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Commissioners Accept 1,000th Signature

Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie Township presented more proof that farmland development is unpopular.

The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners accepted another collection of petitions at its Jan. 19 meeting.

Resident Mark Spengler presented the the latest batch, explaining that among the petitions he was presenting was the 1,000th voice asking the commissioners to withdraw from a memorandum of understanding that changed zoning laws for a third of the township.

The change to the zoning ordinance alllows development of hundreds of acres of farmland in the township's southwest corner by David Jaindl.

Spengler gave three reasons for asking the commissioners to abandon the MOU and to pull back from developing the farmland:

1. Overcrowding in the East Penn School District

", just down the street from this land has over 30 students in some of its first grade classrooms, and it is a brand new school."

2. Flooding

"East Penn closed on two occasions this year due to flooding while every other school in the Lehigh Valley stayed open."

3. Higher taxes

"Building high-density residential housing, warehouses and strip malls on this land will elad to a lot of infrastructure needs in the future that will result in inevitable tax hikes. The children of this township will pay these bills, and it is not fair to them."

None of the commissioners gave a lenghty response to the presentation, though Commissioner Roger Reis said that the BOC has made itself clear on its opinion in the matter.

Carol Ellis January 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I collected about 50 signatures on the petition. It was so easy to get people to sign because everyone (except for 2 who said they had a conflict of interest) was against allowing Jaindl to build 4 million square feet of warehouses and 700 townhouses. But the Commissioners would not care if we presented 5,000 signatures. The Commissioners want the development (three are realtors); the Commissioners have the power and as long as they remain in power, they will do what they want, the public be damned. I’m not surprised that none of the Commissioners gave a lengthy response. I have observed their modus operandi-- when the Commissioners do not agree with what the speaker has to say, they do not discuss the issue, they do not explain why they disagree, they simply put an end to the discussion. The residents cannot vote on the issues and the Commissioners are inflexible. The Commissioners rule as classic despots with absolute power.

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