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Public Notice: Curative Amendment Hearing on September 30th 2019

PUBLIC NOTICE:  CURATIVE AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE

            Notice is hereby provided pursuant to Sections 610 and 916.1 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (“MPC”), 53 P.S. §§ 10610 and 10916.1, that the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Saucon (“Supervisors”) will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 30, 2019, commencing at 6:30 pm in the auditorium at the Southern Lehigh Middle School, 3715 Preston Lane, Center Valley, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the hearing will be to take testimony and receive evidence in connection with an application filed by Kay Lehigh, LLC (“Applicant”), claiming that the Upper Saucon Township Zoning Ordinance (“Ordinance”) is exclusionary, arbitrary and unduly restrictive and confiscatory as it relates to “warehousing” (“Application”). The specific Ordinance Section at issue is Sub-section 484.E.

 

            Sub-section 484.E relates to “Truck or Motor Freight Terminals” and reads:

                        The subject property shall be located no closer than five

                        hundred feet (500’) from any (OSR, R-1, R-2, R-3 and AQC)

                        Zone and/or property containing a school, day-care facility,

                        park, playground, library, hospital, nursing, rest or retirement

                        home, or medical residential campus.

 

            The property which is the subject of the Application is located on the eastern side of Route 309, south of its intersection with Center Valley Parkway. The property is identified by the following PINs: 641570334543-1, 641469756846-1, 641479112072-1 and 641479326044-1; contains approximately 119.23 acres and is zoned part Industrial and part Commercial. The property also has an Age Qualified Community Overlay.

 

            Based upon its claim that the Ordinance is invalid, the Applicant has filed a curative amendment (“Amendment”) pursuant to Sections 609.1 and 916.1 of the MPC. The Amendment is titled:

                        AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF

                        UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP, COUNTY OF LEHIGH,

                        COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA TO AMEND THE

                        CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING THE TEXT OF THE

                        ‘UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP ZONING ORDINANCE’ TO

                        REMOVE A CERTAIN IMPEDIMENT TO LOCATING TRUCK

                        OR MOTOR FREIGHT TERMINALS IN THE TOWNSHIP

 

            The Amendment proposes to eliminate Sub-section 484.E in its entirety.                   

            The Amendment and supporting documents may be examined at the Upper Saucon Township municipal building located at 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, pursuant to Section 610 of the MPC, 53 P.S. § 10610, attested copies of the proposed Amendment and supporting documents have been filed in the Lehigh County Department of Law (Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. 7th Street, Allentown, PA) and at The Morning Call newspaper.

 

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

DENNIS BENNER, CHAIRMAN

Public Notice – Administration and Finance Committee Meeting

The Administration & Finance Committee of the Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors will meet as follows:  Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm; Monday, October 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm; Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm; Monday, November 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm, and Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:00 am.  All meetings will be held in the Township Municipal Building, 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley, PA.  The Committee will be reviewing various issues related to the 2020 Township budget at these meetings.

 

All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

 

Upper Saucon Township

Thomas F. Beil, Township Manager

2020 Census

As part of the 2020 Census, Census Bureau employees (listers) have started walking through neighborhoods across the country checking addresses not verified using special software. In-field address canvassing will continue through mid-October.

To help identify address listers, employees will have badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They will knock on doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census.

Employees will introduce themselves as a Census Bureau employee, show their official government ID badge, and explain the purpose of the visit. People may also ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses.

For more information

Public Notice: Fire Hydrant Flushing

The Upper Saucon Township Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the Township starting Sunday, September 22, 2019 and continuing through Friday, October 4, 2019. 

Fire Hydrants will be flushed between the hours of 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM. You may experience a period of cloudy and/or discolored water and/or a momentary pressure fluctuation during the late evening or early morning hours. Please understand that these conditions are temporary and any questions should be directed to the Upper Saucon Township Water Department at 610-694-8680.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this maintenance activity.

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP
WATER DEPARTMENT

August 16th 2019: MOVIE NIGHT IS CANCELLED

Based on forecasts for thunderstorms this evening, we have cancelled Movie Night. .

