LEHIGH TWP., Pa. – The Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors advanced two separate requests Tuesday night to restructure zoning ordinances.
Both requests were made by developer David Jaindl and involve the Lehigh Valley Resort and Spa on the site of the former Mary Immaculate Center, located at 300 Cherryville Road.
The first request was about the project's first phase, which involves the resort's construction. The request was to cut in half the number of required parking spaces. The request came after the resort's proposed operator told Jaindl that it was twice as much as was needed. A total of 667 parking spaces would be required under the current code. Jaindl proposed Tuesday night to create 354 spaces.
"We just don't need this much parking," Jaindl told supervisors prior to their vote.
The board allowed the request to proceed to the planning commission by a 5-0 vote. As an advisory board, the planning commission has no legal authority to make such changes, hence, the matter would require the supervisors' approval. If approved and that amount of parking is not sufficient to meet customer demand, the township retains the authority within a time period to require Jaindl to construct additional parking.
The second request involved the project's second phase, which involves what Jaindl attorney Joseph Zator called "an integrated planned community."
"The existing ordinances don't work," Zator told supervisors. "… This is a vision that is new and special for the township and the Lehigh Valley."
The vote to send the matter to the planning commission was 3-2. Jaindl will be allowed to submit the text changes for the planning commission's approval or denial.