Tobyhanna Twp. planners 'take underneath advisement' plans to construct on 400 acres

TOBYHANNA TWP., Pa. – The Tobyhanna Township Planning Fee on Thursday voted to “take underneath advisement” plans that will let a 400-acre rock quarry be rezoned for business or industrial growth after residents on the assembly decried the plan as incongruent with surrounding open house and guarded forest land.

Mike Chrysanthopoulos, proprietor of the Pennsylvania Glacial Until quarry in Monroe County, conceded there was “potential” for a trucking distribution heart on the website, however advised planners there was no land growth plan, and the location additionally may additionally home a photo voltaic farm or small information heart. 

A few of the 9 residents who spoke in opposition to the plan additionally stated it may threaten water high quality, hurt “fragile” land and open the door to widespread growth. 

“We can be destroyed” if the plan is allowed, lifetime resident Donna Slagle advised the planners. “It is your job to take into your palms what we’ll be within the Poconos.” 

Planners unanimously voted to take the thought underneath advisement earlier than making a suggestion to township supervisors, possible in Could. 

Lawyer Mike Kaspszyk, who represented Chrysanthopoulos on the listening to, had requested the planners to not make a proper suggestion to supervisors, however merely to relay their concern. 

“We’re actually form of searching for a punt, to be trustworthy,” Kaspszyk stated. 

He stated any potential developer “will face lots of hurdles” later within the course of, amongst them, bettering Coolbaugh Highway for added site visitors. 

He stated solely about 250 acres of the 400-acre website can be buildable land. And whereas “there is a potential there’s going to be a distribution heart,” there are also “lots of different thrilling prospects that will bode effectively for the township” by producing higher-paying jobs and income for the municipality. 

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The quarry already produces lots of mud and noise that, “when it is operating full tilt, you’ll be able to really feel the earth transferring,” Kaspszyk stated. 

He additionally stated there was little or no land within the township that was zoned business/industrial, with most of it being close to intersections that will trigger extra issues. 

The quarry website “is in the midst of nowhere,” Kaspszyk stated. “You do not get far more in the midst of nowhere.” He stated it will have an effect on fewer properties than “wherever else within the township.” 

However residents who spoke in opposition to the proposal stated that is exactly why it should not be permitted.  

Resident Ellen Lott estimated the property is surrounded by 10 sq. miles of land zoned open house or rural residential, together with protected forest lands, that was “meant to guard fragile” areas. 

“If you open that door, you do not know what you are gonna get,” Lott advised the planners. “And that is a fairly large door.” 

Tammy Livziey, president of Blakeslee Group Affiliation, stated she feared Blakeslee is “going to be changed into a warehouse zone,” and that the whole space depends on effectively techniques that could possibly be in peril with growth. 

Others stated two trucking terminals are proposed close by in Carbon County.