John Mack - Newtown Supervisor


The following is a short list of the most recent audio podcasts that highlight discussions with lawmakers, township residents, and comments made before the Board of Supervisors Definition at public meetings. You can access ALL my podcasts or subscribe to John Mack's Podcast Series on the iTunes Store (here), on SoundCloud (here) or via the playlist on this website (here).

Getting Newtown Businesses Open Again

During the May 13, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors meeting via Zoom, Supervisor John Mack made a case for the Township to start thinking how it can help local businesses to re-open safely during the current and the next phases of COVID-19 restrictions. Several ideas were put forward such as rethinking the Finance Committee's purview, putting together an ad hoc business Task Force, etc. This 45 minute podcast features a recording of that discussion. You can view the entire Zoom meeting here.

2020 Road Program Falls Victim to COVID-19

This 8.5 minute podcast features a recording of a segment of the April 22, 2020, Board of Supervisors meeting during which the Supervisors ratified a decision to re-allocate 1 mill of real estate tax revenue earmarked for road repairs from the debt service fund to the general fund. This was in anticipation of an Earned Income Tax revenue shortfall due to the COVID-19 shutdown of local businesses.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Newtown Township Road Program Falls Victim to COVID-19

E-30 Use Discussed at Planning Commission: Part 2

The proposed ordinance to amend the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance (JMZO, Definition) to allow a new Use E-30 for a combined Motor Vehicle Fueling Station and Convenience Store was discussed at the February 4, 2020, meeting of the Newtown Township Planning Commission. The Commission discussed several recommendations from Jointure member solicitors regarding suggested changes to the draft amendment that was submitted to the Jointure, which consists of Newtown, Wrightstown, and Upper Makefield. Included are several edited audio clips from the discussion. Listen to Part 1 here.

BCPC Comprehensive Plan Proposal Presentation

At the June meeting of the Joint Zoning Council, Lisa Wolff, Senior Planner at the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC), presented a proposal to update the Newtown Area Joint Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2009. The Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) recommends that Comprehensive Plans be updated every 10 years. The plan would cover Newtown Township, Upper Makefield, and Wrightstown Township.

Chick-fil-A Access Improvements

At the 21 January 2020, Newtown Township Planning Commission meeting, Newtown/Bucks Associates, LP, West Road(Newtown Shopping Center), presented their case for supporting zoning variances Definition needed for a new 12,500-square-foot Old Navy and a 400-square-foot addition to the kitchen of Chick-fil-A and adding a new right-turn only lane to West Road that would improve traffic flow by allowing traffic around cars waiting to turn into Chick-fil-A. This is an edited recording of the presentation.

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