Conditional Use Hearing Thursday on Royal Farms

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A “relatively rare” – according to Lower Pottsgrove’s solicitor – conditional use hearing, to determine the suitability of locating a proposed Royal Farms convenience store on Armand Hammer Boulevard property north of the A.D. Moyer hardware store and lumber yard, is scheduled for Thursday (tonight, May 20, 2021) at 6 p.m. in Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd.

Solicitor Charles Garner earlier this month alerted the township Board of Commissioners that, under the township zoning ordinance, its members must decide if the fueling station is acceptable as “an accessory use” within the area zoned as Lower Pottsgrove’s Interchange District. Developers for the project also requested zoning variances, which were scheduled as a subject of May 11 (Tuesday) Zoning Hearing Board meeting.

The more than 13 acres property owned by Moyer Insulators Inc. at 300 Armand Hammer Blvd. already includes “an existing commercial building, two storage buildings, laydown area and lumber yard storage,” according to a legal advertisement published on behalf of the commissioners.

Two Farms Inc., the Baltimore MD firm that hopes to build the convenience market there, proposes to subdivide the land into three parcels. The Royal Farms store and its gas pumps, if approved, would occupy subdivided Lot 1 of 3.14 acres. The developer sought variances from the zoning board regarding the size of the canopy covering the fueling station, the amount of impervious coverage allowed on the lot, the width of one of the remaining lots, and an extension of time for the board’s relief.

The conditional use hearing is free to attend, open to the public, and time will be available for public comment. During the past year, and before the most recent guidance issued by the federal issued Centers for Disease Control, commissioners have asked audience members to wear masks when attending board meetings.

A copy of the commissioners’ meeting agenda, which is topped by the conditional use hearing, is available for download from the township website, here. The board will hold its regularly scheduled second meeting of the month on the same name at Sunnybrook, starting an hour later at 7 p.m. That, too, is open to the public.

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