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UPPER NAZARETH TWP., Pa. – A member of a citizens group opposed to warehouses proposed on Gun Club Road asked the township planning commission on Thursday night for its help in altering the planned development.

The developer, JVI LLC, wants to build two warehouses, one 870,000 square feet, the other 208,000 square feet, at 3367 Gun Club Road. JVI’s plan, dubbed Project Tadmor, was first presented last year, and no decisions have been made by any municipal body, including the planning commission. The land is in the township’s general industrial zoning district, which allows warehouses.

Site access for the facility is proposed by two full-movement driveways along Gun Club Road for passenger vehicles and one driveway along Gun Club Road for trucks. The proposed truck driveway would be converted to an all-way stop control and left turns for southbound travel on Gun Club Road would be prohibited.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission in April rejected the project, citing its impact on area roads.

Jeffrey Wack represented the Upper Nazareth Township Citizens’ Group, which includes about 10 core individuals. He made six requests to the commission.

– Restrict the weight limit on Gun Club Road to prohibit tractor-trailer traffic other than local deliveries.

– Ask the developer to downsize the project and seek access to the property from Daniels Road, to eliminate traffic concerns and show that the commission is concerned about protecting citizens of a residential area from industrial impact.

– Have the township zoning officer consider reversing the zoning designation of the property and make it a conditional use.

– Consult a private professional planner, to provide a second opinion of the zoning officer’s classification of the project.

– Have the zoning officer opine on whether downsizing of the project would resolve traffic impacts from the warehouse development.

– Have the planning commission incorporate the group’s suggestions and requests into the public record.

Wack said the group hopes to find common ground with the commission and the developer to reduce the scope of the project or eliminate it altogether. He said he’s tired of hearing that the project is allowed because zoning permits it.

Wack also noted that he’s not party to a lawsuit filed by some members of the citizens group who are suing the township to stop the development.

David Hannah of Gun Club Road also spoke at the meeting. He said the truck traffic generated by the warehouses would present a danger on the rural road and create maintenance issues.

With no other business on the agenda, the meeting, lasting under 30 minutes, was adjourned.

After the meeting, Commission Chairman Scott Sylvainus said the proposed development is still in its infancy, noting that the board has only seen informal plans. He said the developer has not yet submitted a preliminary plan or sought to be on the agenda for the commission’s November meeting. The submission deadline for that meeting is Oct. 24.

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