The May 1 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission began with the introduction of Nathan Jones as the assistant planning director. The position will take effect later this month. Jones previously worked as the planning director in Bethlehem Township and is originally from Bucks County.
The April 17 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission entailed the official township map and a 5G Zoning Tower amendment.
Planning commissioners noted many parcels of land in the township have been recently preserved. They elaborated that the largest piece of preserved land was the Shepherd Hills Golf Course. Despite this, there is still a substantial amount of unpreserved farmland, some of which is up for sale.
The April 10 meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission centered on the Schoeneck Road warehouse development. The project had last appeared before the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission April 11, 2017.
Ben Serrecchia, of Vertek and engineer Mark Buchvalt, of T and M presented the project to the planning commission. The warehouse plan was adjusted from the original 200,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet. There was a discussion about separate parking for employees. The plan also removed two dock doors, increasing the grass area.
The March 20 workshop meeting of the Lower Macungie Planning Commission involved the discussion of residential zones as a part of the zoning ordinances. In addition to the planning commissioners, Adam Supplee, a representative from Alta Planning and Design also took part in the meeting.
During the meeting, the planning commission looked at accessory uses and decided which they wanted to allow in all zones. Planning commission Chairman Maury Robert explained he wanted more clarity when it comes to which uses are permitted.
Before the March 13 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began, the Schoeneck Road Land Development applicant, asked to be removed from the agenda.
Bud Newton, of Newton Engineering, was the engineer for all three projects discussed at the meeting.
The first applicant was G&D Associates with a property on Hamilton Boulevard. The property would include an Arby’s and a second building for commercial and office use. The applicant agreed to move the buildings closer to the road.
The Feb. 13 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with some reorganization.
Commissioner Thomas F. Beil was appointed vice chairman.
The first project discussed was the Arby’s property, 5329, 5347 and 5357 Hamilton Blvd.
Project engineer Bud Newton questioned if there needed to be a hedge line along the front of the building. Director of Planning and Community Development Sara Pandl said the hedge line is not needed if there is no parking in front of the store. The proposal was approved unanimously.
Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission’s workshop meeting Feb. 6 was not advertised, so it was not an official meeting and no votes were taken.
Commissioner Tim Pickle was introduced during the meeting. Pickle has lived in Lower Macungie Township for five years and previously lived in Easton. For seven years, Pickle worked for Apple and currently lives near Mack Trucks.
The Jan. 9 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with some reorganization.
Maury Robertson was appointed chairman and Ann Bartholomew was appointed secretary. The vice chairman position was left open because the commissioners wanted to wait until the vacancy on the commission is filled.
The second phase of the Stone Hill Meadows project was discussed. Thomas Dredge was the engineer for the project. The water basin on the property has been revised to be more natural. Dredge was looking for preliminary plan approval.
The Dec. 12 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of the Millbrook Farms project.
The developer for Millbrook Farms is Tuskes Homes and their engineer is Van Cleef Engineering. The project will include 45 single family lots and one lot with a detention pond. Access to the development would be from Sauerkraut Lane.
The Nov. 29 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council began with public comment from resident Jason Bartos who raised questions regarding a property at 425 Franklin St. which failed inspection. Council explained the property was put up for sale and repairs will be made.
Bartos mentioned the numerous fire hazards in the property. Council discussed having the borough engineer, Barry Isett and Associates, take a look at the attic wiring.
Council then talked about the unemployment compensation solvency fee with a cost of over $1,500. Council decided it was not needed.