Planners to evaluate proposal for third warehouse in Lowhill Township

LOWHILL TWP., Pa. – The Lehigh Valley Planning Fee will contemplate this week a proposal for an additional warehouse in Lowhill Township, Lehigh County.

Two different warehouses are already deliberate for the world alongside Route 100.

The plan, topic to evaluate Tuesday and once more Thursday, is a proposed 190,960-square-foot constructing on 21.6 acres of farmland. The property is on the north facet of Kernsville Highway, east of the intersection with Route 100.

The acreage is in an space designated by the fee’s FutureLV regional plan for farmland preservation.

“There’s a mixture of land makes use of in proximity, together with agriculture, small industrial, retail, service and residential,” in accordance with a draft copy of the LVPC’s skilled workers’s feedback.

The fee advises municipalities on the best way to form growth, however it’s primarily an advisory physique. The ultimate resolution on land use will probably be made by Lowhill Township.

With a brand new warehouse, notably in a rural space, visitors is at all times a problem.

“The proposed warehouse will generate 17 new journeys in the course of the weekday A.M. peak hour and 18 new journeys in the course of the weekday P.M. peak hour,” in accordance with the draft report by Steve Neratko, chief neighborhood and regional planner.

The LVPC’s skilled workers opinions plans for growth in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and the workers feedback are thought of by appointed commissioners from throughout the area. The commissioners generally recommend adjustments earlier than voting to ship the opinions to municipalities and builders.

Prior to now 12 months, the appointed commissioners have taken a more durable stance on warehouses. The commissioners don’t vote immediately on proposals. They vote solely on the workers’s feedback. Generally the commissioners ask for extra demanding necessities on initiatives, however the LVPC doesn’t have the authority to dam initiatives. That doesn’t cease a few of the appointees from denouncing some proposals, with out impact.

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Employees feedback on the Lowhill proposal embrace enhancements on the Kernsville Highway/Route 100 intersection, and holding vehicles off some close by roads.

“Clausville Highway, Orchard Highway and Pony Highway will not be acceptable for truck journey and shouldn’t be thought of alternate routes for truck visitors,” in accordance with the report. Most popular routes, in fact, will not be at all times adopted, as truckers use GPS instructions to search out the shortest routes.

Warehouses will not be a preferred use of land, however transportation and distribution offers about 10% of regional jobs, in accordance with one examine.

The Lowhill venture will probably be reviewed first at midday Tuesday by the LVPC’s Complete Planning Committee, after which Thursday at 7 p.m. by the total fee. Each conferences will probably be digital and are open to the general public. The workers report is topic to vary earlier than a remaining vote is held Thursday.