Lehigh County Judge Michele Varricchio ruled Wednesday that the zoning ordinance that would allow David Jaindl to build a mix of warehouses, commercial buildings and hundreds of homes on 600 acres of prime Lower Macungie farmland is invalid.
She said though the township made a "good faith effort" to comply with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code, notices of the meeting were misleading because they did not identify which ordinance was to be voted on, and they did not say how the ordinance was to be changed, according to this Morning Call report.
Varricchio had several procedural issues to decide on regarding the zoning challenge. The notification issue is only one of them.
Currently the township's zoning hearing board is considering testimony in an effort to rule on four substantive issues regarding the zoning challenge. Its next meeting will be at 6:30 on Sept. 21.
The 600-acre parcel of land bounded Smith Lane and Mertztown, Spring Creek and Ruth roads in the southwest corner of the township is, some say, some of the best farmland not only in the state, but in the country.
Jaindl Land Co.'s plans to develop it with more than 700 units of high-density housing, warehouses and commercial establishments has been a hotly debated issue in the township since the change to the zoning ordinance was signed in July 2010.