Douglass (Berks) Zoning Board approves application for 106 townhouses

Following three hearings and several hours of testimony, the application for a conditional use permit for a multi-family residential community within Douglass (Berks) township has been approved.

This approval is the first step towards the development of 106 townhomes known as Rosewood.

The total project would cover 27.66 acres. The units would be located on 17.7 acres in a rural-residential zone. Part of the land, 9.9 acres south of Quarry Road in a general-industrial zone, would be reserved for recreational use.

The application, presented by THP Investments, has been under consideration since August. Wendy F. McKenna, special counsel to the township, announced the rendering at the Jan. 23 zoning board hearing.

Supervisors Douglass Rhoads, Grant Yergey and Rosemarie Bauman voted for the application which passed with a vote of 2:1; Bauman casted the descending vote.

Among the requirements set forth by the zoning board, the applicant is to submit an environmental impact study report which is to include geological impacts in addition to a structural stability study.

Also, the agreement of sale for each unit is to include a disclosure regarding the residences close proximity to quarry.

Throughout this hearing process, both sides of the case, THP Investments and representatives of West Pottsgrove, have presented testimony regarding traffic impact, particularly regarding Constitution Avenue. Also, residents located within the proximity of the projected townhomes have expressed their concerns regarding traffic and safety.

Prior to this decision, the board held hearings on Aug. 29, Sept. 25 and Oct. 24 during which expert testimony as well as public testimony was presented. The board also conducted a site visit in September.

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