The July 9 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on the Mountain View Estates development and the 5G ordinance.
A discussion of the Mack Trucks proposed parking improvements was scheduled, but the applicant asked to have the discussion postponed until the next meeting. Mack Trucks wants to add a small building to the property for staging purposes.
The June 11 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission involved five development projects. Two applications, Indian Creek Village and Mountain View Estates, were removed from the agenda at the applicant’s request.
The first applicant was Elk Investments. The property is five acres in the highway industrial zone. The planning commission was pleased the buildings are to the front of the property and the parking is in the side and rear in the plan.
The May 14 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on a proposal from U-Haul for a self-storage area and the 5G Wireless Ordinance update.
Planning Director Sara Pandl said the project was a non-conforming use and the applicant was looking for a variance. The property would be Spring Creek Road near Route 100. Pandl said the buildings on the property would be outside of the 500-year flood plain on the property.
The April 16 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission centered on the submission of the overhauled zoning ordinance to the township board of commissioners. The zoning ordinance project had taken more than a year to complete.
A motion made to submit and advertise the zoning ordinance, along with the open space document and a flood plain appendix, was approved unanimously.
The zoning ordinance will be made available to the public on the township’s website the Monday before the board of commissioners meeting.
The April 9 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission involved two ongoing projects; the Weiner Farm subdivision and the Greentree Industrial Park.
Another project on the agenda, The Car Wash on Hamilton, was removed from the agenda at the applicant’s request.
Planning Director Sara Pandl explained the township subdivided the 500-year flood plain and the Weiner Farm property would be divided into five easements. Pandl said 130 acres of the property would be preserved under the farmland preservation act.
The March 27 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of changes made to the use chart in the township’s revised zoning ordinance.
There was a discussion about clubs and lodges. Co-Chairman Maury Robert questioned if the township needed any more clubs and lodges. The discussion was if the clubs should remain in the urban zone or be allowed in certain residential zones. It was decided to keep clubs and lodges in the urban zone.
The March 12 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with the discussion of a new headquarters for Air Products and Chemicals.
Planning Director Sara Pandl talked about the property connecting to Hamilton Boulevard with the street lights on the access road. The project was represented by Pat Garay. The engineer was Kevin Markel from Barry Isset & Associates.
On March 14, the Lower Macungie Planning Commission held an open house where they invited neighbors and business leaders in the community to review proposed changes to the township zoning code. The planning commission has been working on improving the zoning code for several years.
After the forum, Planning Director Sara Pandl was pleased with how the evening went.
“It was a good way for people to meet individually and talk more informally than in a formal hearing. I think it went really well,” Pandl said.
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.