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Board Gives Go-Ahead To Spring Valley Farms

SANATOGA PA – It took developer Brennan Marion, his company Homsher Hill LLC, and his Spring Valley Farms housing project about 12 years to reach Thursday night (Jan. 19, 2017).

That’s when, during its second meeting of the month, the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners unanimously gave final plan approval for Marion’s substantially revised drawings to create a 178-home community on property near the intersection of North Pleasant View and Bleim roads. His plans were first introduced in April 2004.

Much has happened since. A roller coaster economy allowed housing sales to soar when Marion first unveiled his concept, then saw them plummet in the recession that followed. He updated his design with the financial environment, scaling down acreage the project would consume, while coincidentally suggesting zoning law changes that would allow the township to gain more than 83 acres of open land dedicated to recreational use.

As engineer Rolph Graf noted in a presentation to commissioners during the evening, he and Marion over the years have met, consulted, and come to terms with almost every local and regional real estate planning and related development agency, governing body, or contractor imaginable. Almost all are now satisfied. “There are only a few technical issues before we’re construction-ready,” he said.

Not everything is yet set in stone, township engineer Chad Camburn acknowledged to commissioners. There is paperwork that still must be finished, and final approvals to be offered by other agencies as well. But Camburn told the board the plans “had come a long way,” were “cleaned up significantly,” and essentially complied with requirements his firm, Bursich Associates, sought on the township’s behalf.

Among items still outstanding are acceptance by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation of plans to create turn lanes to more easily access Bleim, Sanatoga, and Pruss Hill roads as traffic volume grows when housing sales begin. Montgomery County also has granted use of a sliver of land along Bleim Road that, in the future, could be used to straighten and directly align it with Pruss Hill Road.

Board members heeded the advice of Solicitor Charles Garner and stipulated no work could begin until all agreements and necessary permits were in place, monetary security deposits were made, and Bursich certified other remaining components were completed.

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