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Fuller land project is scaled back

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton planners are told 11 homes are included in new Willow Brook proposal

An earlier projection by Fuller Family Trust to erect 67 homes on the Willow Brook Golf Course has been pared to 11 single-family dwellings on large 7,500-square-foot lots. The new plan went before Northampton Borough Planning Commission June 14.

This scaled-back plan, which would have access off Howertown Road, is part of a more ambitious project that calls for 164 homes to be built in adjoining North Catasauqua — proposed mainly as an active adult, 55-and-older community.

Regarding the reduced number of homes planned in Northampton, Robert J. Dwyer, representing Fuller Family Trust, said the inability to have Allen Township approve a land development plan has resulted in the change of plans.

Dwyer, as he did in March when he was at the planning commission with sketch plans for the housing in Northampton, stressed that Fuller Family Trust continues its pledge to have Willow Brook Farms keep its historic and rural character, preserving the farm and stables and leaving intact the homestead.

“This plan has not changed,” Dwyer said.

The public would be allowed access to the premises, he added.

Dwyer said Fuller Family Trust would like to see the Nor-Bath Trail run through a portion of the land in Northampton.

It was emphasized by Dwyer that Fuller Family Trust’s buffering and transitional development are at the heart of the plans, keeping its natural state from the nearby development off Willowbrook Road by FedEx Ground and Rockefeller Group.

The large trees on land proposed for development will remain on the site, the planning commission was told.

Dwyer said he is happy to give tours of the proposed project and discuss the plan with residents.

The Northampton Borough Planning Commission’s hearing for a vote on recommending the project will come later.

The plan also is being reviewed by the North Catasauqua Borough Planning Committee.