Revitalization of Newtown Township's Business Commons District
Township Planner Michele Fountain was a guest speaker at the May 4, 2021, Newtown Planning Commission (PC) Zoom meeting. The topic was "LI & OLI Zoning District Land Use." View the video of her presentation
At the end of the presentation PC Chair Allen Fidler led a discussion on the possibility of rezoning these districts - especially the Newtown Business Commons Industrial zone - to allow specific new uses.
Several suggestions for new uses were put forward including allowing more restaurants, hydroponic crop growing (e.g., marijuana), etc.
The goal is to "revitalize" the district in order to attract new businesses to the area and maintain the current businesses. But what about residents? Will the new uses benefit them (other than the possibility of a new increase in real estate taxes)?
Township Planner Presentation on Rezoning the OLI & LI Districts (Video): Township Planner Michele Fountain was a guest speaker at the May 4, 2021, Newtown Planning Commission (PC) Zoom meeting.
Newtown EDC Discusses Revitalization of Business Commons (Podcast): At the July 2, 2020, Zoom meeting of the Economic Development Committee (EDC), members Karen Miller, co-president of the Newtown Business Commons Association, and Joseph Blackburn, an Associate with Wisler Pearlstine, proposed ways that the township can revitalize the Newtown Business Commons.