A 56-pad mobile home park just 30 feet from Headly and Wiltshire Walk has been proposed for the Newtown Swim Club site in Newtown Township.
The swim club is closing after this summer and owner David Platt is working with County Builders to create a residential development on the 16.6-acre property.
The application that has been submitted to Newtown Township for the mobile home park comes after a plan for townhomes was shot down by the Board of Supervisors.
The application for a mobile home park will come before the township’s Planning Board later this month or early next month, Board of Supervisors chairman Mike Gallagher said.
In November, Platt came before the township Board of Supervisors with a plan for 52 townhomes on the property. That proposal required a variance because the property, located on Newtown-Yardley Road, is zoned for single-family housing. A variance is needed to construct higher density townhomes.
By a 3-2 vote, the supervisors decided to oppose the variance and send its solicitor before the Zoning Hearing Board’s review of the application.
At that meeting, Mike Meister, president of County Builders, blasted the board for their lack of support for Platt. Meister told the board that if they didn’t accommodate the current proposal, he would put forth an alternate proposition for the site – a trailer park.
A mobile home park is a permitted use for that property under the current zoning.
Township Supervisors Chairman Mike Gallagher, who along with board member Ryan Gallagher did not oppose the application for the townhomes, said the mobile home park could very well be coming to Newtown.
He said the applicant has invested at least $10,000 in engineering fees and more than $30,000 overall in application fees and escrow.
“Everything that I see looks like they’re full steam ahead,” Gallagher said. He explained a mobile home park is a by-right use, meaning the applicant does not need a zoning variance.
That use has been permitted on the property since the 1980s, he noted.
Gallagher said he hasn’t seen the elevation plans for the proposal so he couldn’t comment on the look of the development. “The planning commission will put it through the ringer. We have an engineer and a planner who will scrutinize it.”
Gallagher said he’s disappointed in the way things panned out, adding he wished the board went along with the plan for 52 townhomes.
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