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Upper Makefield supervisors okay development plan


The idea for the development first hatched about 30 years. Now, it’s on track to actually be built.

On Feb. 4, the Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors approved a plan that calls for subdividing an approximately 10-acre property at 386 Brownsburg Road East into five lots.

Under the plan, each lot in what’s known as the Geopedior Subdivision would eventually feature a single-family home. The development would sit on a cul-de-sac.

The anticipated development is the final phase of a large-scale 11-phase development project that received approval back in 1994, according to professionals for the project. Discussions on the 11-phase undertaking began in 1991. That overall project included Brownsburg Estates and Jericho National Golf Club.

The final five-home phase received preliminary approval back in 1994.

Still, now that the developer is ready to build, the project needed final approval from township supervisors in order to come to fruition.

Township Solicitor Mary Eberle noted that current stormwater management requirements – which aim to control runoff – will have to be met.

Township Manager Dave Nyman said it’s unclear at this point what the timeframe for construction will be.

In other news, supervisors voted to award LandStudies Inc. with a $12,000 contract that will see the Lititz, Lancaster County-based firm prepare a preliminary design for a watershed restoration plan.

The undertaking is part of a multi-year effort Upper Makefield officials are engaged in to restore and better protect steams, wetlands and the riverside in the township that borders the Delaware River. A significant stream corridor study was also recently completed, Nyman noted.

“The goal is to reduce flooding and steam degradation,” he said.