Solebury Township votes to appeal quarry permit
Solebury Township supervisors are appealing the recent issuance of a state permit to the New Hope Crushed Stone and Lime Quarry that will allow the quarry to dig 50 feet deeper, thereby remaining in business for quite some time. Supervisor Chairman Peter Augenblick abstained from the vote and then announced his resignation, effective immediately, because his accounting firm is a trustee of a trust that holds financial interest in the quarry. Supervisor Robert Heath also has investment in the quarry and therefore must recuse himself from decisions related to the quarry. The Solebury School has also filed an appeal of the permit with the Pennsylanvia Department of Enviromental Protection (DEP), citing geologic studies conducted on school property that show water pumping at the quarry has led to the creation of sinkholes and the depletion of the watershed. The appeals will be heard by the Environmental Hearing Board, the judicial arm of the DEP.
Source: Courier Times; 8/17/2011
Yardley hires manager
John Boyle has been hired as the new borough manager in Yardley. The initial choice for the position was Stewart Graybill, who was slated to begin work on July 25, but was injured in an accident that forced him to decline the job offer. Boyle was an assistant township manager in Newtown Township and also served the township as director of code enforcement, planning and zoning/technology director and open records officer.
Source: Courier Times; 8/17/2011
Perkasie pursues grant funding for comprehensive plan update
Perkasie Borough Council recently voted to pursue grant funding to rewrite the borough’s 18-year-old comprehensive plan. The application will be submitted to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI). The TCDI is a program that grants funding for local governments and non-profits to develop plans that link land use and transportation improvements. The borough plan includes three components that all center on transportation. The first investigates the possibility of returning passenger rail service to the borough. The second involves the Liberty Bell Trail section that runs through the borough, with the third component aiding the study of traffic patterns and parking in the downtown area. Grants are awarded in December and the funding must be spent within two years.
Source: Perkasie News Herald; 8/17/2011
Promenade developers unveil new plan in Newtown Township
The developers of the Promenade at Sycamore Street project in Newtown Township revealed their latest plans to the Board of Supervisors. The mixed-use development for the vacant Acme site on Sycamore Street has been scaled down by 20,000 square feet by the removal of an underground parking garage and a change from one building to two. The original plan for condominiums has been changed to 26 luxury apartments that will share a 116 space parking area with three retail establishments. A waiver for the parking changes would be required.
Source: The Advance; 8/16/2011
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