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).

Jointure Discusses Fuel "Pumps" for Proposed E-30 Use

At the February 6, 2020, meeting of the Joint Zoning Council, representatives of Newtown, Wrightstown, and Upper Makefield township – the “Jointure” - discussed the E-30 amendment to the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance that was drafted by Newtown Township.

The following is an edited excerpt of that discussion focused specifically on the number of fueling pumps that would be allowed. This issue was raised by the Newtown Planning Commission, which suggested among other things that the maximum number of gas pumps should be eight with allowances for an additional four electric charging stations.

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.

E-30 Use Discussed at Planning Commission: Part 1

The proposed amendment to the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance (JMZO, Definition) that would allow a new "E-30" [previously designated "E-25"] use for a combined Motor Vehicle Fueling Station and Convenience Store was discussed at the January 7, 2020, Newtown Township Planning Commission meeting. This audio snippet gives an introduction to the process and includes comments from residents. According to Allen Fidler's subsequent report to the Board of Supervisors "There are some items in question including eat in dining, 24-hour operation and the size of the building. The members will continue to review the amended ordinance and bring additional concerns to be discussed at the next meeting."

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.

Planning Commission Hears Proposal for 27 Townhouses

At the November 19, 2019, Newtown Planning Commission public meeting, Mr. Heath Dumack representing Durham Partners presented a Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) application for twenty seven townhouses and associated dimensional variances on a 5-acre parcel of land located at 413 Durham Road in the PS-2 (Professional Service) Zoning District.

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.

Wawa in Context of Newtown's Comprehensive Plan

In this podcast, Michael Horbal, a resident of Newtown, comments about the proposed Wawa convenience store and gas station at the southwestern corner of Newtown Bypass and Lower Silver Lake Road. Mr. Horbal is concerned that if proposed changes of this nature were considered, developers would start contacting landowners with similar types of properties to see if there was an opportunity to turn their property into a project. Mr. Horbal's concerns suggest that proposed plans for a Super Wawa on Newtown Bypass must be considered in context of Newtown's Comprehensive Plan Definition for the future to assure that it is consistent with the goals of that plan. Listen to the podcast with more background information here or click the play button below.

Fidler On Parking in Village at Newtown Shopping Center

In response to a resident’s comments at the May 8, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Mr. Allen Fiddler, Chair of the Newtown Planning Commission, recounted the history of the renovation of the Village at Newtown Shopping and explained the ultimate goal of Brixmor, the company that owns and manages the Center. Listen to the podcast here or click the play button below.

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