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24 townhouses envisioned off Hilltown’s East Walnut Street


A developer is interested in constructing a 24-unit townhouse development in Hilltown.

Representatives for Heritage Properties appeared at the May 28 meeting of the township board of supervisors to discuss a sketch plan of the project.

The development is envisioned for what was characterized as a property off East Walnut Street near the subdivisions of Orchard Hill and Country Road.

The developable land, which is close to the border with Perkasie Borough, is currently home to a single-family dwelling, woods and scattered trees and brush, according to Erika Miller, an attorney representing Heritage Properties.

Miller told supervisors that the smallest of the townhouse units would be about 3,480 square feet. All the townhouse units would feature a small rear deck, a driveway capable of fitting two vehicles, and a garage that can accommodate two vehicles as well, Miller said.

Heritage Properties would look to create a street that extends out to Applewood Drive, which is in Heritage Orchard Hill townhouse development. Miller said onsite stormwater management infrastructure would be included with the development, helping to better handle runoff.

The proposed project is a “by-right” development — meaning it meets the parameters allowed within the zoning code, Miller said.

Supervisors didn’t raise any initial objections to the project. In response to township professionals, Miller indicated that Heritage would be amenable to a deed restriction that would, in effect, prevent garages in the townhouses from being converted into living spaces.

No residents spoke for or against the project.

The planned development has a ways to go before becoming reality. Heritage Properties will have to submit a formal development plan and obtain approval of that plan from supervisors, among other related steps, before it can think about beginning construction.

Discussions on the project/formal development plan would be held at public supervisors’ meetings, affording residents the opportunity to ask questions and comment. When those meetings might occur had not been established as of this writing.

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