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.
Mayor Gary Cordner discussed having a chief of police instead of an officer in charge at the Nov. 20 Macungie Borough Council meeting.
Cordner recommended Sgt. Travis Kocher be named chief of police and suggested the new chief have civil service protection, which means the chief would have legal protection should any borough politicians try to remove him from the job.
Kocher said he would accept the position at council’s will. No decision was made at the Nov. 20 meeting.
A major project discussed during the Nov. 14 Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission meeting was the Spring Creek Properties sub-development project.
The utilities are partially on the Jaindl real estate property and partially on the school district’s neighboring property. The commissioners said the plan has more than adequate street trees and the overall landscaping has been approved. The utilities would use wires that go straight into the building either from poles or underground.
Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer attended the Nov. 8 Alburtis Borough Council meeting and reported there has been no difference in truck traffic. Palmer said his department pulled over 90 trucks for not staying on the proper roads in October. Resident Deb Larson was at the meeting to discuss her own experience with truckers in the borough.
Larson talked about how trucks were going over the borough’s railroad bridge, which has a 5 ton weight limit, and told about an interaction she had with a truck driver trying to cross the bridge.