John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

The following is a 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).

PennDOT Defends Arcadia U-Turn Option

On September 9, 2021, Francis Hanney, Senior Manager - Traffic Services Division/ADA Coordinator at PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) - hosted an online meeting with residents to discuss road improvements to facilitate access and egress to the proposed Arcadia Green development at the intersection of Newtown Bypass and Buck Road.

At least 4 options with variations have been proposed by the developer and by residents in the neighboring communities. For an explanation of the options, read "Controversy Regarding Proposed Arcadia Newtown U-Turn Option."

In this 21-minute audio snippet from that meeting, Mr. Hanney explains why he is opposed to all the options other than the U-turn option at Mill Pond Road. He also discusses criteria that must be met before the limited access restrictions on the Bypass may be lifted.

Mack's Newtown Voice · PennDOT & Residents Discuss Arcadia Traffic Access/Egress Options

Newtown Twp vs Wawa: Newtown's Expert Testifies

The Newtown Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) hearing to determine the fate of Provco/Wawa’s requests for variances continued on August 18, 2021.

At this meeting, David C. Babbitt, AICP NJPP, President of David C. Babbitt & Associates, LLC, Land Planning Consultants, provided expert testimony opposing variances to zoning requested by Wawa (listen to his testimony below). Also read a Summary of Points Made.

Please refer to "Newtown Township Versus Wawa: Round 1, Signage" and "Newtown Township Versus Wawa: Round 2, Signage Part Deux" for more background - especially the arguments made by Wawa's attorneys.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Newtown's Expert Testifies at ZHB Wawa Hearing

Newtown Planning Commission Versus Wawa

At its April 21, 2021, Zoom meeting, the Newtown Planning Commission discussed Provco’s Zoning Hearing Board “Special Exception” application that includes variances to allow a proposed Motor Vehicle Fueling & Convenience Store (i.e., Super Wawa) on the southwest corner of Newtown Bypass & Lower Silver Lake Road in the Newtown Office Research district.

The requested variances to the E-30 use includes 8 multi-product fueling dispensers where 6 are permitted & associated signage, including an electronic sign visible to the Bypass where electronic signs are prohibited throughout Newtown.

After the presentation and general discussion and questions by Commission members, each member was requested to vote on the special exception application in general and specifically regarding the variances for the fueling dispensers and electronic signage on the Bypass.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Newtown Planning Commission Versus Wawa

American Rescue Plan Permitted Uses: Part 2 

n this 10-minute audio snippet, Holly Fishel, Policy & Research Director at PSATS (Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors), continues the review American Rescue Plan permitted uses. Her comments were made at a May 14, 2021, PSATS "Town Hall" webinar.

NOTE: On June 29, 2021, the Township received the first deposit totalling $1,024,920.93.

Ms. Fishel covered more details on “Permitted Uses” including pay for essential workers, lost revenue replacement, infrastructure investments (e.g., roads), etc. See Ms. Fishels's slides.

These are just a few of the permitted uses. To learn more about eligible uses of the funds, view a fact sheet on the 151-page regulation. Also listen to "American Rescue Plan Category 1 Permitted Uses" by Scott Coburn, General Counsel and Director of Education at PSATS.

Mack's Newtown Voice · American Rescue Plan: More Details on Permitted Uses

Middletown Township Hosts Successful "Hybrid" Public Meetings

In the following 17-minute audio clip, Nick Valla, Assistant Middletown Township, PA, Manager, presents an overview of how his township learned to run "hybrid" public meetings that allow the public to participate in person or remotely via Zoom.

Mr. Valla presented his comments at a Zoom Webinar presented by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Office of Communication on June 9, 2021. The Webinar was titled "Ensuring Equitable and Engaging Meetings" and asked "Are Hybrid Public Meetings the New Norm?" Also see Mr. Valla's slides.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Middletown Township Hosts Successful "Hybrid" Public Meetings

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