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Trailer Park Plans Awaiting Planning Commission Review

A Planning Commission review that was intitially supposed to be held Feb. 5 has not yet been rescheduled.

A Newtown Township Planning Commission review of the proposed plans for a trailer park on the Newtown Swim Club property has yet to be rescheduled, township officials confirmed Friday. 

The application was on the Planning Commission agenda for Feb. 5, however that review was postponed due to a scheduling conflict on the part of the applicant, County Builders. Instead, a continuance was requested.

The Planning Commission meetings in March are scheduled for the 5th and the 19th.

The township is still awaiting word from VanLuvanee regarding the probability of County Builders resubmitting plans for townhouses on the 16-acre property instead of a 56-pad trailer park. 

According to Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Gallagher, township solicitor Jeffrey Garton has reached out to County Builders to see if it would again consider a townhome plan instead of a trailer park.

The application for a mobile home park was submitted in December after the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors voted to send its solicitor to the Zoning Hearing Board to defend the township's zoning regulations with regards to County Builders' 52-townhome proposal.

The townhome proposal required a variance because it exceeded the housing density permitted in that zoning district.

Board members Rob Ciervo, Matt Benchener and Phil Calabro voted in favor of sending the solicitor to represent the township. Since then, in response to the community’s outrage over the trailer park proposal, board member Matt Benchener said he would now support townhomes. 

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Melf55 February 27, 2013 at 04:46 AM
@Newtown resident, the builder wanted town homes but as @Delores very clearly pointed out Ciervo created this mess. Single homes are not a viable option because the market is awful so the builder had no choice but goto mobile homes. I think he could make as much on mobile homes as town homes.. So thanks Ciervo for bringing in mobile homes.. That is clearly where the blame belongs ...@2013 -- I don't think you are smoking anything, you are just clueless.
R U guessing ? February 27, 2013 at 04:58 PM
@ Newtown guy and Dolores-nut U must B friends with the Platts, sticking up 4 them when no one else is. Running done the Supervisors 4 doing thier jobs Put the blame where it belongs the Platts, they have seen Toll Bros. and other builders Bully thier way through the Government process so they R trying to get the most they can and screw the citizens of Newtown ! Toll bros has NO problem selling thier houses, Is this builder of Shoddy shopping centers ( County ) have a problem building "SINGLE Houses " ? U must B smoking something pretty powerfull to NOT understand what a single house is. U R constantly saying the present Board is the problem when NONE of them changed the zonning rules in thier Tenure ! U constantly run down the NAC yet U wave the Flag of capitalism 4 your buddy Platt.
Melf55 February 28, 2013 at 03:42 AM
2013-- the job of the supervisors is to evaluate the situation and decide what is best for our community. In order to understand the situation you must open up a line of communication and be objective. The three supervisors led by Ciervo voted against town homes and forced the hand of the builder with very little communication just arrogance. I see how Ciervo treats people so i am sure he did not open up the lines of communicatio. The builder explained single homes are not selling and are not an option so we will have to build mobile homes. The builder forewarned that they might have to build a mobile home park. The supervisors needed to objectively evaluate all the options and be aware of the reall estate situation with single hme sales. Platt needs out because of health or NAC.. I am not entirely sure which.. The supervisors allowed the NAC to put the resort style pool in a office park and definitely helped put the Platts out of business.So here we are in my opinion due to the supervisors not doing their job.. That is not fair to all the supervisors...but I guess Benchner realized his mistake... Now we might have mobile homes which is ok under the zoning but what a shame because we will have the same impact for schools and and traffic with out the same tax base as town homes... I think mobile homes are not assessed at the same level.
R U guessing ? March 01, 2013 at 06:12 PM
@ Newtown Guy; In MY opinion which I am entitled to; The Supervisors were upholding our zoning ordinance, and did NOTHING wrong. The political oposition is Quick to Point fingers. The adjoining residents are scared by Platt and the builders antics, which are driven by GREED ! To bring the Nac into a coversation about Trailer parks or town Houses is ridiculous. Too much slanted thinking or political posturing before an election always goes on in Newtown,
Melf55 March 04, 2013 at 02:14 AM
2013- I agree you are entitled to your opinion. I am as well.. We will agree to disagree. I do not see the Platts as greedy. I do believe the NAC is helping put thr Platts out of business. I do not think I am slanted but do believe my take is pretty accurate. I also think if you asked one of the Gallagers ( on the supervisors board ) they would set you straight pretty quick about the damage Ciervo did by his arrogance. Also that Benchner was more naive hence why he gave all the power back to Platts/ builder and why they will get everything they asked for from the beginning. All it took was two way negotitions. But we can agree to disagree.

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