The Emmaus Planning Commission Thursday night took no new official action on the proposed Fields at Indian Creek, an age 55-plus senior housing development, but was informed by the builder the project will consist of five construction phases over the course of six years.
Developer Rick Koze, president of Kay Builders in Allentown, and three of his associates, presented the commission with the first official preliminary plans for the new development.
Fields at Indian Creek will contain 215 new condominium units, 35 of them officially located in Emmaus. The balance of the homes will have addresses in Upper Milford and Lower Macungie Townships.
Koze also presented a full-color site plan that includes homes, swimming pool, community clubhouse, walking paths, and nature trails on 45 acres of the land. The 15 remaining acres of the site will be used for a nine-hole public golf course.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe remarked, "Tonight's official unveiling of the preliminary plans to the commission is the first major legitimate step in the project."
He added the builder came to Emmaus as far back as December 2012 to introduce the idea of redeveloping the Indian Creek Golf Course to a senior housing site.
Pepe added, however, the plans presented Thursday will be reviewed by the Emmaus Borough Council for numerous months before receiving their final approval, making any construction start at least a year away.
"There are a lot of eyes all over this project," said Lou Rock of Lehigh Engineering representing Kay Builders.
According to Pepe, those entities involved on the project are the three municipalities--Emmaus, Upper Milford and Lower Macungie Townships on who's land the development will be built.
In addition, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) had to be contacted by Kay for approvals on issues such as storm water runoff clearance, flood plain approval, traffic patterns and congestion in and out of the development, and emergency travel access.
Also, environmental conservation guidelines and requirements from the Lehigh Valley Conservation District have to be satisfied.
This spring, borough council approved a change to its zoning ordinance adding an age-restricted overlay classification to various types of homes and their access to borough provided sewer and water.
The Kay Builders presentation to the planning commission Thursday begins the next step in gaining approval for an overly district on its Fields at Indian Creek development.