Bethlehem Township commissioners to assessment Kay Builders' Farmersville growth plan April 18

Kay Builders’ plan to construct 166 housing items on open house on Farmersville Highway can be reviewed April 18 by Bethlehem Township’s Board of Commissioners.

The township Planning Fee reviewed the plan Monday, although any suggestion on the proposed growth is months away. The planners make suggestions to the board of commissioners, who’ve the ultimate say on land-use.

The 52-acre Miller farm at 3107 Farmersville Highway is privately owned and in a residential zone. Kay Builders has an settlement to purchase it, a planning commissioner mentioned Monday. No sale has been recorded but by Northampton County.

At Monday’s assembly, residents complained about how the event will add to site visitors woes alongside Farmersville Highway and on the street’s intersections with Easton Avenue, the place a medical constructing could also be constructed, and Freemansburg Avenue, dubbed by Board of Commissioners President John Merhottein as “the worst intersection in Bethlehem Township.”

Township Planning Director Amanda Raudenbush has requested Rick Roseberry of Colliers Engineering to attend the April 18 assembly to current the “sketch plan” to the board. Commissioners will touch upon the proposal on the assembly, however not vote. A vote could also be months away. A sketch plan is a preliminary proposal that builders current to hunt enter from native authorities.

A number of the residents who’ve complained concerning the plan dwell on properties close by that had been additionally constructed on farmland in the previous couple of a long time. Others objected Monday to points past the authority of the planning fee, and of the township usually.

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One resident questioned whether or not the ability grid could be strained, however PPL Corp. serves about 2.5 million clients and might accommodate one other 166 plus a clubhouse. Animal migration routes had been raised, together with the federal safety of migratory waterfowl. That safety doesn’t stop growth, it says that sure birds can solely be hunted in season.

Folks like seeing the farm, however Planning Fee Chairman Les Walker identified Monday, “If you purchased the home, you did not purchase the view.” The Millers personal the land and might promote it, and Kay Builders can develop it inside limits set by township zoning.

Roseberry, talking for Kay Builders on Monday, mentioned the zoning ordinance would permit as many as 265 items on the land if the developer needed to “pack it with townhouses.” The 166 items within the sketch plan embody 60 single-family properties, 40 townhouses and 66 residences. All dwellings can be on the market; there can be no leases.

The Miller land is throughout the road from the township municipal park and has been farmed for about 300 years. The present plan is to maintain the stone farmhouse as a neighborhood heart.

Tuesday, Commissioner Dale Sourbeck, who helps saving open house within the township, mentioned there’s little the board can do as a result of the zoning ordinance permits growth on the Miller tract. He mentioned inquiries had been made about attempting to purchase the land, however the township couldn’t afford it.

“I’m certain by the legislation,” Sourbeck mentioned: a growth can’t be blocked simply because folks don’t prefer it.

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Northampton County Govt Lamont McClure mentioned in an interview Tuesday that the county was not conscious of the land deal till it was full.

Particulars concerning the April 18 assembly can be posted on the township web site.