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Upper Makefield blesses “Kaniewski Ranch” plan


Voytek Kaniewski had a vision to create a kind of family ranch where he and his adult children could live, all in their own houses.

It appears he’ll have the opportunity to bring the vision to fruition.

At a public meeting on Feb. 6, the Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors granted preliminary and final approval to Kaniewski’s development plan, which calls for subdividing a roughly 36-acre property on the 2900 block of Windy Bush Road into lots upon which six homes can be built.

Attorney Ed Murphy, who represented Kaniewski, noted that local rules would have allowed for up to 11 building lots by right. Instead, the plan is to go with six lots and conserve 16 acres on the property, a portion of land that includes a wooded area, hayfield and stream.

A point of concern for supervisors was that on one of the lots, Kaniewski was interested in building what was initially described as a “clubhouse.” Supervisors questioned if it would be a recreational or athletic facility, and worried how that might be put to use, both now and in future generations when properties change hands.

Both Murphy and Kaniewski were emphatic that the “clubhouse” would not be a recreation facility or used for public events, but rather a place where the family could meet for birthday and holiday celebrations, where grandchildren could come to play and do homework together — things like that.

“This would purely be for family functions,” said Murphy, who added the structure would essentially be another dwelling. Kaniewski indicated there could come a day when a grandchild may buy/move into the structure.

Supervisors ultimately approved the plan with the stipulation that the structure would not be a recreational facility — that it would effectively be another home. The overall plan approval was subject to various conditions, including that an agreed upon number of trees be planted on the property.

Kaniewski is co-founded Bristol-based OKNA Windows & Doors.

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