The Jan. 15 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with some reorganization.
Tom Beil was given the chairman position; Maury Robert was named vice chairman and Tim Pickle was named to the secretary position. All the appointments were unanimous.
The Nov. 13 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of a funeral home from Ricky Kulik Real Estate LLC.
The project was represented by Ron Saluatore of Matthews Environmental Solutions. Township Planning Director Sara Pandl was happy with the project’s landscaping plan, which includes a water feature in the detention basin as well as a gazebo.
There were a few waivers the applicant requested including a separate preliminary and final plan, a waiver involving the slope of the water basin and the extension of the sanitary sewer line.
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.