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.
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, along with state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, and Michael Dee, chief of staff for state Rep. Jeanne McNeil, D-133rd, gathered at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, Sept. 12 to present their thoughts on the state of the counties to Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce.
McClure emphasized the crossroads he sees in the future.
“In the next decade, we need to decide if we are going to be the home of fulfillment centers or if we can balance economic development and land protection,” he said.
East Allen Township has returned a six-page response to a grading plan proposed by Allen Township for relocating Seemsville Road. Township Engineer James Milot reported the details at the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 10.
“By definition, Allen Township does not need to go through a land development plan, but we are going to review the details as if this were a land development,” Solicitor Joseph Piperato said.
Kristen Wenrich took the podium at East Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 27 to address a concern about improvements made on Monocacy Drive.
“There is a large gap between the driveway and the road,” she said.
Township Engineer James Milot explained the road was designed with a 1-1/2-inch difference to allow for stormwater runoff and for resurfacing in the future.
Murat Guzel, who heads the Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Coalition (LVDPC), held a political rally, billed as Harmony Fest, at the American Club of Coplay pavilion Aug. 9.
“This is a local organization. Every local Democrat Party organization and all the Democratic elected officials joined us and are a part of this group,” he said.
Guzel had a two-page list of everyone who supports his organization. Celeste Dee is the executive director of LVDPC and set up the event. She has an extensive resume of working for Democratic Party executives.
Township Manager Ilene Eckhart introduced Allen Township’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan to the board of supervisors at its regular meeting Sept. 25.
The plan, dubbed Creating Connections, covers the next decade of quality-of-life development. Although the plan is not binding, it does outline where future development is contemplated. The open space plan will be incorporated into the township’s recently released comprehensive plan. The plan has been in development for more than two years under Eckhart’s direction.