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Lower Macungie OKs Shepherd Hills subdivisions

LOWER MACUNGIE, Pa. - Three months ago Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners approved an agreement to ensure Shepherd Hills Golf Course would not be developed.

On Thursday night commissioners granted approval to two separate minor subdivisions to Robert Ashford from Rider-Shepherd LLC in two separate unanimous votes. The first vote approved a minor subdivision plan for three lots at 1078 S. Krocks Rd., Termed "Shepherd Hills Tract 4, lots one and two include the maintenance building and the vacant lot near the CVS drug store. The third lot was identified as the golf course lot.

The second resolution approved a minor subdivision for two lots, officially located at 1160 S. Krocks Rd. The Tract 6 first lot consists of the bar, restaurant and clubhouse facilities, The second lot consists of the golf course.

In other news Thursday night, commissioners instructed Solicitor Richard Somach to make legal recommendations to the zoning board to deal with residents who have said they are being subjected to noises at all hours of the night near the Whole Foods grocery store.

In a letter to the township, resident Connie Wagner asked Commissioner Ronald W. Beitler to "please explain to me why Whole Foods are allowed to have trucks deliver food at all hours of the night?"

"There are long nights that we cannot sleep. Our house vibrates for the tractor trailer running and we can't even open our windows due to the noise and smell from the trucks," Wagner said.

Wagner also spoke at the meeting, reiterating her claims that there are delivery trucks coming and going "at all hours of the night." She finally asked commissioners for their assistance.

"We need help," Wagner said.

The grocery store, located in the Hamilton Crossings development, was essentially unresponsive to requests about the noise issue, according to comments made by Director of Planning Sara Pandl.

Commissioner Brian Higgins said he was "concerned" about the apathy by the grocery store to deal with the issue. He said the grocery store presents an image of being a good commercial neighbor, but when there is an actual problem, he said their interest in addressing it was marginal.

Commissioner Ronald W. Beitler said commissioners should learn a lesson from this and they "need to do a better job" of memorializing stipulations when approving deals with companies.

Pandl told Wagner the township would consider to pursue compliance with the grocery store and could "go to (Whole Foods) corporate" to address the matter. However commissioners will consider Somach's recommendations at an upcoming meeting in June to potentially craft legislation to force the grocery store compliance.

In other business, commissioners approved a resolution to support Commonwealth of Pennsylvania legislative efforts to secure expeditious action to make a constitutional amendment that would assign the decennial task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission.

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