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Lower Macungie approves subdivisions at Weiner Farm

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - The Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners granted preliminary/final subdivision plan approval for the Weiner Farm project during Thursday night's meeting.

Termed as "one of the steps that need to happen" by President Ronald W. Beitler to acquire its open space status, the decision subdivides three lots into eight lots. Seven of those eight lots can’t be developed. In order to grant the approval, the board OK'd eight separate waivers.

The property, located on Sauerkraut Lane between Brookside and Macungie roads, encompasses 191 total acres. Following the subdivision, each of the individual lots range in size from 8.5 to 37 acres. Two of the eight parcels rest within the 500-year floodplain and will be added to Lower Macungie's greenway. The wooded parcel on the property, which is now on one parcel, could potentially be developed, according to the township. The remaining five parcels have been approved to be enrolled in Lehigh County's Farmland Preservation Program. In total, about 126 acres will be preserved as well as 35 acres of 500 floodplain and greenway.

Two of the lots – designated as lots six and seven – will be added to the township's greenway recreation system, according to Sara Pandl, Lower Macungie's director of planning. The parcels could provide a greenway link from the township's municipal property to the township-owned greenway at the Little Lehigh Creek. This would join both creek greenways and the attendant floodplains.

The property is largely in cultivated agriculture and features abandoned farms buildings. It also includes a "derelict house," according to township documents. Further, the part of the property closest to Wild Cherry Knoll has been left fallow and it now wooded.

Lower Macungie purchased the property on Oct. 4, 2018 for permanent farmland preservation for about $5 million. Its plan was to then sell the land to Lehigh County's Farmland Preservation Program.

Vice President Richard Ward was absent from Thursday night's meeting.

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