September 12, 2019 – Upper Nazareth Planning Commission Meeting
Schoeneberger Minor Subdivision
I sat through a 30 minute discussion on this and I’m still now sure what it was about. Talking points included the deaths of people in the 1990s, historical buildings, right of ways, tax assessment and the vacating of a road that may or may not exist. Ultimately it sounds like the Schoenebergers wants to subdivide one of three land parcels bisected by Michaels Schools and Sterner Roads. (The land under consideration is currently used for agriculture) Gary Asteak requested the family have the land resurveyed and submit new legal descriptions, reflecting the right-of-way on Sterner Road.
Heritage Village Phase 3 & 4 Resubmission
For the section under discussion, the townhouses are out and the cottages are in, reducing the density count by 6.
- The Planning Commission approved a waiver on separation of driveways
- Also recommended final approval for the project.
Project Tadmor Extension Request Letter
A letter was submitted to the Commission requesting an extension for the project to December 31, 2019.
- The Planning Commission approved the request
Yours truly pointed out that the agenda was in violation of the Sunshine Law because, as written, it limits public comment to non-agenda items only and that attendees have a right to make a statement about any topic of their choice within the allowed time limit. I noted that the Commission conducts itself this way in practice, letting the public comment on projects, but that the agenda should reflect that. Jay Benfield said he’d find a way of fixing it for the October agenda.
A resident asked about the recent court decision in New Jersey, determining that the PennEast Pipeline company can’t take public lands. He wanted to know if this will affect the installation of the 36” natural gas line in Upper Nazareth. Gary pointed out that appeals will be filed and that we’ll just have to wait and see.
Becky Bartlett covers these meetings because citizens have a right to know what their governments are doing.