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E. Allen, Keystone meeting date set

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors Nov. 13 meeting, township Manager Brent Green announced Keystone Cement Company representatives would appear before the board Dec. 18 to discuss its permit for expansion of the facility.

Keystone Cement has met with several residents individually, but the state Department of Environmental Protection, the board of supervisors and some residents asked for clarification on the provisions of the expansion permit. The DEP and the board have indicated they are against the expansion.

Green also announced the township’s curative amendment hearing with Rockefeller Group has been scheduled for January 2020. The location is to be announced. Rockefeller asked for a review of the decision against a warehouse in East Allen Township on property zoned agricultural.

Every municipality is required by the municipal planning code to have a place for every type of business. Rockefeller argues it is building a logistics center, not a warehouse, on the disputed property. There is no provision in the zoning ordinance that addresses logistics centers.

In other business, township Engineer James Milot announced Pennsylvania Department of Transportation rejected the township’s application to reduce the speed limit for a portion of Airport Road. There is a short segment of the road that is posted at 55 mph, a different speed than the rest of the highway. There is concern about speed consistency and expected construction in the area.

David Jaindl brought his development team to council to discuss the Sunny Slope Crossings proposal near Bicentennial Park. The original proposal had 70-plus single-family units on 1-acre lots. The economic viability of the project is in question, and Jaindl is requesting changes to the proposal.

In his request, Jaindl is proposing eliminating sidewalks and curbs from the streets and decreasing the number of sites to 48. The development would be on private water systems rather than a public system. The streets would be reduced from 30-foot-wide roadways to 24-foot-wide roadways.

Supervisors and those in attendance at the meeting agreed sidewalks could be eliminated, but they did not want to lose the 30-foot-wide roadways. Curbing was also a sticking point.

“I can only give you what I hear as a consensus. We want the curbs,” Supervisor Mark Schwartz said.

Jaindl indicated earlier that the development is in question if curbs and sidewalks are required.

Public utilities are about 600 feet away, but there is a question if adequate water pressure could be maintained for the development. The questionable water pressure and the cost to extend the system had the developer revert to a private system.

Jaindl decided to review the project again to see if it could be made feasible. There was no estimated date for a new presentation before the board.