‘Zern tract’ pro­posal gets board’s OK

Town­home project takes the next step

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

DOUGLASS (MONT.) >> Town­ship su­per­vi­sors unan­i­mously granted pre­lim­i­nary land de­vel­op­ment ap­proval, and sev­eral waivers, to a long-con­sider project that will site 240 town­homes on 285 acres in Gil­bertsville.

Known as “the Zern tract,” the Danny Jake Corp. has been propos­ing a de­vel­op­ment of one kind or an­other on the 285 acres be­tween Jack­son Road and Route 100 for years.

At the Jan. 17 meet­ing, the su­per­vi­sors in­structed Town­ship So­lic­i­tor Robert Brant to pre­pare a com­pre­hen­sive res­o­lu­tion for the ap­proval.

In ad­di­tion to the reg­u­lar set of fees and ap­provals, the de-

velop­ers will also be pro­vid­ing $345,043 in traf­fic im­pact fees as part of the town­ship’s Act 209 sys­tem, which levies fees based on ex­pected ve­hi­cle traf­fic.

Also in that arena, the res­o­lu­tion notes that Danny Jake Corp. will also be mak­ing a vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tion of $170,400 to­ward the con­struc­tion of Mar­ket Street, Brant told the su­per­vi­sors.

Mar­ket Street does not yet ex­ist, but has been on the books for years.

It is en­vi­sioned to be built be­tween Jack­son Road and Route 100 and to in­ter­sec­tion with East Philadel­phia Av­enue be­tween the Gil­bertsville Shop­ping Cen­ter and Merkel’s Shoes.

In all like­li­hood, it will be some years be­fore that road is built.

In the mean­time, ac­cess to the Zern tract will be off two in­roads con­nected to Jack­son Street, al­though Ha­gadorn said a tem­po­rary road my be con­nected to East Philadel­phia Av­enue for use by emer­gency ve­hi­cles only un­til Mar­ket Street is con­structed.

Be­cause of the de­vel­op­ment’s lo­ca­tion, the de­vel­op­ers can seek pub­lic wa­ter from ei­ther Aqua Penn­syl­va­nia or the Boyertown mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sup­ply.

Ar­range­ments must also be fi­nal­ized with the Berk­sMont­gomery Mu­nic­i­pal Au­thor­ity for sewage dis­posal.

The project will also re­quire per­mits from Pen­nDOT and a stream dis­charge per­mit for the ad­di­tional stormwa­ter gen­er­ated by the build­ings and park­ing ser­vices.

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