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Planners Flexible In Subdivision Plan

SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township planners demonstrated Monday (May 18, 2009) they could be flexible in helping both industrial property owners and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) meet their respective goals.

Near the entrance.

Being marketed.

Members of the township Planning Commission, in their monthly meeting at the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., gave Occidental Chemical Corp. and BCW Associates Ltd. up to 12 months to identify and place certain lot line markers, called monuments, on adjoining parcels they own at 351 and 375 Armand Hammer Blvd. The properties are part of an industrial and business park being marketed on the site of the former Occidental manufacturing plant.

A portion of the properties faces U.S. Route 422 near the Armand Hammer Boulevard interchange, where PennDOT has told Occidental it may rebuild and modify the highway within a year. Placing the monuments immediately,  considered a standard engineering practice, would increase Occidental’s costs if the highway department later used a slice of the frontage in its reconstruction, a company representative told board members.

“I’d like to pay for setting the pins just once, not twice,” he said. The board agreed, and offered the 12-month window so PennDOT could complete its roadway plans and notify Occidental of what, if any, land it might need to complete them.

Board members also approved other changes on the properties subject to supervision and approval by township staff members and engineers. Occidental representatives also agreed to return for further planning approvals as their marketing plans developed.

Monday’s review was the second time in as many months that the Occidental-BCW minor subdivision plan, which involves a change in lot lines, came before the board. It requires approval by the township Board of Commissioners, which is expected to consider the matter before July 6.

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