John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Upcoming Public Meetings

The following are selected official meetings of Newtown Township Boards and Committees. Some meetings may have only partial agendas or information about what may be discussed. When possible, I include links to important documents and background information. Come back often as this page is frequently updated with new information.

You can also view the Calendar of Events and use the tools there to add any of these meetings to your personal calendar for reminders.

See below for links to summaries of recent past meetings.

List of Upcoming Meetings

Mack's Guide to the Newtown Township Website. Lesson 1: Downloading Meeting Agendas

Planning Commission

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 7:30 PM

Location: Public Meeting Room, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940

Learn more about the Planning Commission.

Items to be Discussed Include:
  • ARCADIA AT NEWTOWN HOLDINGS LP Final Major Subdivision Plan for 60 Single-Family Homes Lot. Background: "Residents Speak Out Against Arcadia Decision". NOTE: PennDOT rejected all vehicle access - including to and from the Newtown Bypass - EXCEPT for the U-turn at Mill Pond Road plan. See PennDOT's Response Letter.
  • Arcadia Land Development Environmental Issues (may be discussed) - The Final Plan of Subdivision for Arcadia at Newtown LP was reviewed by the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC). In its review the BCPC had the following comments that the EAC may weigh in on:
    • Trails - upgrade from wood chips to an 8-foot-wide paved trail to allow for greater usage; connect to the pathway located in the adjacent Eagle Ridge development. This pedestrian link would provide residents of the new development with access to Tyler State Park, using existing sidewalks along Mill Pond Road. 
    • Trees - recommends additional tree protection; suggests changes to species of trees planned for the following reasons: scarlet oaks (Quercus coccinea) and white oaks (Quercus alba) are subject to bacterial leaf scorch which is an infectious chronic disease that is affecting several species of oaks in southeastern Pennsylvania; Chinese dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are susceptible to dogwood anthracnose; weeping willow trees (Salix babylonica) are not included in the township’s approved plant material list in Section 530.5. of the SALDO.
    • Landscape Plan - recommends that the landscape plan be prepared, signed, and sealed by a registered landscape architect licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. 
  • Other items TBD

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Parks and Recreation Board

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 4, 7:00 PM

Location: Public Meeting Room, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940

Learn more about the Parks and Recreation Board.

Items to be Discussed Include:
  • Public Comment MAY include request for update on "Healing the Planet Grant Program" grant for improvements to the trails and cleaning up the diseased trees at Clark Nature Center. For more information about that, read "Can We Open the Clark Nature Center Trails?"
  • Public Comment MAY include inquiry regarding "insurance risk control survey report for parks." This item was included in the July 23, 2021, Parks & Recreation Report.
  • Weed Ordinance report from Environmental Advisory Council
  • Camp updates, sponsorships

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Joint Zoning Council

Date & Time: Thursday, August 5, 7:30 PM

Location: Wrightstown Municipal Building, 2203 Second Street Pike, Wrightstown PA 18940

Learn More About the JZC

Items to be Discussed Include:

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Meet Mack Monday

Date & Time: Monday, August 9, 2021, 7:30 PM

Register to attend Zoom meeting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HFBHVMQ 

Login details will be sent to you via email or text to your cell phone a few days before the meeting and again on the meeting day.

Learn more about Meet Mack Monday

Items to be Discussed Include
  • Overview of Wawa ZHB Hearing. Round 2 of Newtown vs Wawa was held at the July 8, 2021, Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) hearing. After all the testimony and cross-examine of Wawa’s witnesses ended it was decided that Newtown’s lone witness would be heard at the next ZHB meeting on August 18, 2021. 
  • Arcadia Land Development. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has turned down Arcadia’s request for direct access to the Newtown Bypass as part of its plans to build a new housing development at Buck Road and the Bypass (read the PennDOT rejection letter). The agency also rejected a secondary suggestion that would have allowed left turns from the development onto northbound Buck Road. What it has agreed to, said Township Solicitor Dave Sander, is allowing a U-Turn at Mill Pond Road and Diamond Drive at the entrances to the Eagle Ridge and Crown Pointe developments that would allow traffic from the new development to double back for access to the Bypass and destinations north of the Bypass. This and other aspects of the Land Development plan for this project was reviewed by the Newtown Planning Commission at its August 3, 2021, meeting. I will review the discussion at that meeting as well as what to expect when this issue comes before the Board of Supervisors on August 11, 2021.

  • Toll Brothers Rte. 413 and Twining Bridge Road Litigation. At its August 26, 2020, meeting Newtown Township Supervisors Denied Toll Brothers Conditional Use Application. On September 28, 2020, Toll Brothers filed an appeal of this decision in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. I will review this issue if there is any further information available to report.
  • Progress Report on Lower Dolington Road Trail Project. Two bids were received by the 7/20/21, 10 AM due date. Unfortunately, these bids are much higher than the amount of money available for this project from grants. I will discuss the possible implications.
  • Hybrid Public Meetings: Should Newtown implement "hybrid" in-person/online township public meetings where officials meet in person as before COVID-19 but the public has the option to participate remotely via Zoom (or other technology) or in person? I will present more survey results & discuss further actions to take if you are in favor of this option, including signing a petition to the supervisors: "Say YES To Hybrid Newtown Township Public Meetings"
  • Update on 2021 Road Repair Program. I will report on the township roads to be repaired this year and, if available, go over the schedule.
  • Support for Newtown Fire Services. I will briefly discuss the action taken by the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors at its July 14, 2021, meeting to recoup some expenses of its paid EMS/Fire Fighters from Newtown Borough. What are the possible next steps?
  • Privilege of the Floor. Other issues, concerns of attendees.

