A controversial land development plan that lead to a zoning law challenge going all the way to the state Supreme Court has finally come to an official end.
Wednesday a judge approved the agreement reached by developer David Jaindl, the appellants and Lower Macungie Township for the development of Spring Creek Properties.
Jaindl proposed to build warehouses, homes and a shopping center on the 700 acre piece of land.
Some township residents filed a lawsuit to fight Lower Macungie's Zoning Law change. The law change allowed the Township to approve the subdivision plan. The fight went all the way to the state Supreme Court. The Court ruled it was unlawful rezoning and Jaindl could not develop his land until the case was resolved.
Following the Supreme Court's decision, Jaindl, the appellants, reached a deal where Jaindl's development plan was scaled back from its original design.
The new plan reduces the number of proposed homes, from 900 to 400, and the amount of commercial development. It also includes more park land and open space. Two acres will be set aside for a future township fire station. You'll see more berms and vegetative screening separating roads and existing homes from new industrial development, and turning an extension of Sauerkraut Lane into a private road that will serve proposed warehouses and distribution centers – as will rail lines.
The Township approved the plan in early April.