Jaindl land battle rages on

Author: , Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published: Oct 12 2011 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2011 11:17:57 PM EDT
LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -

The battle over a possible development in Lower Macungie Township has been going on for over a year.

Once again the public is speaking out regarding land owned by David Jaindl.

No decision was made Wednesday and members of the township zoning board say a decision should be made next month.

The Lower Macungie Township seal shows a church, a farm, a building and construction.

Most of the residents at the meeting said the construction part needs to stop.

"I don't see why there is a need at this time to expand on empty warehouses and empty condos and ruin good farmland," said Jerry Friedenheim, a South Whitehall resident whose family lives in Lower Macungie Township.

Attorneys for David Jaindl are asking the zoning board to dismiss an appeal by residents that don't want the developer to build on 600 acres of land.

Wednesday the public got a chance to voice their opinion on record.

"Large truck distribution centers that come with tractor trailer traffic cause pollution that plagues the environment and the valley," said Barbara Friedenheim, a lower Macungie resident.

Residents also voiced their concerns about flooding, lack of roads and how a judge recently declared to zoning ordinance invalid.

In the crowd sitting quietly was David Jaindl who faced attacks.

"How many cars can one drive, how many clothes can one wear," asked one woman in the crowd.

But Jaindl still said nothing.

So the battle will continue on November 1st. The board will hear arguments from the attorneys and then render a decision.