BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. – Bethlehem Township’s first public evaluation of Kay Builders’ plan to place 166 properties on one of many township’s final farms can be held Monday.
The planning fee will meet at 7 p.m. in-person on the 4225 Easton Ave. municipal constructing, and there’s a digital choice to view the proceedings.
The Kay Builders’ plan filed with the township exhibits a mixture of dwellings for the 52-acre Miller Farm on 3107 Farmersville Highway, throughout the road from the municipal park.
The Miller tract, dwelling now to cows, is likely one of the final agricultural operations left within the township. If the event proceeds as offered, the land will maintain 60 single-family properties, 40 townhouses and 66 residences. The plan exhibits timber alongside most borders and offers for open house.
Northampton County information present no sale of the land as of final week however patrons usually attain an settlement of sale pending approvals. Such an settlement wouldn’t be listed publicly.
Monday’s have a look at the sketch plan, a preliminary doc, will embrace evaluations by the township engineer, zoning workplace, public-works division and hearth marshal.
Residents have raised a number of points on social media about visitors and stormwater, however land use just isn’t decided by referendum. The Nancy Run creek crosses the property, elevating flooding considerations.
Neighbors have additionally complained about shedding open house and scenic views. After all, a lot of those self same residents, in developments with names equivalent to “The Cities at Highland Park,” additionally reside in properties that have been farmland not too a few years in the past. The farm is surrounded by homes on three sides.
South of the Miller land, Kay Builders is advertising and marketing “The Fields at RiverHill,” with dwelling costs in a variety of $422,900 to $681,400
Residential development jumped in the course of the Nineteen Fifties, in accordance with the township web site. Farmland has been transformed to residential and business makes use of for many years and the inhabitants has grown to 25,868, based mostly on the 2020 U.S. census, up from 23,730 in 2010.
The Miller tract is bounded by Reeve Drive to the north, Farmersville Highway to the east, Walter Highway to the south and Sapphire Lane to the west. The sketch plans exhibits two entrances onto Farmersville Highway, one connecting with Pheasant Run Courtroom and the opposite to the south, going through the township park. On the west aspect, one highway would connect with Scherman Boulevard and one other would run into Hummingbird Lane.
Visitors within the space is already an acknowledged downside. Board of Commissioners President John Merhottein has known as the close by junctions of Farmersville Highway and Freemansburg Avenue “the worst intersection in Bethlehem Township.” There’s a plan to align the 2 T-junctions into one customary intersection with a visitors mild, however no timetable for getting the work completed.
To the north, the intersection of Easton Avenue and Farmersville Highway additionally backs up. In the meantime, the township has had a pre-application assembly in regards to the potential for development of a medical workplace constructing at that intersection.
Development of about 274 residences is deliberate for the township and the Metropolis of Bethlehem to the west on Easton Avenue, including to the visitors circulation.
In the end, the unpopularity of improvement doesn’t matter. Throughout dialogue of the 220 new items deliberate for the previous Bethlehem Drive-In web site on Easton Avenue, township legal professional Jim Broughal mentioned not liking a plan just isn’t enough motive to disclaim it.
“You need to state chapter and verse of what provisions of the zoning and subdivision or stormwater ordinance the developer failed to fulfill,” Broughal mentioned March 7. “You may’t simply say, `I do not prefer it.’ “
Particulars of the assembly can be found on the township web site.