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Two Carbon land plans conditionally rejected

Published October 19. 2011 05:02PM

Two Carbon County land plans received a red light from county planners on Tuesday.

During the monthly meeting of the county planning commission, the board discussed plans for the development of a medical campus in Mahoning Township; and a lot line revision at Mountain Laurel Golf Course.

Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, outlined his findings of both properties before recommending the commission recommend conditional plan rejection of both projects until problems could be addressed and adequately mitigated. The board voted unanimously in favor of Meixell's recommendations.

In the Mahoning Township medical campus plan, submitted by J.G. Petrucci Company Inc. of Bethlehem, Meixell said there were multiple areas in the plan that need to be addressed before the project can move forward.

The project for Coordinated Health's medical campus would be located along the north side of Route 443, just west of Frederick's Grove Road, and would be constructed in two phases. It would include doctors offices, a short-term surgery facility, and other medical branches.

Coordinated Health specializes in orthopedics and currently has offices across the Lehigh Valley and in Lehighton.

In August, Thomas J. Shaughnessy of J.G. Petrucci Company; and attorney Lisa A. Pereira of Broughal and Devito LLP of Bethlehem, approached the board about the plan and about Mahoning Township's proposed zoning ordinance change in building heights. The change would have adversely affected the plan.

The pair asked that the commission send a letter asking officials to take under advisement the various projects that are planned in the area that would be affected if the height requirements were lowered.

In the Mountain Laurel plan, submitted by the owners of Mountain Laurel Golf Course, located in East Side Borough, the proposal asks to take a 1.968-acre lot owned by the Pennsylvania State Game Commission and add it to the 140.451 acres of golf course.

Meixell said that the plans do not show that the state Game Commission is on board with this proposed subdivision/lot line revision.

He added that there are also a number of areas that need to be addressed before the plan can move forward.

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