Pektor's Higher Mount Bethel industrial challenge attracts opposition; LVPC has no authority to dam it

Opponents of River Pointe Logistics Park raised acquainted complaints Thursday concerning the Higher Mount Bethel Township industrial growth, the identical arguments that didn’t sway their native authorities. 

The discussion board Thursday was the Lehigh Valley Planning Fee’s digital assembly, however the LVPC has no authority to cease Lou Pektor’s 700-plus acre plan, often known as RPL. That didn’t cease the opposition from speaking once more concerning the challenge’s impact on growth, the Delaware Water Hole, visitors and extra. They contend the economic plan will wreck their rural lifestyle. 

Lawyer Gary Asteak began the assembly by discussing the restricted position of the LVPC.   

“Our evaluate must be knowledgeable one. We’re in search of constructive feedback, goal feedback and throughout the context of respecting the native municipality for making the alternatives they made,” he mentioned. “This can be a challenge that was zoned industrial by the municipality.” 

The fee’s personal evaluate of the plan finds it “usually constant” with the LVPC’s plan for the Lehigh Valley. Pektor’s land is in an industrial zone, and he has the correct to construct on it. The fee generally doesn’t vote on whether or not a growth can proceed. It votes on sending its skilled employees’s critiques to municipalities, which have the ultimate resolution on land use.  

The evaluate permitted Thursday for the division of 804 acres into 12 constructing tons, open area and a strolling path consists of caveats, noting that the visitors generated by the economic park alongside the Delaware River might exceed the capability of native roads. There may be additionally a railroad bridge on River Highway beneath which massive vehicles would possibly get caught, creating security and visitors issues, in accordance with LVPC Senior Group Planner Jillian Seitz. 

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These points have been already mentioned at an LVPC committee assembly Tuesday. Pektor’s crew appeared at that assembly, however didn’t handle the complete fee Thursday. 

After commissioners spoke, the general public weighed in towards River Pointe. 

“If this growth is coming, we obtained to have the infrastructure,” Higher Mount Bethel Township Supervisor John Bermingham mentioned. 

Township resident Charles Cole, one of many organizers of the band of opponents who go from assembly to assembly, mentioned the tax income River Pointe will generate is just not the one facet of the challenge to be thought-about. In line with Pektor, that income will embody thousands and thousands of {dollars} for the township, Northampton County and Bangor Space College District.

“Individuals do not need to speak concerning the draw back of these items,” he mentioned, though the damaging results have been introduced up at a number of conferences. 

Throughout the commissioners’ dialogue of River Pointe, LVPC Commissioner John McGorry denounced the event, whereas coming to grips with the truth that the LVPC has no authority. 

He referred to RPL as “a ridiculous endeavor by a developer” despite the fact that Pektor’s land is in an industrial zone and an permitted use. 

“You are not allowed to make that judgment” as a commissioner, LVPC Govt Director Becky Bradley mentioned. 

“I simply assume this can be a completely ridiculous scenario,” McGorry mentioned, including, “I do know we will not do something.” 

Regardless of the dearth of authority, the fee’s evaluate of RPL will proceed: “Because the bigger deliberate industrial park proposal strikes ahead, the LVPC reserves the correct to evaluate every particular person subdivision or growth proposal associated to this challenge… ” 

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The Confluence, Peron Improvement’s residential and retail growth for the previous Days Inn web site in downtown Easton, was much less controversial, with the commissioners’ approving the favorable employees evaluate rapidly.