The July 3 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on zoning ordinances in various districts.
In the rural district, there was a discussion about impervious coverage. It was felt for a place of worship a maximum impervious coverage of 25 percent seemed low because they tend to have large parking lots.
The discussion then turned to the possibility of separating churches and cemeteries. The planning commission concluded cemeteries should be a separate use than places of worship.
The June 19 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on the East Texas Village 3 draft ordinance and buffer yards.
The planning commissioners explained existing day care centers are a permitted use, but newly constructed day care centers would be a conditional use. There was a discussion about all uses in the district having a 50-foot setback.
The June 5 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on the zoning ordinances in East Texas Village District 3.
The main topic of the meeting was developing a parcel of the Weiner tract. A plan was introduced to turn the 16-acre plot at Lower Macungie and Brookside roads into a mixed use housing development.
The development would include a circle of townhouses with some small commercial buildings in middle. Engineer Bud Newtown described the development as village style and explained it would be very walkable.
The May 15 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on ordinances for the township’s industrial zones.
The township has four industrial zones – the industrial zone, the highway industrial Spring Creek zone, the highway industrial zone and the office, research and light industrial center zone.
The May 8 meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission focused on the Schoeneck Road development.
The warehouse on the property was scaled down from 30 dock doors to 24 and from 200,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet. There were concerns about the short driveway on the property and the possibility of trucks getting backed up onto Schoeneck Road. It was questioned whether a warehouse is suitable for this property.
The May 1 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission began with the introduction of Nathan Jones as the assistant planning director. The position will take effect later this month. Jones previously worked as the planning director in Bethlehem Township and is originally from Bucks County.
The April 17 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission entailed the official township map and a 5G Zoning Tower amendment.
Planning commissioners noted many parcels of land in the township have been recently preserved. They elaborated that the largest piece of preserved land was the Shepherd Hills Golf Course. Despite this, there is still a substantial amount of unpreserved farmland, some of which is up for sale.
The April 10 meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission centered on the Schoeneck Road warehouse development. The project had last appeared before the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission April 11, 2017.
Ben Serrecchia, of Vertek and engineer Mark Buchvalt, of T and M presented the project to the planning commission. The warehouse plan was adjusted from the original 200,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet. There was a discussion about separate parking for employees. The plan also removed two dock doors, increasing the grass area.
The March 20 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission involved the discussion of residential zones as a part of the zoning ordinances. In addition to the planning commissioners, Adam Supplee, a representative from Alta Planning and Design also took part in the meeting.
During the meeting, the planning commission looked at accessory uses and decided which they wanted to allow in all zones. Planning commission Chairman Maury Robert explained he wanted more clarity when it comes to which uses are permitted.
Before the March 13 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began, the Schoeneck Road Land Development applicant, asked to be removed from the agenda.
Bud Newton, of Newton Engineering, was the engineer for all three projects discussed at the meeting.
The first applicant was G&D Associates with a property on Hamilton Boulevard. The property would include an Arby’s and a second building for commercial and office use. The applicant agreed to move the buildings closer to the road.