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Scheduled water park in Lower Towamensing Township given more time to submit land plan

Published September 15. 2010 05:00PM

A themed water park scheduled for construction in Lower Towamensing Township has been afforded more time.

The township's board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously agreed to grant Blue Mountain Waterpark L.P., a 90-day extension to submit their land development plan.

However, the effect of the motion is to essentially grant the extension until Oct. 29, because that's all the township has in writing from the company, according to township solicitor Jim Nanovic.

"They are not done with it," Nanovic said. "They have done some things on it, and they want to revise it and address some of the engineer's comments."

In a related matter, supervisors adopted a policy statement that requires developers

Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert suggested the policy statement be created in the event changes are made by developers. Under the terms of the agreement, the developers will have to notify the township's zoning officer and possibly the township engineer, Walbert said.

"I think it's protecting the township and helping the developers," Walbert said. "I think it's a home run as far as I'm concerned."

In July, the township's Zoning Hearing Board unanimously granted four variance requests to Blue Mountain Waterpark, L.P., to construct a recreational water park at the Blue Mountain Ski Area.

The Summer Splash water park will be located in a Resort and Recreation Zoning District, adjacent to the ski area on about 20 acres of the 58-acre parcel at 1660 Blue Mountain Drive.

In May, the Carbon County Planning Commission granted approval for the proposed land development for the water park to Barbara Green, owner of the ski area, who said Summit Splash would be an outdoor water splash park that would include rides themed after historic areas of the county, such as the Lehigh River, mining, railroads and the rich canal history.

The park will be built in phases, Green said, with the first phase being the water park, and, the second phase, hotels/time-share, and more rides, if the water park proves successful.

In other business, supervisors agreed to purchase a back up system for the township's computer system from Leztek.

As per the agreement, the township will be billed $30 a month.

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