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Schuylkill planners unhappy with developer

Published September 20. 2013 05:00PM

The Schuylkill County Planning Commission expressed "frustration" over the manner that Eagle Rock Resorts Company, the biggest land developer in the county, presented a land development plan. The commission charged that the developer showed "blatant disregard of SALDO (Schuylkill County Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.

However, by a seven to one vote, the commission gave approval to the plan for Lot AW-1R, located in Eagle Rock Resorts in North Union Township which its intended use is for recreational with existing municipal sewage and public water. The commission included a warning that the developer must follow the land use ordinance. The letter prepared by Attorney Glenn T. Roth, Jr., assistant county solicitor, was as follows:

"While the plan was approved the commission members requested that I write a letter to Eagle Rock expressing their frustration with the fact that Eagle Rock built all of the improvements depicted in the plan prior to obtaining the requisite approvals from the commission. Section 133 of the SALDO provides that any action that is consistent with the SALDO is subject to civil action seeking a cease and desist order as well as a fine of $500 plus costs and reasonable attorney fees. While the commission elected to approve the plan and forego remedies available to its pursuant to the SALDO, the commission felt compelled to inform you that further blatant disregard of SALDO will not be tolerated."

Review Local Plans

The board reviewed subdivision plans submitted to local planning commissions and returned the plans with comments. The three area subdivision plans reviewed were as follows:

• Coaldale Borough Council to subdivide 4.227 acres into two lots, Lot One will be 1.829 acres and Lot Two will be 2.398 acres located on East Water Street and both are vacant. The board's comments were the tax parcel number must be certified by the county's assessment bureau prior to having it recorded in the Recorder of Deeds office; also, the zoning district must be added and since the traces faces Route 209 (East Water Street) a highway occupancy permit must be obtained from PennDOT prior to any new construction.

• The subdivision plan of 322 South Hancock Street, L.P. in Kline Township which seeks a two lot subdivision of 7.333 acres with Lot One containing 1.240 acres to be subdivided for commercial use and Lot 2 containing 6.093 acres to remain undeveloped. The land is vacant and fronts Hancock Street. The board's comments were that the tax parcel number must be certified by the assessment bureau before recorded in the Recorder of Deeds Office; since a public sewer and water systems are proposed it is recommended the supervisors receive a letter from the governing sewer and water authority.

• The subdivision plan of Randy and Susan Kupres seek to convey a lot containing 2.192 acres for construction of a single family home at 587 Birch Crossing Road in West Penn Township, with the residue of the tract containing 27.275 acres to be retained by the current owner. The board's comments were the tract must first be certified by the assessment bureau before being recorded, since an on-lot sewage system is proposed a sewer planning module must be approved and an on-lot water supply is proposed it must comply with Department of Environmental Protection regulations.

Approve Amendment

The board reviewed the proposed amendment to the East Union Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance and found it was consistent with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and recommended the township supervisors approve it. The amended deals with Section 203 pertaining to subdivision of land.

The board also noted it had received notice from East Brunswick Township that it was applying for a general permit for replacement of water obstruction at Wild Turkey Bridge Number 2.

The board granted a 90 day extension to its December meet for Alfred J. Matuk to complete his subdivision plan to subdivide 15.83 acres in Union Township for a single family home. County Engineer Lisa Mahall recommends an Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan must be submitted to the Schuylkill County Conservation District for approval because the plan appears to have a limit of disturbance greater than 5,000 square feet.

Also an NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit must be submitted to the Schuylkill Conservation District.

Two plans received final approval. The plan of Darrin M. and Crystal A. Wiley, Girardville, to annex a parcel containing 0.3099 of an acre to an adjoining parcel and the plan of Frank A. and Carol A. Kasper, Porter Township, to create separate lots from a 1.14 acre tract for existing buildings and a parking lot.

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