Tobyhanna Twp. approves zoning change to allow resorts in open space | Poconos and Coal Region

TOBYHANNA, Pa. — Tobyhanna Township supervisors on Monday approved a change to the zoning ordinance to allow “boutique” resorts in areas zoned as Open Space, despite pleas from more than 30 speakers that it would compromise the municipality’s environment and appeal.

The move will let “country resorts” be built on tracts of at least 100 acres, but will limit development to 10% of the site and no more than 100 guest rooms in guest cottages or an inn/hotel.

A resort also could include conference centers, restaurants, bars, retail and gift shops, spa and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and event