At East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ meeting Dec. 13, developers provided a glimpse of a proposed residential development, Sunny Slope Crossings. The meeting was designed to gauge reaction to anticipated waivers contemplated for residential development on open land at Dogwood Road and Hanover Street.
David Jaindl’s team presented a detailed plan to East Allen Township Board of Supervisors Dec. 12 for relocating Seemsville Road to accommodate new warehousing operations.
The controversial development has a group of small warehouses located near Seemsville Road. Early on in the project, it was determined Seemsville Road would need to be relocated in order to accommodate the increased traffic and allow improved access to Route 329. The new Seemsville Road will be on property owned by Northampton Area School District but located in East Allen Township.
When Mark Reccek was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he began his treatment in the oncology department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. The Marine was a fighter and wrote regularly for The Press newspapers.
While he was undergoing treatment, he was being cared for by his sister, Donna Kukor, of Bath. During his stints in the hospital, Reccek continued to write columns on the experiences he had during his treatment.
At the board of supervisors meeting Nov. 27, Allen Township officials announced they received a revised land plan from JW Development Partners for a warehouse development along Seemsville Road. The developer asked for an extension until Jan. 23, 2019, to allow time for review.
The request was granted, with one objection from Bruce Frack.
The details of the plan will be reviewed at the planning commission meeting, scheduled for Dec. 17 at the Allen Township Fire Department, 3530 Howertown Road.
At their regular meeting Nov. 19, Allen Township Planning Commission members reviewed and approved changes to the township’s zoning map. The latest map is the culmination of nearly two years of effort by the commission and township Manager Ilene Eckhart.
Commissioners reviewed the plan at previous meetings and adjusted specific details. Approval was expected. The plan will be forwarded to Allen Township Board of Supervisors and is expected to be reviewed at its December meeting.
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission released a plan dubbed Walk/Bike LV as a way to encourage development of walkways and bike paths to make it easier for residents to get outdoors. The proposal is a regional master plan for pedestrians and bicyclists. Some cities, like Portland and Seattle, lead the way in accommodating everyday trail users. Others like Tucson are a destination for bikers during the winter season.
At East Allen Township’s regular meeting Nov. 14, all the legal necessities were set in motion to adopt the township’s 2019 budget. The drafts of the ordinances to set up tax millage and advertise to adopt the budget were all released at the meeting.
The proposed budget is scheduled to be adopted at the Dec. 13 meeting. The township has published the proposed budget on its website, eatwp.org.
At the Oct. 25 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Solicitor Joseph Piperato reported to council on the appeal of the township’s decision to reject warehouses along Weaversville Road.
East Allen Township had rejected a request from the Rockefeller Group to rezone a parcel of land zoned agricultural to commercial with the intent of adding warehousing. Rockefeller then appealed the decision, but the length of time required for a response has now expired.
“We have not received any new notices,” Piperato said.
One of the greatest rewards in the study of theology is being able to take a pilgrimage to see where significant events took place. Diane Cortazzo of Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Northampton, organizes custom pilgrimages.
“I work on pilgrimages, but I can organize any kind of a tour,” said Cortazzo, who has quite an extensive background in European travel.
At its regular meeting Oct. 23, the Allen Township Board of Supervisors received a request from JW (Jaindl-Watson) Development Partners to extend its plan review process until Dec. 31.
The request was granted, but another extension is anticipated. East Allen and Allen townships proposed a joint meeting on the project, with emphasis on the relocation of Seemsville Road. The earliest date everyone can get together is in January.
Supervisors anticipate the Jaindl-Watson partners would not file a revised plan until after the meeting with East Allen.