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Sometimes You Have to Say No
2022-02-09

            The recent vote on a zoning change that could accommodate up to 84 new homes on a parcel of land in Upper Hanover township was a good move.

            Under the threat of a possible 64-bay warehouse being built on the site, homes seemed like a better option to all-hours truck traffic, according to requestors of the project.  But, a warehouse of that size at that location probably wouldn't fly.  After all, where would the trucks be coming from and going to?  Most likely, the PA Turnpike and Interstate highways.

            The nearest turnpike interchanges are in Kulpsville and Quakertown.  Access to the interstate highways is even further.

            With truck restrictions in place in some local areas, and final destinations not really convenient for those operations, logic doesn't dictate that it would be a good spot to drop and transfer loads.

            Is it possible? Yes.  Is it probable?  You be the judge.

            In addition, the spot zoning could have an effect on future requests.  Creating a "You did it for them now you have to do it for me or we're going to court" mentality.  All else being equal and legal, it would be a valid argument.

            Nobody wants to be forced into a decision made for them by the judicial system because of a previous error of their own.

            With traffic, car or truck, confined to one major access to the property on Gravel Pike, it was discerning to hear that the volume wouldn't meet PennDOT's threshold for a traffic light. 

            The citizens who attended the meeting and asked valid questions are to be commended for their concern and civility during the meeting.  They were able to raise a few issues that, perhaps, were previously overlooked.  It was a good example of community involvement, information sharing, and valid questions in a public meeting environment. 

            If you must change the zoning in that area to permit housing, change it to R1 for lower density - for safety's sake, if for no other reason.  Developers don't like to hear that but it must be a consideration.

            Local officials do their best when governing our communities and we are thankful for their time and efforts.

            But, sometimes they just have to say no.


 

 

 

 

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