The township engineer indicated one major issue that took longer to resolve was that Jaindl wasn’t sure he needed the public section of Sauerkraut Lane between Spring Creek Road and Route 100, once he realized how much traffic would be reduced.

Erdman said Lower Macungie officials consider extending Sauerkraut from Route 100 to Spring Creek a major benefit to the township. The developer will be paying most of the cost to build that public section of the road. It will be built in segments and may not be completed until late 2021, said Erdman.

While Jaindl will be paying for almost all the road improvements, the township plans to spend $400,000 for roadwork at the point where existing Quarry Road will turn south from the new Sauerkraut Lane, just east of the railroad tracks. Half that money came from another developer, explained Erdman.

Township planning director Sara Pandl said Jaindl intends to convey a total of 75 acres to the township for park land near Alburtis – the 61.5 acres in the subdivision plus another 13.5 acres he owns within the borough of Alburtis.

Pandl told commissioners Jaindl also has agreed that another 162 acres outside the confines of the subdivision will be protected from development. She said 101 of those acres are in Lower Macungie and 61 acres are in neighboring Longswamp Township, Berks County.

LAWSUIT DROPPED

The township has been reviewing plans for the Spring Creek subdivision since 2010. At one point, the developer threatened to turn the property into a quarry operation if the subdivision was not approved.

Commissioners approved an earlier version of the subdivision in May 2012, despite their meeting room being packed with a standing-room-only crowd of angry people opposing it.

That approval led to a lawsuit against the township. Six Lower Macungie residents threatened to appeal the township’s zoning change that led to approval of Jaindl’s subdivision all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Jaindl revised his plan to reduce the intensity of development in the subdivision and the amount of traffic it would generate. He also increased the amount of park land.
Earlier this year, a settlement was reached and the lawsuit was dropped, leading to Thursday night’s approval of Jaindl’s revised plan by township commissioners.