Township Has 45 Days to Consider Royal Farms Plan
Consulting engineer Robert E. Blue (at top) makes a notation on Royal Farms plans during a Lower Pottsgrove conditional use hearing
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – The Royal Farms convenience store chain says it plans to widen Armand Hammer Boulevard, and install deceleration lanes there in both directions to ease traffic flow, if the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners agrees that construction of a fueling station at its proposed market on property east of the A.D. Moyer lumber yard is an acceptable conditional use.
Senior Project Engineer John Yurick of McMahon Associates Inc., who testified Thursday (May 20, 2021) on behalf of Royal Farms during a board-conducted hearing, also reported the company intends to improve traffic signals, install new pedestrian crosswalks, and make other changes to ensure that its project at 300 Armand Hammer Blvd. addresses any potential congestion.
The board has 45 days in which to consider its decision, township Solicitor Charles Garner said. If it takes the full time available, he noted, its answer might not be known until early July. The company has already received approval for several zoning variances it sought in a May 11 meeting of the township Zoning Hearing Board.
Both commissioners and Garner emphasized that Royal Farms would remain subject to the township’s applicable land development process, and would be required to satisfy any additional zoning hearing board, planning commission, or township board requirements before and if final approval is granted. The development timeline often takes several months or more. Public comment, they said, would be sought on several occasions.
The scope of the commissioners’ hearing, held an hour before its regular meeting, was limited to whether the 16-pump fueling station meets with their approval as a conditional use. Questions during the session, however, were more broadly about traffic impacts along the road that connects to an interchange for U.S. Route 422, and from which drivers reach the Moyer and nearby Home Depot stores.
Site frontage improvements, including those for traffic, are recommended to be completed “all at once,” Yurick added.
The property, currently owned by the Moyer family, would be subdivided into three parcels, with Moyer Lumber at the center, Royal Farms on the east, and possible future development on the west, commercial real estate representative Chase Gunther of Zommick-McMahon testified. The company already operates about 250 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region, he said. A group of family members and other Moyer officials were in attendance Thursday.
Robert E. Blue, principal of Robert E. Blue Consulting Engineers PC, added that Royal Farms planned to install a storm water management system that would meet or exceed municipal specifications across all three lots, which they currently lack. As part of his study for the company, he testified, he identified two tentative locations for water collection. He also concluded the company’s use of the property would have “no adverse effects on neighboring land uses.”
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