David Jaindl brought his revised plan for the Spring Creek development to the people of Lower Macungie Township Tuesday in what he hoped would be a comfortable setting at the township's community center.
His hope, he said in last week's announcement of the meeting, was that such a presentation away from the formality of a board of commissioners meeting would create an atmosphere that would allow people to speak freely about his new plan which he says provides for more green space and less truck traffic.
The seven people who have been suing him for the past two years, however, may make it impossible for him to proceed with the plan, he says.
In order to go forward with it, Jaindl needs to have the active recreation portion rezoned so he can move it to a better place, a process he cannot or will not pursue until the litigation is over, he says.
Currently the Appellants have asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear the case, but they don't know yet if they will even be heard.
He tried hard to get the neighbors to come and talk about the plan, he said, but he really wanted more.
Questions began to flow as the meeting went on.
"Plan B looks more acceptable," said Sydney Durgin, "Will you endorse it and see it through to the end regardless of litigation?"
Jaindl's voice took a somber tone.
"No," he said.
Why then, Durgin wanted to know, was Jaindl there?
"We're not the Appellants," she said.
Jaindl replied that he was hoping at least some of the Appellants would have attended the meeting to hear more about the plan directly from him.
"I think it's a better plan," Jaindl said, "I'm going to do everything I can to do that...but the litigation is preventing the land use swap."