The March 5 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of the public forum scheduled March 14 to discuss the revised zoning ordinance.
The six talking points of the forum are going to be main streets and villages, highway commercial uses, new uses, environmental regulations, open space and design guidelines for adaptive reuse. The forum is for neighbors likely to be affected by the new zoning ordinance and will take place 5:30 p.m. There will be a meeting for the public 7 p.m.
The Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission met Feb. 27 to make up for a Feb. 12 meeting postponed due to snow. The meeting focused on general regulations and mixed uses in the township’s zoning ordinance.
The planning commission discussed outdoor recreation activities on farmland. The purpose of these accessory uses is to help farmers hold on to their property and keep it profitable. There was a discussion about setbacks. It was decided the agricultural entertainment uses need to be 50 feet from the property line if the property abuts a residential property.
The Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission’s Feb. 19 workshop meeting centered on revising a draft of the township’s zoning ordinance.
The meeting began with a discussion of the open space neighborhood concept. Open space neighborhoods would have a special focus on active and passive recreation. It was questioned what would be permitted in the open space.
The Feb. 5 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission involved further discussion of the drafted zoning ordinance. The discussion began with the highway enterprise zone.
The highway enterprise zone would focus on high performance specialty manufacturing. Planning commissioners talked about wanting to bring in a group of industrial properties into the zone.
The Jan. 22 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on the definitions and commercial zones in a draft of the township’s new zoning ordinance.
Township Director of Planning Sara Pandl talked about how the zoning ordinance had to protect the township’s natural resources, such as the Little Lehigh and Swabia creeks and South Mountain.
The Jan. 15 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with some reorganization.
Tom Beil was given the chairman position; Maury Robert was named vice chairman and Tim Pickle was named to the secretary position. All the appointments were unanimous.
The Nov. 13 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of a funeral home from Ricky Kulik Real Estate LLC.
The project was represented by Ron Saluatore of Matthews Environmental Solutions. Township Planning Director Sara Pandl was happy with the project’s landscaping plan, which includes a water feature in the detention basin as well as a gazebo.
There were a few waivers the applicant requested including a separate preliminary and final plan, a waiver involving the slope of the water basin and the extension of the sanitary sewer line.
The Sept. 4 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission focused primarily on the Wescosville Village Zone.
In the village of Wescosville, the planning commission wanted to encourage the reuse of the existing structures. There was a discussion about the idea of temporary parking.
The Aug. 14 meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission focused on residential and business development.
One topic discussed during the meeting was the second phase of the Stone Hill Meadows development. There was a discussion about the recreation fee required with the development.
The planning commission also talked about stormwater collection and a walking path in the development with Engineer Thomas Dredge.
Planners asked to see the light plan for the development. They also had questions about landscaping on the property.
The Aug. 21 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of Hamilton Crossings.
It was questioned whether Hamilton Crossings should remain in the Wescosville village district or if it should be in the highway commercial district. Planners wondered if shopping centers should be allowed in the Wescosville village district.
“We can be somewhat creative when we are drawing the zoning district lines,” Commission Chair Maury Robert said.