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E. Allen board discusses medical marijuana zoning

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Rte. 329 bank closed after 1986 deadly robbery could be dispensary site

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors is in the process of preparing zoning ordinances for growing and distributing medical marijuana in the township. Solicitor Joseph Piperato prepared the ordinance in accordance with guidelines from Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. The board did want to review the proposed language in the ordinance.

Piperato stated there is at least one inquiry to set up a dispensary.

E. Allen board discusses medical marijuana zoning

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Rte. 329 bank closed after 1986 deadly robbery could be dispensary site

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors is in the process of preparing zoning ordinances for growing and distributing medical marijuana in the township. Solicitor Joseph Piperato prepared the ordinance in accordance with guidelines from Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. The board did want to review the proposed language in the ordinance.

Piperato stated there is at least one inquiry to set up a dispensary.

Rockefeller Group cancels spot on township agenda

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Rock Lehigh Valley LLC, an entity created by Rockefeller Group for a warehouse project along Weaversville Road, had the top spot on the agenda for Feb. 23, but the developer canceled at the last minute.

“This is the third time they canceled. I apologize to those of you who showed up to comment on the project. The delays also affect the township because we could have put other things on the agenda if we had known,” Chairman Roger Unangst said.

East Allen Township supervisors set compensation levels

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the regular meeting Feb. 8, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance setting compensation for elected supervisors and other elected officials.

“We need to be clear here that the actual compensation is set by the state. It increases based on population,” Supervisor Mark Schwartz said. “This is not giving us a raise.”

Supervisors are compensated with an annual stipend of $1,800. The compensation increases when a census shows the population exceeds 5,000. At the 2010 census, East Allen’s population was 4,900.

E. Allen OKs age-qualified development

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Intermunicipal pact made with Hanover Township, Bethlehem Authority

Toll Brothers cleared the final hurdle in its quest for approval of a 232-unit, age-qualified development along Route 512 near Jaindl Road. Catherine Durso, of Fitzpatrick, Lentz and Bubba, P.C., represented Toll Brothers in its appearance before East Allen Township’s board of supervisors Feb. 8. The conditional use hearing was followed by two ordinances. The board approved the project unanimously.

The board asked Toll Brothers to confirm numerous verbal agreements. The conditional use hearing formally approved the agreements.

Board hears Rte. 512 warehouse plan

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Supervisors concerned about traffic, on-site parking for tractor trailers

Michael Gamzon, of Griffin Industrial Realty Inc., was on the agenda at East Allen Township’s workshop meeting Jan. 11, proposing a 371,000-square-foot warehouse, with a build-out for 76 dock spaces, on the site of MC Ironworks at 7230 Beth-Bath Pike, Route 512. The site has an active rail line that cuts in front of the property and borders Monocacy Creek.

According to Gamzon, warehouses of similar size usually generate 1,400 trips per day — about 700 vehicles. The traffic is a significant increase over present use.

E. Allen to hear plan for Age Qualified Community

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Conditional use, zoning amendment hearing will be held Feb. 8

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors, at its regular meeting Jan. 26, confirmed a scheduled conditional use hearing and zoning amendment for an Age Qualified Community, proposed by Toll Brothers for vacant land along Route 512 near Jaindl Boulevard.

The details of the proposal have been before the board in prior meetings. The problems addressed in prior meetings include connecting water and sewer lines to Bethlehem Water Authority and the size of some of the proposed lots.

East Allen Township sets hearing dates

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the Jan. 11 workshop meeting, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors set two significant hearing dates.

The first set of hearings is a noncontroversial session for a Toll Brothers project along Route 512 near Jaindl Road. (See story on page A1.) The conditional use hearing and the zoning amendment request will be heard at the same meeting. The hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the municipal building.

The more controversial hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 23. The project has stirred much debate in the community.

No tax hike for E. Allen

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Township supervisors approve 2017 budget

At its year-end meeting Dec. 15, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors passed the 2017 budget without requiring any tax increase.

Chairman Roger Unangst corrected an agenda item scheduled for January. Rockefeller Group proposed a warehouse development along Weaversville Road. The firm has requested time on the agenda for Jan. 11 for a presentation.

East Allen bingo called a success

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Proceeds benefit firefighters

Twice a year, East Allen Township firefighters and auxiliary members hold a bingo event to benefit the volunteer staff.

A successful event was held Nov. 13 at the 5354 Nor-Bath Blvd. facility.

“We are sold out,” said Lauren McDevitt, president of the auxiliary, on the day of the bingo. “We have 180 people who came out to participate.

“This is the second event of the year,” she said. “We had one in the spring, and it sold out, too.”

Profits go to the fire department.