You can join this Meet Mack Monday discussion via Zoom or via phone. Login details will be sent to you via email or text to your cell phone a few days before the meeting and again on the meeting day.

DISCLAIMER: This is not an official Newtown Township meeting. It is hosted by Newtown Supervisor John Mack to learn more about issues of concern to Newtown Township residents. The opinions expressed at Meet Mack Monday events are solely those of John Mack and the attendees of the meeting and do not represent the opinions of any other entity. Admittance is by invitation only.

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Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 7:00 PM

Location: Public Meeting Room, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940

Learn more about the BOS.

Items to be Discussed Include:

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Zoning Hearing Board

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 7:00 PM

Location: Public Meeting Room, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940

Learn more about the ZHB.

  • Wawa Hearing Continued. 

    At the July 14, 2021, BOS meeting, Solicitor David Sander gave brief summary of Wawa’s requests for variances before the Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB). Round 2 of Newtown vs Wawa was held at the July 8, 2021, ZHB meeting.

    At this meeting Mr. Sander will bring his witness – David Babbitt – to testify. Mr. Babbitt Private owns a consulting practice in land planning. Services include providing expert testimony before zoning hearing boards, planning commissions, and elected officials. After that, the Provco attorney will cross-examine Mr. Babbitt.

    Mr. Sander does not think a decision will be made at the August 18 meeting and that there will be one more meeting where a decision will be made.

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Recent Past Meetings
July 14, 2021, Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

Detailed Meeting Notes

Agenda Items Included:

  • Condition Use Hearings: Five Guys Burgers & Fries and The Halal Guys. These applications were reviewed by the Newtown Township Planning Commission at its June 15, 2021, Zoom meeting (access highlights from the minutes and video of that meeting).
  • June 2021 Police Report by Chief Hearn
  • Traffic Committee Resolution: Not needed say supervisors! View video.
  • Intergovernmental Fire Service Agreement with Newtown Borough – Discussion
  • Wawa – ZHB update

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July 8, 2021, Zoning Hearing Board

Agenda:

  • This meeting was devoted to Provco Pineville Acquisitions LLC, Newtown Bypass & L. Silver Lake Rd (hearing continued from the June 3, 2021, meeting): This application seeks first a special exception for use E-30, Motor Vehicle Fueling and Convenience.

Newtown Township Versus Wawa: Round 2, Signage Part Deux (Audio Snippets): Most of the testimony, presented evidence and cross-examination concerned the signage. Listen...

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July 6, 2021, Planning Commission

Agenda Items Included:

  • JMZO Amendment - CM (Scott Farm UM): This is a proposed amendment to the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance which was drafted at the request of Upper Makefield (UM) Township. The ordinance proposes to rezone a 3.2-acre parcel (3.01 acres, net of right-of-way) which is currently part of the Veteran's Cemetery. The property, referred to as the Scott Farm, was originally zoned VR-1 prior to the construction of the Veteran's Cemetery. The parcel contains several historic structures, most notably the Scott Farmhouse and the Merrick House, both of which are eligible for inclusion on the National Register. The VA has indicated its intent to sell this small part of the cemetery, presumably because the VA does not want to be responsible for the continue maintenance of the historic structures.
  • Special Guest: Township Planner Michele Fountain will make her second appearance to continue the discussion of rezoning the LI & OLI District that borders Newtown-Yardley Road. View the video of her first guest appearance.

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June 28, 2021, Technology & Communications Committee Meeting

Audio excepts from the meeting. Includes my personal notes and handouts.

Agenda Items Included:

  • Website Review: The Newtown Township website was reviewed to determine what can be done to make improvements.
  • Hybrid Meetings: The committee discussed ideas for implementing "hybrid" in-person/online township public meetings where officials meet in person as before COVID-19 but the public has the option to participate remotely via Zoom (or other technology) or in person. What do you think of this idea? TAKE MY SURVEY. Read "Middletown Township Hosts Successful "Hybrid" Public Meetings".
  • Old Business: LED lighting project and where it stands

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June 22, 2021, Finance Committee Meeting

Audio excepts from the meeting.

Agenda Items Included:

  • Report from Township Supervisor liaison Dennis Fisher: American Rescue Plan. A discussion on the possible uses for the COVID-19 Relief funds, which will total over $2 million. (Background: How Should Newtown Spend COVID-19 Relief Money?)

  • Budget Process: A lively discussion on the roles of the Finance Committee in determining how and when it will be able to advise on 2022 budgeting priorities.

  • Other items discussed include: Accounting software update, Cable Franchise Agreement, and upgrading the public meeting room audio visual equipment and communications technology. These all speak to adding budget items or spending COVID-19 Relief funds.

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June 21, 2021, Meet Mack Monday Meeting

Agenda Items Include:

  • Starting the 2022 Budget Process Sooner, Wawa ZHB Hearing Summary, Arcadia Land Development Overview, Lower Dolington Trail Progress

See video archive below and download the meeting notes.

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