Township Zoning Board Considers Trailer Sales Use

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A proposal to create a sales office for utility, equipment, enclosed cargo, and other types of trailers on property at 223 Porter Rd. is scheduled as an agenda topic April 19 (2022; Tuesday) when the Lower Pottsgrove Zoning Hearing Board meets at 6 p.m. in the township municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. The hearing is free to attend and open to the public.

Applicant Arron Simpson, representing Silverline Trailers LLC, is leasing the 3.66-acre Porter Road site owned by a Norristown couple, according to a legal advertisement published on behalf of the zoning board. It’s within Lower Pottsgrove’s Interchange District and is already improved with an office building and plenty of lot space on which Simpson can show his company’s products, township manager Ed Wagner told the Board of Commissioners when it met last week.

New automobile sales and services, used car lots, and repair shops that accompany new automobile sales all qualify as acceptable uses within the district, Wagner explained. Because trailer sales are not specified as a permitted use within the district, Simpson must request a “one-time use” zoning variance to allow his proposal, Wagner added.

Wagner praised Simpson’s efforts to substantially clean the property. He’s removed piles of debris, including railroad ties remaining from work on nearby railroad tracks that parallel Sanatoga Station Road. The property also is just west of the currently closed entrance to the township’s Schuylkill River Park, 2116 Sanatoga Station Rd.

The zoning board said it will give all persons and parties interested in or affected by the proposal “full opportunity to present evidence and be heard” during its hearing.

The proposal was reviewed by township commissioners April 4 (Monday)to determine if they wanted to advocate for or against, or stay neutral and offer no opinion regarding it. Commissioners declined to make a recommendation and remained neutral.

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