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Planning Work Slows Down For Sanatoga Green

SANATOGA PA – Completing necessary design tasks, finishing accompanying drawings, and getting approval from Lower Pottsgrove engineers has slowed progress toward the next township review of the Sanatoga Green residential and commercial development proposed for the west side of Evergreen Road, the Board of Commissioners heard Monday (March 6, 2017).

Scott Exley, president of engineering firm Bursich Associates, told commissioners his employees and township staff members met Feb. 7, Feb. 14, and Feb. 23 with Sanatoga Green representatives and others to cover items including flood calculation studies, revised plans, design reports, preliminary comments, and traffic impacts. Those efforts, however, may not be enough to allow developers to start earth-moving and construction during April, as they once hoped, Exley indicated.

More information is still needed from Castle Caldecott LLC, the development company that wants to erect more than 500 residences and several commercial structures on the property, Exley said, and a follow-up meeting is scheduled for April 6. That leaves little time for a commissioners’ review next month, he noted, so it might not be until May or later that board members can sign off on the plans.

“We (Bursich) and township staff have been going above and beyond for this developer,” Exley explained to the board, and “we’ve brought in additional resources to bring it along.” The developers seem “to be doing their best too, but they may need a little more help,” he added in an interview after the meeting ended. “This is a big job. It’s complicated, and a lot of hurdles have to be cleared” before commissioners can offer their approval.

Board Vice President Stephen Klotz thanked Exley and the staff for their work, and said it showed how Lower Pottsgrove was continuing its efforts to be a “business-friendly” municipality. At the same time, Klotz added, he and other commissioners want to ensure the township protected its interests and those of its residents.

In a related matter, North Pleasantview Road resident Charles Nippert asked if the township had yet heard from the Pottsgrove School District about school enrollment projections provided to the district last Tuesday (Feb. 28). Those figures indicated Sanatoga Green was one of three developments that could have a significant impact on student population over the next 10 years. Township officials said they had not been contacted.

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