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Jaindl's New Spring Creek Plan Could End Funding for Lawsuit

David Jaindl presents an enhanced plan for the Spring Creek development at 3 p.m. today at his office, 3150 Coffeetown Road, Orefield. It is open to the public.

During my time as spokesman for "Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie Township," David Jaindl has consistently reached out to the public and the group going above and beyond to hear community concerns.

At 3 p.m. today he will present his "enhanced plan" for the Spring Creek development in the southwest corner of LMT. The meeting will take place at his office at 3150 Coffeetown Road, Orefield. It is open to the public.

This plan represents significant re-thinking by Mr. Jaindl to address some core concerns: traffic, smart growth, fiscal sustainability and quality of life.

And after the meeting, Friends board members will vote on whether to drop the lawsuit against the township that has been fought and appealed for more than a year. Deadline to present the case to the state Supreme Court is Monday.

At every stage of this process Jaindl has kept open the lines of communication. This is largely what I've always hoped for but sadly never received from the Lower Macungie Township officials. Critical times this would have helped where a)  when critical decisions were being made on whether or not the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was actually a better alternative to the originally proposed quarry, and b) before the township appealed the county court decision that ruled in the appellants favor.

In my personal opinion the compromise is close to representing the better alternative we have always sought. That is short of being able to overturn the zoning wholesale through the courts.

The enhanced plan presented includes:

  • Swapping the location of the large active park component to an area that makes more sense adjacent to the Borough of Alburtis. No longer will residents have to drive through warehousing to access the park.
  • An additional 45 acres of farmland to remain preserved west of Butz Road. 
  • 2 acres of land for a fire station will be dedicated to the township.
  • Some interior roads of the warehousing tracts will be private. The township will never have to maintain these roads and assume the costs.
  • The commercial area will be reduced to 71,000 square feet of space, down from roughly 443,000 square feet.
  • A commitment to developing housing for people aged 55 and older which would limit the impact on our school district.

At 3pm today the "Friends" board, appellants and interested residents will be able to view a presentation by Mr. Jaindl at his office at Jaindl Farms. The board will then vote on whether or not to drop funding of the lawsuit. I am no longer serving in the capacity as spokesperson but I am going into this of the opinion that this plan represents significant re-thinking by Mr. Jaindl to address some of our core concerns.

I'm hopeful. Please note Mr. Jaindl has opened this meeting up to the public. 

Jaindl Farms: 3150 Coffeetown Road  Orefield, PA 18069

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Robert Sentner January 11, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Yes this is a better alternative then what is currently proposed, BUT... lets not forget that because of the actions of the current Commissioners, (they are the one that rezoned this to allow Jaindl to develop this land to the degree it is being developed.) It is much better than the previous plan but still a far cry from the rolling pastures that are presently there. It is still going to be a huge traffic, and infrastructure burden. Lets hope all the residents fully understand this is still going to be a large development of prime farmland. I would personally like to thank David Jaindl for conceding on some of his development plans, as at this point he didn't have to, he is a developer and doing what developers do. I hold the sitting commissioners responsible for this entire quality of life changing event for our part of the county that is coming our way. Election time can't come soon enough to remove the commissioner / real estate members. Thank you "Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie Township" for everything you have done. Rob Sentner
Rob Hamill January 12, 2013 at 02:36 PM
This is a sea change, David listened to the citizens, which is much more than the ass-clown commissioners did.
Robert Csandl January 14, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Unless this is in an iron-clad legally binding agreement, I would not trust this Maverick nor the pawns in his pocket. Like the LULU (locally unpopular land use) quarry this started with, and the successive shenanigans by the zoning board and the township commissioners it is no wonder there so little TRUST in government and the plutocrats who pull their strings. Shame on all of you for destroying our farmland for profit, you turkeys.

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