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Newtown Township Toll Brothers subdivision ruling postponed

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The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to postpone a conditional use hearing for a proposed Toll Brothers residential development near Durham and Twinning Bridge roads.

After nixing a plan more than a year ago to build 171 luxury homes on 152 acres that adjoin the Municipal Complex and All Saints Cemetery, Toll has submitted a new application to erect just 41 homes on the parcel. The plan – which does not require a zoning amendment – includes a scheme to include an onsite wastewater treatment facility.

The Newtown Planning Commission will discuss the current proposal at its meeting on Feb. 4 and a public hearing will be held on the matter at the next public session of the supervisors slated for Feb. 12.

Newtown Township is in the middle of a search for a replacement for former board member Linda Bobrin, who resigned recently after winning election as the county’s register of wills.

Among the potentials are Angelic Acevedo, a voting member of the Newtown Human Relations Commission, Planning Commission member Mary Donaldson and T.J. Butler, a Republican who ran for a seat on the board in last November’s general election. An appointment was expected Jan. 29.

Newtown’s planning commission is supporting an application to build a 12,500-square-foot Old Navy store. The commission supports the developer’s request for variances in the application, which includes a request to build a 400-square-foot addition at Chick-Fil-A.

The application would also grant developers permission to reconfigure the drive-through lane of the fast-food restaurant.

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