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E. Allen approves waiver requests

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in Local News

Developer seeks to build 55-and-over active community along Route 512

A 55-and-over active community is one step closer to becoming a reality in East Allen Township.

The board of supervisors at the Sept. 22 meeting unanimously approved 24 waivers for Toll Brothers, ranging from requirements related to roads, curbs and stormwater management in the form of ponds to aesthetics.

The community, located along Route 512, seeks to add 232 homes on 100 acres of land currently owned by David Jaindl.

Despite approving the majority of the waiver requests, board Chairperson Roger Unangst expressed concern with Toll Brothers seeking a waiver for the 75-foot requirement from driveways to the center of the nearest intersection.

Toll Brothers requested the driveway entrances be located 50 to 60 feet from the center of streets.

Unangst said he was at odds with anything less than 75 feet.

The waiver request related to driveway distances sought by Toll Brothers was not approved by the board. The developer will work on improving the waiver request, more specifically to more closely meet the minimum requirement of 75 feet.

Board Vice Chairperson Christopher Colitas indicated concern with the number of waiver requests, speaking on behalf of township residents.

“At the end of the day, there are taxpayers we are responsible for,” he said.

“Safety is an issue,” Unangst said.

Unangst also said 24 waiver requests seemed unrealistic.

“I just find it hard to believe one project comes up with 24 condition requests,” he said.

Township Engineer Jim Milot told the board the approved waiver requests were in line with township ordinances.

The plan has yet to receive preliminary approval from the township.