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.
The Aug. 7 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of accessory dwelling units.
The planning commission was looking for consistency and wanted to have a clear definition of accessory dwelling units. It was questioned if they wanted accessory dwelling units to be used as rental units, such as Airbnbs.
There were questions about what is allowed in an accessory dwelling. The planning commission also questioned if accessory dwelling units are a conditional use, a special exception use or an accessory use.
The July 10 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission involved multiple housing developments where the ownership of roads was discussed.
The first project discussed was section six of the Millbrook Farms development. The property is 20.35 acres and includes 43 single family homes. During the meeting, the commissioners discussed the best configurations for recreation on the property as well as the township owning the development’s roads.
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.