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Allen Township gets first look at Willow Brook plan

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Zoning change to high-density residential is requested; hearing to be held

At Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting May 7, Solicitor Lincoln Treadwell introduced plans from the Fuller Family Trust for the large residential development at its Willow Brook Golf Course property.

The golf course has been reduced from 18 holes to nine holes, and the clubhouse has been moved farther into the property in preparation for the residential development.

The development is not unexpected, but this is the first look at the details. The new plan requires changes to the zoning. The trust’s request starts the clock for a public hearing in 60 days on the merits of the change.

The parcel is zoned low-density residential, while the proposed plans call for high-density residential development. In its zoning challenge, the trust explains how the original 1,100-acre estate has been rezoned for various purposes. The challenge is based on Fuller Family Trust’s belief that the zoning in Allen Township is unduly restrictive when compared to surrounding parcels and amounts to spot zoning.

The details of the plan show more than 700 housing units in Allen Township. The total development plan also spans Northampton and North Catasauqua boroughs; however, the bulk of the new development is in Allen Township. The new plan calls for single-family, twin homes, town homes, condominiums and apartments on the now-vacant property.

The map of the proposal was sent for review to the Allen Township Planning Commission and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. The public hearing is not yet scheduled.

In other news, residents of Stone Ridge voiced their complaints about standing water in open areas around their newly built houses.

Township Manager Ilene Eckhart is in contact with Livengood Excavating to coordinate a fix for the problem. The company pledged to come up with a solution. Township Engineer Tom Wojciechowski verified that the township has money in its escrow account that will not be released until the problems are resolved.