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Buckingham supervisors consider 41-unit Route 413 residential project


Springfield-based developer The McKee Group is firming up details on its proposed 41-home project on 80 acres at Route 413, Lower Mountain Road and Creek Road in Buckingham Township.

At the board of supervisors Sept. 28 work session meeting, McKee representatives answered questions and updated Buckingham board members and residents on elements of the plan including plant buffers, on-site sewage treatment and stormwater management.

The development would be a mix of three different housing types, with 12 single-family detached dwellings, 17 townhomes and 12 twin homes. McKee Group Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kevin McLaughlin said the company has not yet decided on a name for the project and that price ranges on the various kinds of housing units have not been determined yet.

He and other McKee representatives said they will continue to work out details of the plan and hope to get preliminary land development approval from the supervisors sometime in November. They would seek final approval sometime next year and estimated that, if all approvals were granted, construction would not start for at least a year.

McKee also needs approvals/and or permits from several other agencies to proceed with the project. All access to and from the development would be from Route 413, McLaughlin noted.

The sewage treatment system would be all on site. Waste would be treated in a building and then, when the treatment process is mostly complete, pumped into a storage lagoon until it is safe to spray on nearby fields, McKee representatives explained.

“It’s the most environmentally friendly wastewater system you can have,” Supervisors Chairman Paul Calderaio said.

“Buckingham Township is a very desirable place to live and there is a shortage of housing,” McLaughlin added. “This project should be successful when it’s brought out.”

At the regular Sept. 28 meeting immediately following the work session, the supervisors granted minor subdivision approval for the Bucks County Airport Authority to split a 34-acre tract it owns into separate parcels of nine and 25 acres.

The BCAA would retain the 9-acre piece because it’s on the approach to the airport but would seek to sell the 25 acres, authority officials said. The subdivision approval came with the condition that the authority construct no buildings on the nine acres but only an access drive.