Northampton County Council committee to listen to about River Pointe from Higher Mount Bethel's Ed Nelson

Higher Mount Bethel Township Supervisor Ed Nelson will meet with a Northampton County Council committee on Thursday, with the River Pointe Logistics on the agenda.

Developer Lou Pektor leads the crew that plans to create an industrial park on greater than 700 acres alongside the Delaware River in Higher Mount Bethel. The land has been zoned for trade for many years and the township supervisors have authorized a zoning modification for River Pointe, however some residents nonetheless oppose the plan, citing site visitors, noise, air pollution and a risk to their rural way of life.

That has led to litigation, with Pektor claiming that some residents are utilizing delaying techniques to dam a improvement that’s allowed by zoning.

Nelson will handle the Financial Improvement Committee at 3:30 p.m. in council chambers within the county authorities middle in Easton. Particulars, together with a hyperlink to an Web broadcast of the assembly, can be found on the county web site.

Nelson has advocated for River Pointe, saying the township should broaden its tax base. UMBT covers 44 sq. miles and about 85% of the land is preserved as open house or farmland, thus paying no property tax or lowered property tax. That locations a burden on the 6,500 residents. The township accounts for greater than 10% of Northampton County’s 377 sq. miles however solely about 2% of the county inhabitants.

County Council has no authority over planning or zoning points within the township, and Nelson has mentioned that there’s not a lot to dispute about River Pointe.

“That was at all times industrial property. This isn’t an uncommon factor,” he mentioned throughout a current interview. He reiterated that the township ordinance is evident: the River Pointe land is zoned for trade and industrial makes use of already function within the space.

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“The developer needs to make cash, and the township needs to protect some form of affordable way of life,” he mentioned. “See how one can make it work collectively. That is what authorities is for.”

Objecting to a property proprietor’s plan to develop land as allowed by zoning is a waste of time, Nelson mentioned.

Nelson was lately appointed to the 37-member Lehigh Valley Planning Fee.