March 30, 2020: Rock Lehigh Valley Curative Amendment Hearing
NOTICE is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the Board of Supervisors of East Allen Township on Monday, March 30, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., at the Allen Township Fire Company #1, located at 3530 Howertown Road, Northampton, PA 18067.
The public hearing is to commence consideration of a landowner curative amendment. The Petitioner, Rock Lehigh Valley, LLC (“Rock”) alleges that the East Allen Township Zoning Ordinance (the “Zoning Ordinance”) is substantively invalid. In challenging the substantive validity of the Zoning Ordinance, Rock petitions the Board for a public hearing and requests adoption of a curative amendment pursuant to Sections 609.1 and 916.1 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code on the grounds that the Zoning Ordinance impermissibly excludes the use of a “Logistics Center” in an arbitrary and irrational manner, thereby preventing the reasonable use of land and making the Zoning Ordinance invalid. Alternatively, to the extent the use proposed by Rock is determined to be a warehouse, Rock’s grounds for the curative amendment are that the Zoning Ordinance does not provide for sufficient lands for development of warehouses and is unduly restrictive.
In order to cure the alleged substantive invalidity of the Zoning Ordinance, Rock seeks the adoption of a curative amendment which is entitled, verbatim, as follows:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 250 (ZONING) OF THE EAST ALLEN TOWNSHIP CODIFIED ORDINANCES TO AMEND THE TOWNSHIP ZONING MAP TO REZONE NORTHAMPTON COUNTY UNIFORM PARCEL IDENTIFIER NUMBER M5-2-4 AND PORTIONS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY UNIFORM PARCEL IDENTIFIER NUMBERS M5-2-16 AND M5-2-5 FROM AGRICULTURAL (AG) TO LIGHT INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS PARK (LI/BP); TO DEFINE AND PROVIDE FOR A LOGISTICS CENTER USE BY RIGHT IN THE LIGHT INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS PARK (LI/BP) DISTRICT; TO PROVIDE FOR THE MAXIMUM BUILDING HEIGHT FOR A LOGISTICS CENTER; AND TO PROVIDE FOR A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE, A REPEALER CLAUSE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Rock is the equitable owner of approximately 155.03 acres of land owned by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. The land is located in the Township and consists of all of Northampton County Tax Parcel Number M5-2-4 and portions of Northampton County Tax Parcel Numbers M5-2-16 and M5-2-5. The land is currently located in the Township’s Agricultural (AG) zoning district.
Rock’s complaint and petition and proposed curative amendment, including the request for relief, as well as plans and explanatory material are available for public inspection at the East Allen Township Municipal Building, 5344 Nor-Bath Boulevard, Northampton, PA 18067, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Brent M. Green
East Allen Township
The Township Yard Waste Facility is located at 6701 Weaversville Road, Northampton, PA 18067. Drop off Winter Hours are Tuesday's and Thursday's 8:00am - 3:00pm and Saturday's 8:00am - Noon. You must show your Permit ID to utilize the facility. If you do not already have an ID, one can be purchased for the calendar year at the East Allen Township Office. The fee is $25.00. Residents must drop items in designated areas ONLY or by direction of the attendant. No commercial vehicles are permitted for pickup or drop off by residents. Grass, leaves, brush and small diameter branches are permitted. No large diameter branches or stumps will be accepted.
*The hours are weather permitting. Due to the discretion of the Director of Operations, the facility can be closed at any time and even though the hours listed are the regular hours, anyone who might want to take items for drop off or pick up should call before doing so, to avoid an unnecessary trip. FRCA - 610-262-1000.
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