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Carbon planners review two Palmerton proposals

Published September 19. 2013 05:00PM

Two Palmerton land development plans have issues that need to be addressed, the Carbon County Planning Commission stated Tuesday.

During the commission's monthly meeting, the members voted to recommend conditional plan rejection for Pencor Services multi-tenant plaza at 524 Delaware Ave.; as well as the plans by Joseph J. and Debra K. Bennett, that call for renovating the former Bennett Palmerton dealership property into a medical office for Blue Mountain Health System and a Dunkin' Donuts shop.

Commission members Robert Miller and George Karas abstained from voting on the Pencor plan as they are both employed by the company.

Prior to the two votes, Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, outlined his findings.

In the Pencor plan, which calls for dividing an existing west side office space for two retail shops, Meixell said it lacks minor final plan requirements of the Palmerton Borough Land Development Ordinance.

Areas that need to be addressed, he stated, were the owner certification was not signed and notarized and the existing retail space has been expanded with the plan submission, but a previously recorded plan shows the same amount of square-footage. Discrepancies between the plan's square-footage calculations should be resolved.

In the Bennett family plan, Meixell outlined 21 items in the proposal that are in non-compliance of the borough's subdivision and land development ordinance; as well as six areas that are not compliant with the zoning ordinance.

Meixell said that the comments the commission is providing, as well as its recommendations, will be forwarded to Palmerton Borough, who has the final say.

In addition to the two rejections, the commission recommended final approval for a lot line revision at 14 Alpine Lane, Birchwood Section 4, Jim Thorpe. The property is owned by Luther and Lynn Snyder.

In the proposal, the plan calls for combining two lots into a 1.19-acre plot.

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