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Upper Milford to resume Indian Creek building permits

Township says developer missed a host of deadlines

U. MILFORD TWP., Pa. - Amid complaints from frustrated audience members in a packed meeting room, Upper Milford Supervisors approved an agreement with the developer of the Fields at Indian Creek allowing for the township to resume issuing new building and occupancy permits.

The board passed the measure by a 2-1 vote with Supervisor Robert Sentner voting "no."

The township had recently halted issuing any more permits after developer Kay Builders had missed recent deadlines to complete work on an emergency access road on Chestnut Street and a pedestrian bridge in the area, among other projects.

Township Solicitor Marc Fisher said that the developer had previously agreed to two resolutions requiring them to complete the various projects, the first passed in 2016 and the second approved in March 2017.

Fisher said the deadline for completion of the access road, which was set by the developer, was Aug. 2. An Aug. 30 extension deadline was also missed. The developer's missed deadlines was the reason the township had stopped issuing any new building and occupancy permits.

Fisher said that the developer was "not responsive” when the township engineer had repeatedly pressed for the access road to be completed.

The agreement allows for the township to resume issuing the permits provided the developer completes the pedestrian bridge by May 1, 2018, and completes a community center by May 1, 2019, according to the solicitor.

Many audience members voiced frustrations and complaints about not being able to obtain a permit or problems with the Fields at Indian Creek in general. Some said the lack of a community or recreation center means there's no where to receive mail.

One resident said that community members must go to the Emmaus Post Office to pick up their mail, resulting in long lines.

The board passed the motion with misgivings as Supervisor Daniel Mohr “reluctantly” seconded the motion before it came up for a vote. Supervisor George DeVault said the issue “leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.”

Sentner, who voted no, encouraged audience members to “stick together” and attend planning commission meetings, where the next phases of the projects will be discussed.

No representative of the Fields at Indian Creek spoke at the meeting.

In Lower Macungie Township Thursday, the developer opposed conditions set by commissioners tied to a proposed lot line adjustment.

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