24 April 2023 Meet Mack Monday Meeting Summary
This Zoom meeting focused on the following topics (view the presentation below...):
- Single-Use Plastics Ban: What McCaffrey’s Market VP of Operations had to say about it at the April 3, 2023 EAC meeting. Meanwhile, what do residents think?
- “Mixed Use” Apartments Suggested for Business Commons: Draft specifications presented to Newtown Planning Commission. View the presentation video...
- New PFAS Limits Proposed for Drinking Water: EPA is proposing drastically lower safe limits. How do these limits compare with measured amounts in our water? View the presentation video...
- Deluca Seeks Variance to Build Homes in CM District: The applicants are seeking to subdivide a 3.08 acre parcel into two lots for single family homes whereas the CM Districts permits only one home on 3 acres.
- Lower Dolington Road Trail Fiasco: Residents are disappointed in the progress or lack thereof.
- LED Streetlights Feasibility Study
- Tractor Trailer Trucks Parked on Lower Dolington Road: An Eyesore & Hazard – What Can Be Down About It? More importantly, what can be done to improve pedestrian safety?
- Blue Point Grill Patio Expansion Request
- Detailed Meeting Notes
The following is a 13-minute video recording of the presentation that was made at the beginning of the meeting:
“I'm not saying don't go forward because I think that this is a very important thing for our community and for the world,” said Maryann Verdan at the 3 April 2023 EAC meeting, “But I would just ask you ... just be a little bit more practical by talking to businesses who have experience with this.” Listen to her comments...
At the Meet Mack Monday Zoom meeting, Frank McCarron criticized the comments made by McCaffrey's VP of Operations. Listen to his critique...
More About the Proposed Ban
- “Will #NewtownPA Township Adopt An Ordinance Banning Single-Use Plastics?”
- Newtown Township EAC Releases a Draft Ordinance Banning Single-Use Plastics
- Do You Think a BAN of Single-use Plastics Imposed Upon Local #NewtownPA Township Businesses is a Good Idea? Learn more about the proposed ban and TAKE MY SHORT SURVEY
At the April 18, 2023, Planning Commission meeting, there was a rather long discussion, which focused on the zoning requirements and the presence on the property of an old barn that may qualify as an “Historic Resource.” Some Planning Commission members thought that the Joint Historic Commission (JHC) should be involved. If it is deemed to be “Historic,” the developer must obtain a demolition permit from the JHC.
Meanwhile, with regard to the zoning issue, the Planning Commission was divided on whether or not to recommend that the Board of Supervisors (BOS) should oppose this plan. In effect, the Commission would recommend leaving it up to the Zoning Hearing Board whether or not to grant the required zoning variance (i.e., to allow 2 houses on 3 acres whereas zoning specifies a maximum of 1 house per 3 acres in the CM District). Listen to the arguments put forward by the applicant’s solicitor...
At the Meet Mack Monday Zoom meeting, a resident (John McIntyre) whose home is located in the Conservation District on Twining Bridge Road adjacent to 70 Twining Bridge Rd, opposed the plan by Deluca Construction. Listen to his comments…
Mr. McIntyre also made comments at the April 26, 2023, BOS meeting (view the video).
At the April 24, 2023, Meet Mack Monday Zoom meeting, Cindy Neutson expressed concern about speeding and pedestrian safety on Lower Dolington Road (LDR), especially along Roberts Ridge Park.
Frank McCarron suggested that the speed limit be reduced to 25 MPH as it was on Newtown-Yardley Rd and Sycamore St.
I am not against this idea but I suggested that the best time to bring up this issue with the township is AFTER the LDR trail is finished. At that point there will be more pedestrian traffic and more urgency to improve pedestrian safety as well as enforcing the speed limit.
See the meeting notes embedded below or download the PDF file here.