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Hanover to meet with FedEx again

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick addressed the members of Hanover Council at their Nov. 5 meeting.

Fitzpatrick represents the Rockefeller Group who was selected by FedEx to develop 1 million square feet of warehouse space in Allen Township. The warehouse facilities are to be sited on property belonging to Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Allen approved the project in August, but Hanover has reservations about the impact it will have on the quality of life for local businesses and residences.

The majority of the traffic from the warehouse will pass through Hanover Township on its way to Route 22. Allen officials took steps to manage the impact on neighborhoods in their township but, according to Hanover, did not adequately address the impact the additional traffic would have in Hanover.

Hanover contends a completed traffic study does not fully reflect the impact traffic will have on township roads and on already crowded Route 22.

The Hanover council has expressed dismay that Allen officials did not address Hanover's concerns in its approvals.

Last month, the Hanover council passed a resolution that any road improvements be handled as a land development proposal. Earlier, the council had passed an ordinance that any proposal that added 500 or more vehicles on township roads would require a traffic study. These steps were taken before any plans were sent from the Rockefeller Group to Hanover Township for approval.

In his remarks before council, Fitzpatrick asked that council remove the land development requirement.

"We have done many of these projects before and road improvements are considered grading and improvement requests," he said. "The land development process will add complexity to the project."

The council, at an earlier meeting, had concluded the proposed changes to Race Street, Airport Road and Willowbrook Road were of such significance that they should be reviewed in detail using the procedures identified in the land development process.

On Oct. 6, Hanover Council called a special meeting of residents and business owners to assess the attitude of the township about the project. Representatives of the Rockefeller Group attended the session.

From input provided at that meeting, Hanover made its preliminary decision on how to handle the process.

Fitzpatrick asked for a private session with Hanover Township officials to work out a procedure.

"You identified 22 areas of concern early on in the process. We have agreed to resolve all but three of them," he said. "The Rockefeller Group and I want to continue to cooperate with the township so that we can get this project completed."