Planners Save Land Owner Time in Lot Line Change

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – During a Monday night (July 19, 2021) meeting that took only 20 minutes, members of the Lower Pottsgrove Planning Commission saved local property owners time by sparing them from attending a second session.

The five-member commission unanimously recommended both preliminary and final subdivision and land development plan review approval for a proposal to separate the first of three privately held residential properties from holdings of the Romig Estate. The orchard property currently consists of more than 72 acres on the north side of Bleim Road.

Legal requirements of the estate allow only one such separation annually, engineer John Aston of Aston Associates in Boyertown explained to board members. He said they might expect to see similar separations for the remaining residences during the next two years.

The plan for 1434 Bleim Rd. requires only a change in lot lines and does not involve any construction, changed use, or sewer or road improvements. As a result, planners offered to have their recommendation cover both its first (preliminary) and second (final) reviews. That eliminated the need for a follow-up meeting which, board Chairman Frank Cebular suggested, would have been perfunctory.

They also approved requested waivers of items the township engineer said were customary for large tracts like that of the estate, but not appropriate for the single residence involved. The estate lies within the township’s R-1 residential zoning district, and also is part of Lower Pottsgrove’s Preservation Subdivision District Overlay.

Because the commission is an advisory board, the now-recommended plan must be approved for final acceptance during a coming township Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

Also Monday, board members accepted new planning commission review applications for projects being considered on White Pine Lane and Sanatoga Station Road. They are next scheduled to meet Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m., tentatively at Sunnybrook Ballroom on North Sunnybrook Road.

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