Bucks land development reviews down 24 percent
The Bucks County Planning Commission recently issued its 2010 Annual Report of Review Activity which sums up the year in land development proposals. Land development proposals were down for the fifth straight year, and land development related reviews fell 24 percent over 2009. The number of proposed single-family homes fell from its top spot while attached development proposals brought the most units to the planning commission in 2010. Attached developments, such as townhouses, were the only housing segment to see an increase over 2009 numbers. Click here to view the full planning commission 2010 Annual Report of Review Activity.
Source: The Intelligencer; 2/14/2011
Bucks seeks remedies for Windowizards customers
The Bucks County Office of Consumer Protection has contacted the county District Attorney’s office over the last closure of the financially troubled Windowizards. The business closed abruptly in December and then reopened with the promise to complete outstanding orders. Windowizards closed again last week leaving about 100 unfinished projects in the wake of the latest closure. Mike Bannon, director of the Bucks County Office of Consumer Protection, is investigating if there are any legal options available for customers left out in the cold. The company had been attempting to complete orders while searching for a buyer. Click here for the Bucks County Office of Consumer Protection website.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer; 2/15/2011
Yardley Borough to host storm water management presentation
A storm water management presentation, “When it Rains it Drains”, will be held in the Yardley Borough Hall Council Chambers on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is part of a national program of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and will cover storm water management in Yardley and what residents can do about it. Please contact Yardley Borough for more information at 215-493-6832.
Source: Yardley Borough; 2/11/2011
New plan proposed for Shenandoah Woods in Warminster
In their initial reuse plan for Shenandoah Woods, Warminster supervisors had hoped that the Navy would donate the land for the planned rebuild of the neighborhood. The units would then be sold in order to support homeless initiatives in Bucks County. In November, the township received notice that the initial plan was not accepted by the Navy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Warminster Township, with the assistance of the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County, has retooled the plan so that the Navy will be compensated for the land. The reworked plan will again be sent to HUD and the Navy for approval. If rejected a second time, the Navy has the option of disposing of the property as it sees fit. The plan concept, which will be financed by Philadelphia’s Reinvestment Fund, will remove some of the existing 199 homes and recondition others. Warminster stands to receive 25 acres for parkland and storm water control.
Source: The Intelligencer; 2/14/2011
New Hope council passes snow disposal ordinance
The New Hope Borough Council adopted an ordinance that will prohibit the depositing of snow on borough streets and fire hydrants. Residents who shovel snow back onto cleared roadways from their driveways could face a $50 fine per offense. The ordinance will also allow the borough to collect extra costs associated with unlawful snow deposits from offenders. New Hope Borough advises residents to place shoveled snow alongside driveways and not into the street.
Source: New Hope Gazette; 2/16/2011