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Upper Macungie planning commission considers plan for 100 new homes

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Harold "Bud" Newton of Newton Engineering speaks before the Upper Macungie Planning Commission.

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. — A development that would straddle Upper Macungie and Lower Macungie townships and add 100 single-family detached homes was proposed Wednesday to Upper Macungie Planning Commission.

The plan, called Estates at Woodmere, proposes building the home lots at Ash Lane and Mertztown Road in Upper Macungie.

  • A sketch plan for a new housing development called Estates at Woodmere was presented to Upper Macungie Planning Commission on Wednesday
  • Commission members discussed the specifics of the design of the sketch plan, which is still in the early stages of development
  • Another housing development plan, Trexler Pointe, was tabled and not discussed at Wednesday’s meeting

The development would be in both townships, but the houses would be in Upper Macungie.
Harold “Bud” Newton of Newton Engineering presented the plan on behalf of the developer, Jaindl Land Company.

Newton said the plan was first submitted to the township in the mid 2000s. He did not specify why the project has been delayed.

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The sketch plan for Estates at Woodmere.

Planning commission members discussed the specifics of the design of the sketch plan, such as the number of fire hydrants needed and how stormwater would be managed.

The plan is in an early stage of development. Planning Commission Chairman Charles Deprill said that while the plan received approval in 2007, this sketch plan counts as a new submission because it has been more than five years since its approval.

Because of technical issues, Wednesday’s meeting was not streamed on the township’s YouTube page as normal.

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The Upper Macungie Township Planning Commission.

Another housing development plan, Trexler Pointe, was tabled and not discussed at Wednesday’s meeting.

Trexler Pointe was discussed at the October planning commission meeting along with two other housing developments, which in together would add almost 500 housing units to the township.

Also at the meeting, Deprill introduced a new member of the planning commission, Andrew Eck.