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Municipal Report: Commercial development proposed in East Earl


By Tory Lingg, For 21st Century Media

Monday, July 22, 2013

Plans have been submitted for a drive-through fast food restaurant and other commercial venues in the lot facing Blue Ball Commons townhomes along Route 23.
Several months ago, during a discussion between the developer and township officials, it was unclear what franchise would manage the business.
Nine new townhomes are planned to be built near the water tower in the area behind the bank along Route 23. There has been no action on a request to developer John Stoltzfus to provide emergency access to the development. There are also some other safety issues which the developer has not addressed. Funds will be set aside to place a traffic light at the intersection of Route 23 and Marble Avenue.
A 90 day extension has been granted to Petra Christian Fellowship on review of their land development plans.
During June Zoning Officer Shaun Seymour issued 20 permits with a construction value of $390,000. Fees of $2,840 were returned to East Earl for the permits. Seymour is keeping an eye on safety at Eby’s Boarding House and Trailer Park.
During June, the East Earl Police Department received 139 calls for service. Police Chief Kevin McCarthy said 13 traffic accidents were investigated and there were 18 criminal investigations. In Terre Hill there were 15 calls for service and five criminal investigations. There were 106 traffic citations issued and 10 individuals were arrested for crime codes violations.
Petitions have been recorded from Mary J. Sauder and Clarence and Alta Zimmerman to enter their farms into agricultural security zones. Inclusion in an agricultural security zone is required before a farmer can participate in other farm-related programs in Pennsylvania.
Two representatives from the Conestoga Ridge Scenic Byway Committee recently met with county officials, said Zimmerman. There is an effort underway to designate the scenic byway from Route 322 to Morgantown as a state byway.
The Zoning Hearing Board considered three issues in June. One was continued and two were approved. The new applications are for a L.E.D. message sign at the Blue Ball Fire Company and another for an accessory building.
Next summer, about 8.2 miles of Route 625 will be repaved as far as the Berks County line, said Zimmerman. Issues of concern, such as storm water runoff, should be brought to the attention of PennDOT officials before they start work.