Milford supervisors directed township solicitor Terry Clemons to draft an ordinance that would allow the developers of Milford Village to build higher-density housing in the current rural development zoning district along Route 663.The measure would create an overlay district, allowing for the development of Milford Village within certain guidelines that could include keeping 50 percent of the site open space and barring so-called nuisance businesses, such as adult bookstores.

According to sketch plans, the 200-acre Milford Village will consist of single-family homes, four-story apartment buildings, and a shopping center. The project will be located between Portzer and Mill Hill Roads, and plans call for Route 663 to be widened to five lanes.

Supervisor Chair Bob Mansfield said Clemons will draft an ordinance to be reviewed by the Bucks County Planning Commission, the Quakertown Area Planning Commission and the Milford Planning Commission. After planners review the proposed ordinance, a public hearing will be held.

The supervisors' announcement angered some residents who live near the proposed development. Blackledge Estate resident Mary Flack expressed concerns about the natural environment being scarred forever, while fellow resident Bob Martin remained skeptical that the residential units will always be age-restricted.

"Tell me why I should believe it in 20 years a family with three kids won't be living in those homes," said Martin, mindful of Quakertown Community School District's increasing student enrollment contributing to higher property taxes.

In other news, the supervisors curtailed development after approving the purchase of a 34-acre parcel of land along Trumbauersville Road for $285,000.

Brian Kline is a freelance writer for The Free Press. He can be reached at tfp@berksmontnews.com.

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