- Speed Limits To Be Reduced on N Sycamore St and Newtown-Yardley Rd
- Newtown Sewer Authority Raises Rates by 20%
- Kushner RE Wants to Amend JMZO to Allow Luxury Apartments
- A “Major” Historic Resource Re-Discovered!
As discussed at the January 23, 2023, Meet Mack Monday Zoom meeting, Newtown Twp traffic engineers (Remington-Vernick Engineering, aka RVE) presented plans to supervisors to lower the speed limit to 25 MPH on a stretch of Newtown-Yardley Rd – from Lower Dolington Rd to Elm St (at the boro border) – and North Sycamore Street – from Swamp Rd to Durham Rd.
According to email correspondence from RVE, the engineers have prepared plans showing the new signs that are needed, as well as signs to be removed and/or replaced.
The decision to reduce the speed limit on Newtown-Yardley Rd will be made at the January 25, 2023, BOS meeting.
For North Sycamore Street, the township will have to first advertise an ordinance for the speed reduction as it did for Newtown-Yardley Rd. Following the advertisement and passing of the ordinance, the Sycamore Street signage plan can be implemented.
At the January 10, 2023, Newtown Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority (NBCJMA) Board meeting, Mr. Warren Gormley - Authority Manager - responding to an inquiry from Newtown Supervisor John Mack, said that the Authority is raising rates by 20% from $68 per quarter for 10,000 gallons usage to $82 per quarter. Excess over 10,000 gallons is now $12 per 1,000 gallons per unit versus $10 previously.
Some people have already received invoices with the rate increase.
The increase was implemented in anticipation of increased rates that the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA) charges NBCJMA for "conveyance fees." These fees are for conveying Newtown’s sanitary sewer waste water to treatment plants in Philadelphia.
Mr. Gormley indicated that he will attend the January 11. 2023, Newtown Supervisors meeting to make a statement about the increase and answer questions.
On December 20, 2022, the Newtown Planning Commission reviewed a sketch plan submitted by Kushner Real Estate (KRE) to construct a multi-story residential building containing 225 luxury apartments on a 17.87-acre parcel. Access to the site is proposed via two, two-way driveways along the Bypass and Silver Lake Road.
At the outset of the meeting Edward F. Murphy, Esq (Wisler Pearlstine, LLP), representing KRE, claimed that the proposed use was NOT an allowed use currently anywhere in the JMZO.
At the end of the meeting it was revealed that rather than go before the ZHB to obtain variances to the OR zoning (as mentioned above), KRE would prefer that the Jointure amend the JMZO to include the use that KRE is proposing. More...
On December 14, 2022, Craig Deutsch and Bill Mahler – members of the Newtown Joint Historic Commission (JHC) – visited the property off of Twining Bridge Road that Toll Brothers agreed to donate to the township as part of a settlement agreement to build 45 homes nearby. The goal was to examine the old farmhouse and springhouse on the property to determine if the site qualified as an “historic resource” according to JHC standards.
“Understanding the Buck county Comp plan is working on ‘identifying’ Historic Resources... Well we just discovered a major one. :),” said Mr. Deutsch. More...