Allen Township went all out early when the number of COVID-19 cases began to increase. The township’s action was fairly typical of most boroughs and townships in the area.
Township offices are closed to the public; however, borough staff can still be reached over the phone.
All township meetings are canceled.
Allen Township is looking to keep everything closed at least until the end of the month and will then reevaluate the situation.
The electronics recycling event at the end of the month has been canceled.
An open issue at East Allen Township is the status of the Rock Lehigh Valley curative amendment hearings. The next session was scheduled for March 30.
According to township Manager Brent Green, the meeting is postponed until April 27.
“We will evaluate where we are during April to determine if we need to postpone the meeting again,” Green said.
At the regular meeting Feb. 25, Allen Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Hassler introduced a wetlands mitigation easement for the Northampton Business Center. The new project is better known as the Jaindl-Watson development, off Seemsville Road.
The easement guarantees the wetlands will not be disturbed during the project and also lays out conditions for the conservation easement granted to the township. The easement is necessary for the developer to get his Army Corps of Engineers permit.
At the Feb. 27 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Imperial Realty updated its proposal for property it owns on Route 329 at Frank’s Corner.
The property is zoned commercial, and the hearing is deemed a conditional use hearing. Imperial is showing its plans to the township to see if there are any conditions that need to be set before the company moves on to the planning and review part of the development process.
East Allen Township and Rock Lehigh Valley, a subsidiary of Rockefeller Group, continued the hearing regarding airport property in the township Feb. 19.
This meeting was well attended by local residents.
The property in question is zoned for agricultural use. Rock Lehigh Valley asked the township to change the zoning to commercial so the developer could build a warehouse. Supervisors denied the use for several reasons, one of which was the potential for more truck traffic on Weaversville Road. Township residents supported the move.
The former state hospital on Weaversville Road, near the back entrance of East Allen Township’s Bicentennial Park, is being demolished.
The old institution with a gloomy history was ceded to the township and will now be a part of the park.
The township is also working to remove the stone farmhouse located on the property. The floors in the stone building are rotted. Officials are concerned someone might break in and fall through the floor.
The owner and founder of Longevity Coatings, Mark Purington, came to East Allen Township last year with a request to expand his commercial facility at 6047 Adams Lane. Two issues arose.
The first was that the expansion would increase impervious coverage beyond the limits of the zoning ordinance. The second regarded an alternate location for the septic system, following new Department of Environmental Protection regulations.
Allen Township Fire Company was the venue for a Jan. 27 legal hearing by Rock Lehigh Valley, a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Group, in its appeal of a zoning decision for East Allen Township property zoned agricultural near the FedEx Ground warehouse.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors rejected an application for a warehouse in 2018 after an extensive public hearing. The warehouse would require the township to change zoning on a parcel that borders Weaversville Road.
Allen Township Manager Ilene Eckhart discussed the township’s pension plan at the board of supervisors regular meeting Jan. 28.
The pension is in an acceptable financial position. Calculations to determine the viability of the fund are based on an 8-percent investment return.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ Jan. 23 meeting agenda had a one-line entry labeled Conditional Use Hearing #19-17002. The time required for this single agenda item forced the meeting to carry over to a Feb. 27 meeting at the township office.
SVN Imperial Realty has been part of the Skeans family for decades, and the property at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329 was one of its earlier developments. Attorney Mark Kaplan represented the company at the hearing.