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Is This Farmland, or a Bedroom Community?

Residents and township officials are at odds

This farmland, on the far western side of Lower Macungie Township, could hold 900 homes and several warehouses and other industrial buildings if the decision of the Lower Macungie Commissioners plays out.

However, the Friends of Lower Macungie Township, a grassroots group formed to preserve the farmland, has filed suit in the Lehigh County courts to try to prevent the plans submitted by developer David Jaindl from ever coming to fruition.

Township officials said they decided in favor of the development as a way to avoid having the land turned into a 600-acre quarry which was Jaindl's original plan.  

The development will be the topic when the Lower Macungie Townhip Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Lower Macungie Township Municipal Building, 3400 Brookside Road.

JT December 13, 2010 at 04:32 PM
Sorry, but Scott Beiber is a founder of the group suing the Township. He can't possibly be a reporter covering this issue or provide a fair story. I suggest removing this story and preventing Beiber from writing on this topic going forward (unless it's an op-ed). Assign it to one of your other reporters. Otherwise the credibility of this new and exciting form of local media is on the line.
Gov111w December 13, 2010 at 06:04 PM
I think it high time that the residents here exerted some pressure on keeping some of this land in farming. Deveolopers would have it all in concret and plastic. It is time for the crooked politicians to step down and the rest of the community be heard....
JT December 13, 2010 at 06:33 PM
Editor - Thank you for taking my suggestion seriously and removing Scott Beiber from covering this issue. It speaks to your willingess to make a sincere effort to provide credible, fair, and newsworthy stories.
Scott Bieber December 16, 2010 at 06:04 PM
Dear JT, I was never the reporter for this subject. Do you think Patch is stupid enough to assign a publicly-biased person to cover a topic ? I was only a opinion writer.

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