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Northampton Borough approves Willow Brook Farm development

Eleven homes would be built in the borough

NORTHAMPTON, Pa. - Northampton Borough Council at its Thursday meeting unanimously gave its conditional final approval to Willow Brook Farm Trust for building 11 single homes on a property at the 200 block of Howertown Road. 

Conditions include paying all related fees, including a $600 per unit recreation fee, and providing traffic counts. The developer would be required to inform the borough if any traffic improvements are required and if so carry out those improvements.

The approval was also conditioned on lot owners contributing to the cost of the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Fourth Street and Howertown Road, should one be required as a result of increased traffic.

A recent traffic study at the intersection had estimated that traffic would increase as a result of the project. The present number of vehicles on that intersection in the morning is more than 900 vehicles, which could increase to 1,040 vehicles. Traffic during evening hours could increase from the current 1,098 vehicles to 1,268 vehicles.

A homeowners association, once one is chosen for the property, would be responsible for any sewer repairs associated with the project.

Bob Dwyer, a consultant for the project, said that he would need to obtain a permit from the state, a process that could take a few months.

A majority of Willow Brook’s development would be in North Catasauqua Borough, with some of it in Allen Township.

Of the 163 lots the Trust is planning to build, 11 would be in Northampton, with the remaining 152 homes being built in North Catasauqua.

The North Catasauqua Planning Commission recently approved the project. The borough council will decide whether to approve the project at its next meeting.

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