Kay Lehigh Curative Amendment

We have created a dedicated page for information related to  Kay Lehigh Curative Amendment. You may use the link below or navigate to the Documents and select the link from the drop-down menu. 

Kay Lehigh Curative Amendment Update

 

Public Notice: West Hopewell Road Closure

Upper Saucon Township has contracted with Barwis Construction to construct a new walking trail along West Hopewell Road to connect the Curly Horse Development with the Hopewell Elementary School.   Construction of the walking trail will necessitate the closure of West Hopewell Road near the small bridge located between Curly Horse Drive and Bowood Street.  It is anticipated that West Hopewell Road will be closed from August 12 to August 17 while the small bridge is extended to accommodate the new walking trail.  Please keep in mind the road closure could last longer than anticipated due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather and equipment breakdowns.  During the closure, all traffic will be forced to follow posted detour routes utilizing Chestnut Hill Road, Applebutter Hill Road, Spring Drive and Bowood Street.  A plan showing the detour routes is available on the Township website at  West Hopewell Road detour.

Motorists should anticipate delays, especially during peak travel times, and use caution driving through the area.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Township Office at 610-282-1171 ext. 1222.

 

 

 

Public Notice: Upper Saucon Movie Night is Friday, August 16th

Upper Saucon and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce our first movie night will be held at the Upper Saucon Township Community Park on Friday, August 16th at 6:00pm. The movie will be Incredibles 2.

Public Notice: Special Board of Supervisors Meeting – Monday, August 12th

PUBLIC NOTICE
CURATIVE AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE

Notice is hereby provided pursuant to Sections 610 and 916.1 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (“MPC”), 53 P.S. §§ 10610 and 10916.1, that the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Saucon (“Supervisors”) will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 12, 2019, commencing at 7:30 pm in the auditorium at the Southern Lehigh Middle School, 3715 Preston Lane, Center Valley, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the hearing will be to take testimony and receive evidence in connection with an application filed by Kay Lehigh, LLC (“Applicant”), claiming that the Upper Saucon Township Zoning Ordinance (“Ordinance”) is exclusionary, arbitrary and unduly restrictive and confiscatory as it relates to “warehousing” (“Application”). The specific Ordinance Section at issue is Sub-section 484.E.

Sub-section 484.E relates to “Truck or Motor Freight Terminals” and reads:

The subject property shall be located no closer than five
hundred feet (500’) from any (OSR, R-1, R-2, R-3 and AQC)
Zone and/or property containing a school, day-care facility,
park, playground, library, hospital, nursing, rest or retirement
home, or medical residential campus.

The property which is the subject of the Application is located on the eastern side of Route 309, south of its intersection with Center Valley Parkway. The property is identified by the following PINs: 641570334543-1, 641469756846-1, 641479112072-1 and 641479326044-1; contains approximately 119.23 acres and is zoned part Industrial and part Commercial. The property also has an Age Qualified Community Overlay.

Based upon its claim that the Ordinance is invalid, the Applicant has filed a curative amendment (“Amendment”) pursuant to Sections 609.1 and 916.1 of the MPC. The Amendment is titled:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF
UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP, COUNTY OF LEHIGH,
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA TO AMEND THE
CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING THE TEXT OF THE
‘UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP ZONING ORDINANCE’ TO
REMOVE A CERTAIN IMPEDIMENT TO LOCATING TRUCK
OR MOTOR FREIGHT TERMINALS IN THE TOWNSHIP

The Amendment proposes to eliminate Sub-section 484.E in its entirety.

The Amendment and supporting documents may be examined at the Upper Saucon Township municipal building located at 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, pursuant to Section 610 of the MPC, 53 P.S. § 10610, attested copies of the proposed Amendment and supporting documents have been filed in the Lehigh County Department of Law (Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. 7th Street, Allentown, PA) and at The Morning Call newspaper.

UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
DENNIS BENNER, CHAIRMAN

Public Notice: July Water & Sewer Billing to be delayed

07/19/2019: The July 2019 water and sewer utility bills will be delayed due to computer system upgrades. We expect to have the bills out as soon as the upgrades are completed.