John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

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Find news about various topics affecting Newtown. About two times per month, I send out my Newtown News Update, an e-mail newsletter that keeps subscribers up-to-date on what's going on in Newtown Township and at the Board of Supervisors and other public meetings. The opinions expressed in this newsletter are solely mine and do not represent the views of any other person or entity. Click the "Subscribe" button to sign on and receive this newsletter in your email inbox. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Selected Recent Issues

  • Proposed Amendments to Newtown Area Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance (September 4, 2018). The Newtown area Joint Zoning Council is proposing several new ordinances and amendments to the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance (JMZO). A few of the more important ones that are specifically relevant to Newtown Township are summarized in this issue, including deletion of Planned Residential Development as a permitted use, an ordinance to allow a combination convenience store and gas station in Newtown, and a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance. Access the entire issue here.

  • Newtown Artesian Reports Non-Detectable Levels of PFAS in Our Water Supply (August 13, 2018). Dan Angove, Assistant General Manager, Newtown Artesian Water Company, gave an update on the quality of Newtown's drinking water at the August 8, 2018, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting. He answered my questions about Maximum Contamination Levels (MCLs) of PFAS - perfluorinated compounds - in the town's drinking water. Access the entire issue here.

  • Drive-thru Starbucks Back on Track (June 28, 2018). On May 9, 2018, Newtown Supervisors voted against the application to build a drive-thru Starbucks in the Village at Newtown shopping center. Starbucks sued and the town had no choice but to accept a settlement. Access the entire issue here.

  • To Frack or Not to Frack? That is the Question. (March 22, 2018). At the March 19, 2018, Working Session of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, the proposed "Oil & Gas Drilling" (i.e., fracking) amendment to the Joint Municipality Zoning Ordinance (JMZO) of Newtown Township, Upper Makefield, and Wrightstown (the "Jointure"). This amendment would allow fracking in the RI Rural Industrial District and QA-A Quarry/Agriculture-A District of Wrightstown. Several courses of action are discussed regarding how best to deal with fracking. What's your opinion? Access the entire issue here.

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BOS IconI write about and comment upon decisions made at Board of Supervisors and other public meetings, including Zoning Hearing Board and Advisory Committee meetings. Often articles talk about issues before they are published in the official minutes of meetings. Many articles incudes links to short videos of select discussions.


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My blog focuses on a range of topics such as water quality, preservation of open space, opioid epidemic, etc. The newsletter provides more in-depth versions of blog posts and includes information that was not available at the time the posts were written. This keeps subscribers up to date on important issues affecting Newtown Township.

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