A multi-lot subdivision plan in Towamensing received the green light as long as additional conditions are met.

During the monthly meeting of the Carbon County Planning Commission, the board voted to give Richard Morrissey, owner of The Shire at Emerald Hills, conditional plan approval for his proposed subdivision, located on Koch Road in Towamensing Township. The property abuts the Carbon/Monroe County boundary line. Plans call for subdividing 33.6377 acres into 20 lots.

Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, explained that there have been some problems with the subdivision in the past, including access agreements, but the company has been working to rectify the issues. Morrissey still needs to obtain a soil and erosion control plan and an access easement that would put in Morrissey Circle..

Meixell noted that his recommendation was based on comments received from Carbon Engineering Inc., the township's engineers, which "listed plan and design deficiencies from the requirements of the Towamensing Township Land Development Ordinances."

He then recommended the commission give conditional plan approval "provided that all comments from the township engineer are addressed and adequately mitigated."

The commission also gave plan approval to Marvin J. and Christine Grace Barry for their proposed subdivision at 2718 Fairyland Road, near Grange Road in Franklin Township. The plans call for subdividing 82.46 acres into two lots.

In other matters, Meixell also commented on Nesquehoning borough's proposed amendment to the ordinance on wind turbine generators.

He said that the ordinance, as presented is in non-compliance with the existing zoning ordinance of the borough for various reasons, including excluding stand-alone wind mills and the process for approval of the turbines.

Meixell recommended that Nesquehoning amend the ordinance and make it part of the zoning ordinance.