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Jaindl starts filling in details of Plan B

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Developer David Jaindl began formally filling in a few details of an alternative to his controversial mixed-use plan for 700 acres he owns in Lehigh County.

Jaindl and two of his representatives made a presentation to the Lower Macungie Township planning commission Tuesday night for the industrial portion of his so-called Plan B for Spring Creek Properties.

The planners spent about an hour listening and asking questions about recreational space, roadways and traffic and then tabled the matter for further discussion at their meeting in September.

Jaindl said during and after the presentation,"This shows we are committed" to the "self-imposed limits" that were the basis of a settlement reached earlier this year by Jaindl, township officials and residents after two-and-a-half years of legal wrangling.

Jaindl said he shifted some acreage from commercial to industrial use, so that now there are 16 instead of 14 lots for that purpose.

He also said he enlarged the area for recreation and open space by nine-and-a-half acres.

And he assured the planners that Sauerkraut Road would be extended to Route 100 when traffic increases during peak hours by 2,031 trips. "We're not going to be tinkering with that," Jaindl said.

Jaindl added that he had no doubt that that number would be reached once the commercial part of his plan is fully developed, but said developing the industrial part of the plan would likely not be enough to generate that much extra traffic.

Plan B calls for 112 acres to be used for 400 residential units. Jaindl originally proposed 900 units.

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