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Proposed U-Haul facility reviewed in Lower Macungie

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - The Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission discussed a sketch plan on a proposed U-Haul facility during Tuesday night's meeting.

The facility, which would be known as the U-Haul of Lower Macungie-Trexlertown, would be located at 7785 Spring Creek Road.

The applicant, U-Haul of Lower Northeastern Pennsylvania, proposes to construct a three-story, 82,000 square-foot self-storage building, a smaller 5,000 square-foot storage building and a parking area for equipment sharing, visitors and employees on a 4.8 acre site.

An old farmhouse is currently on the location and the applicant intends to demolish it, according to U-Haul officials Tuesday night. The township's historic commission will render its recommendation on the matter.

The eastern portion of the property rests within the 100-year and 500-year flood plains. The property is located in the township's Semi-Rural Zoning District.

The larger building will contain about 700 multi-sized storage units ranging in size from 5 feet by 5 feet to 10 feet by 15 feet. The smaller storage building will contain about 200 units all in configurations of 40 square feet.

Township officials expressed their support for the plan.

"This is a low traffic generating plan," Sara Pandl, the township's planning director, said.

"This plan is the least traffic invasive," township engineer Alan Fornwalt said.

U-Haul will submit a land development plan for the planning commission's consideration at a future date.

In other news, a subdivision/preliminary plan on Mountain View Estates, formerly the Elbow Lane Subdivision, located at 2050 and 2062 Elbow Lane and 2200 Riverbend Road, was pulled from the evening's agenda by the applicant, Lehigh Valley Custom Built Homes, LLC. The applicant sought to consolidate three parcels to create a more than 13 acre parcel and then subdivide the property into 27 single family home sites.

Finally, planners received an update on a proposed 5G wireless antenna ordinance. After making changes to specific phrases and language, the proposed ordinance will be sent to the township's planning and zoning committee during the first week of June, and then to the board of commissioners at its June 20 meeting.

The Federal Communications Commission has fast-tracked and protected 5G uses nationwide to allow for the rollout of the new technology. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had begun to take similar motions, however, those efforts stalled. The rulings essential limit local municipalities' ability to regulate 5G apparatus within their own public rights-of-way.

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