New Hanover supervisors granted final plan approval of a 12-lot subdivision in the southern end of the township on Monday.Heritage Homes Groups also received revised final approval after submitting a new grading plan for a 22.9-acre project on the Westwood/Maguire property.

The two planned residential developments are located on either side of Rhoads Road.

The 12-lot subdivision, which borders Lower Pottsgrove Township, will include single-family homes on a 10.07-acre lot. The developer will pay nearly $34,000 in impact fees.

For the Westwood/Maguire property, Heritage submitted a new plan with more contoured spaces and raised streets. The previous proposal was plagued with too much remaining dirt and poorly grated backyards.

Township Engineer Doug Brown said Heritage must resubmit its final plan for approval.

The supervisors also granted preliminary approval of the Halteman Office Center, a proposed 9,600-square-foot building on Swamp Pike.

The supervisors approved a revised preliminary plan with a variance that reduces the size of the buffer. The developer has also agreed to install a storm water basin on the property.

A 10-lot property, called the Sterling Tract, received township approval to submit its planning module to the state's Department of Environmental Protection.

In other news

The board approved a fouryear contract to New Hanover Police Chief Michael Dykie.

An ordinance allowing Verizon Communications, Inc. to sell cable television services in the township passed. The service should be available by next year.

"This should bring competition township," to the Supervisors Chairman Martin Dyas said. "That's good for the residents."

A blasting ordinance was approved. Anyone wishing to mine must acquire a permit, which covers one year, and show proof of insurance. A temporary two-week permit will also be available.

Township manager Ed Wagner said seven suggestions from the "Ban the Quarry" group were incorporated in the ordinance.

Brown also indicated that the plans to repair a small bridge on New Hanover Square Road, prepared by McMahon and Associates, will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for final approval. The engineer expects construction, which includes a four-inch expansion and realignment, to begin next spring.

Contact reporter Bradley Schlegel at 610-367-6041, ext. 240 or bschlegel@berksmontnews.com.

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