A Bucks County developer received conditional final approval from the Upper Macungie Planning Commission Wednesday night to construct 63 townhomes and 22 single-family housing units on the Dunbar Tract along Twin Ponds Road.
This means the plan will now come before the Upper Macungie Supervisors for consideration at their Sept. 6 agenda meeting.
Then, residents came out in large numbers, concerned about increasing traffic and narrow sidewalks, among other things.
“This is all about public safety,” said Kenneth Molony, township director of community development at the time.
Anthony Maras, president of the Heritage Homes Group, told planners in May that his engineer would work with the township’s engineers to come up with a solution to putting sidewalks along the narrow stretch of Twin Ponds Road.
They did just that and the plan presented Wednesday night proposes 22 single-family homes and 63 townhomes for a total of 85 lots and one conservation open space lot to be owned and maintained by the homeowners association.
Wider sidewalks will be built and shoulders will be widened to accommodate traffic and pedestrians.
The only roadway change is a proposed cul de sac on Westminster Drive, which will be offset to the left in consistent fashion with the township's SALDO (Subdivison and Land Development Ordinance).
Jason S. Englehardt, a senior associate with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, said the Parkland School District agreed to pick up students at the curbs and not at the cul de sac.
In stark constrast to the May meeting, only two residents attended Wednesday's meeting and did not ask questions of the commission.