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.
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.