The Feb. 11 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission involved two projects – U-Haul Self Storage and Jaindl Commercial Park.
The meeting began with a discussion of the Jaindl Commercial Park North project at 6161 Hamilton Blvd. The planning commission conferred with staff and members of the Lower Macungie Fire Department to determine the emergency access service point on the property. Tom Harper, of Zator Law and Bud Newton, of Newton Engineering represented the Jaindl Commercial Park project.
The Jan. 14 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with reorganization. Tom Biel was elected chairperson and John Hammer was elected vice chairperson. Tim Pickle was chosen as secretary. Wesley Barrett also joined the planning commission after serving on the Emmaus Borough Council for 13 years.
The Dec. 10 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission involved projects from Jaindl Properties and 3P Holdings LLC.
The meeting was also Vice Chair Maury Robert’s final meeting with the planning commission. After serving on the planning commission for 32 years, Robert will join the Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners, which he was elected to, in January, 2020.
The Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission discussed the Indian Creek Village development and the ABE Doors redevelopment at its Oct. 8 meeting.
Spring Creek Properties Settlement Subdivision was to appear at the meeting but was removed from the schedule at the applicant’s request.
Indian Creek Village was the first development reviewed during the meeting.
The Sept. 10 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission involved four applicants in addition to the discussion of the 5G Ordinance.
The first applicant was Mack Trucks, who was represented by Atty. Christopher McLean, of Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubba, P.C. Mack Trucks wants to improve parking on its property as part of a multi-step project.
The project would add 543 truck parking spaces and 34 passenger parking spaces for employees and visitors. There was a discussion about where the employee parking would be on the property.
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.