehouse trucking facility.
The vote amended zoning that has been in place since the 90’s and will now allow warehousing in the area.
Goodman Birtcher will now go forward with development plans. It wants to build a nearly two-million square foot trucking center that will span three municipalities; Carlisle Borough, and South Middleton and Dickinson townships. Plans for a warehouse in West Pennsboro were withdrawn.
Last month, Dickinson Township made changes to its zoning. The topic has been hotly debated for some time now. Proponents tout jobs and tax dollars while opponents say it will add pollution and congestion.
“(It’s) giving residents a voice, a seat at the table, and if we are a part of the process then we can make conditions on the use on our land,” Mayor Scott said after the vote. “It’s the heart versus the mind, and the heart wants one thing, the mind is saying it makes more sense to do it this way.”