Friday, March 22, 2013
The man with the plan and the lawyer for its objectors comment on Thursday's settlement agreement.
David Jaindl attended but did not speak at the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners' meeting Thursday. But after he left the meeting both he and Robert Rust, the attorney for the six people who objected to Jaindl's Spring Creek Development plan, gave their thoughts on the almost three-year litigation. A settlement was signed by Jaindl and the objectors Thursday after the group of six decided they could not come up with the $275,000 bond they were required to pay to continue. One of the objectors, Constance Moyer, said after the meeting that her group's "fight has not been in vain. Although we were not able to get rid of the warehouses in Mr. Jaindl's plan, much has changed during these years of conflict. So many people were upset…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Appellants sign an agreement with David Jaindl ending their lengthy lawsuit over the Spring Creek Development in Lower Macungie Township.
Six objectors to David Jaindl's Spring Creek Development plan signed an agreement Thursday that ends their battle after almost three years of litigation. After Lehigh County Judge Michele A. Varricchio ruled on March 5 that the appellants had to pay a $275,000 bond to continue their fight, the objectors considered their options, according to an email release from Donald Miles, one of the lawyers for the appellants: Constance and Ronald Moyer, Gerald and Karen Kronk, and Joseph and Kimberly Castagna. Miles also asked the Pa. Supreme Court to hear the case, but has not received an answer, he said. According to Miles, the settlement agreement between Jaindl and the appellants provides the following improvements or changes to Jaindl’s original…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Lehigh County Judge Michele Varricchio says if they want to continue, they must post a $275,000 bond.
Lehigh County Judge Michele A. Varricchio on Monday ruled that the seven people who have been opposing Jaindl Land Co.'s Spring Creek development plans must post a $275,000 bond if they are to proceed with their case. In January David Jaindl asked the courts to require a $500,000 bond of the Appellants to protect, he said at the time, "against some of the damages that he will suffer based upon further delay attributable to the frivolous actions of the Appellants and their attorneys." Appellants' attorney Donald W. Miles said in an email Tuesday that Varricchio's Yesterday's ruling could put an end to the Appellants' request to be heard by the state Supreme Court. "[Varricchio] will issue a written order to post a bond in the next day or …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
David Jaindl will try to make sure his 'Plan B' is the one that is developed if and when the Appellants' law suit ends.
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…
Friday, February 8, 2013
All five Lower Macungie Commissioners agreed to amend the commercial district regulations for land next to Allen Organ.
The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to amend commercial district regulations involving the farmland next to Allen Organ, just outside the borough of Macungie. Ordinance 2013-01 allows multi-family apartment dwellings and gas stations as conditional uses to the land which is zoned C-Commercial. The vote was unanimous at 4-0 with Commissioner President Ron Eichenberg abstaining since he is the realtor of record for the property. Eichenberg, who recently announced he will run for re-election did not participate in any discussion, but remained in his seat on the dais for the duration. The ordinance also provides for "...lot area, width, building requirements and additional standards for multi-family…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
David Jaindl fears Appellants' recent Supreme Court filing could financially harm his interests.
David Jaindl, the man who wants to develop 700 acres of farmland in Lower Macungie Township, filed a petition in Lehigh County Court several days ago, asking that the people who oppose his Spring Creek Development plan be required to put up a $500,000 bond to protect the Jaindl interests. The "Appellants," the seven people named in the ongoing suits that have tried to halt Jaindl's Spring Creek Development plan, recently filed a petition with the state Supreme Court with the hope that their case will be among the 5 percent of cases filed that are chosen to be heard. The issue, called "polarizing" by some, began in 2010 with the rezoning of 700 acres of farmland in the southwest corner of Lower Macungie Township. The Appellants, residents …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Plans for David Jaindl's Spring Creek Development have polarized Lower Macungie Township. Is "Plan B" any better than the original?
David Jaindl's "Plan B," which he presented to the public at the Jan. 17 commissioners' meeting, allows for more green space and less traffic from tractor trailors. Additionally, the new plan contains 200 single family homes and a development for people aged 55 and over. Commissioner Ryan Conrad noted that the entire rezoning/development plan "has created serious polarization in certain segments of the community." Additionally, at the meeting after the presentation of the plan, Conrad referred to Plan B as something to which appellants may have "agreed maybe holding their nose like we have." Do you think Jaindl's "Plan B" is better than the original plan to build up to 900 townhomes, warehouses and a strip mall?
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Eight acres of farmland at Quarry Road and Route 100 is the first domino to fall. Some fear another MacArthur Road.
Editor's Note: On Jan. 17 both the Upper Milford Supervisors and Lower Macungie Commissioners met. Since both governing bodies talked about the same topic, this story is the first of a collaborative effort to present the information in the context the region as a whole in the spirit of the Southwestern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan. There’s a feud a-brewin’ in the southwestern corner of Lehigh County that could ultimately rival that of the Hatfields and McCoys. The source of the dispute? What the Upper Milford Board of Supervisors feels to be the uncontrolled and ill-conceived land development in Lower Macungie Township. It was that development and what, if anything, Upper Milford Township can do about it, that became the focus of a spirited …
Friday, January 18, 2013
"Plan B" for the Spring Creek seems better to some, but the appellants Supreme Court filing may make it impossible, Jaindl says.
David Jaindl wants Lower Macungie Township to know he's listening. And that he's been listening to township residents for the past three years. At Thursday's meeting of the township Board of Commissioners, Jaindl presented an alternative plan to the original one that would have developed 700 acres of farmland in the southwest corner of Lower Mac with a strip mall, warehouses and up to 900 homes. Highlights of "Plan B" include: Another way Jaindl said he is trying to reduce truck traffic is by offering incentives to companies who would use the Conrail service there instead of trucks. Commissioner Ryan Conrad reacted to the plan first. "These plans have polarized this community. Nobody is happy. I'm sorry we were not able to convince you to …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The LMT residents who sued the township regarding the Jaindl development at taking their next appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Monday, January 14
"The Appellants," -- as they have come to be known -- the Lower Macungie Township residents who will be directly affected by the original Spring Creek development plan, and whose names are on the lawsuit against the Lower Macungie Township Commissioners, have taken their legal action to the next level. Donald Miles, the group's attorney, filed an appeal Monday with the state Supreme Court even after David Jaindl came up with a "Plan B" last week. The appellants' move could take Jaindl's revised plan -- which would have assured less development -- off the table since a condition of the plan was that the appellants would not pursue legal action. Some are not convinced Jaindl's revised plan is better, however. "While Jaindl’s new proposal …