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Solebury Township wants input on Route 202 corridor upgrades


Solebury Township wants input on how to develop its Route 202 corridor stretching from Logan Square to Upper Mountain Road.

It is asking for suggestions from residents, commuters, homeowner associations, commercial managers, and property owners inside and outside the township, Supervisor Robert McEwan said at the Tuesday meeting of the board of supervisors.

Solebury will also ask for input from neighboring New Hope and Buckingham.

The township has commissioned its engineers, McMahon Associates, to study traffic patterns and other issues along the route and to make recommendations. It is also seeking recommendations from an urban planning firm for physical changes along the corridor, McEwan said.

He said suggestions should be emailed to Dennis Carney, township manager, or to any member of the board of supervisors.

“While balancing the rights of individual property owners with the good of the community as a whole,” he said the township aims to “manage growth to promote sustainability of our natural resources, preserve our land and protect and revere our historic heritage.”

In other matters, the board heard from David Johnson, executive director of the Land Trust of Bucks County, who discussed the group’s 2018 projects and plans for 2019.

He said the group’s property easements in Solebury from 2001 through 2017 totaled $629,860.

Johnson said LTBC volunteers and Heritage Conservancy staff monitor the properties. Sometimes drones are also used, he said.

At the invitation of Supervisor Kevin Morrissey he agreed to address the township’s Farm Committee on the use of drones.

The board also:

– Hiked its 2019 block grant to qualifying firefighters from $200 to $500.

– Sought bids for paving Sugan Road from Meetinghouse Road to Kitchens Lane, Shetland Road, Sheffield Road and High Ridge Road.

– Sought bids to pave the township parking lot.

– Agreed to hold a public forum sometime in June on recycling. A public forum on land preservation is set for 6 p.m. March 12.

The letter says the tree ropes course is a low-impact, ideal fit for the intention of the resource protection zoning. While there will be “specifically targeted tree removal,” Tree Course Adventures intends to largely maintain the natural features of the property.

“The woodland contains mature trees that are well-suited for the purpose of the proposed (tree ropes course) and will be maintained and preserved through this use,” McGowan said.

A gravel parking lot would accommodate patrons. A setback of at least 75 feet from other property lines will be observed, McGowan said. No subdivision or residential development is proposed.

As of this writing, a hearing on the variance request was not yet scheduled, according to Township Manager Marianne Morano.

According to its website (, Tree Course Adventures specializes in aerial ropes adventure course site development, course construction, operating and managing aerial ropes adventure parks, zip lines, ropes park consultation, and more.

The company says it has experience owning and operating Pocono TreeVentures, Pocono Zip Racer, Pocono Zip Quest, Pocono Kid Ventures, and Gorilla Grove Aerial Adventure Park at Kalahari Resorts.