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CONTRIBUTED IMAGEA portion of the proposed Willow Brook development plan shows 153 single-family homes to be built off of Howertown Road in North Catasauqua. CONTRIBUTED IMAGEA portion of the proposed Willow Brook development plan shows 153 single-family homes to be built off of Howertown Road in North Catasauqua.

Plan gets preliminary approval

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

Willow Brook development to add 153 single-family homes to N. Catty

Representatives of the Fuller Family Trust and Land Trust Properties Inc. received preliminary conditional support from the North Catasauqua Planning Committee to proceed with residential development plans at the Willow Brook property along Howertown Road.

Robert J. Dwyer and his team presented revised plans for the 153-lot subdivision at the Aug. 22 planning committee meeting. The committee voted unanimously to support the land development application, which converts the current 18-hole golf course into a housing development and a nine-hole golf course and preserves the family homestead and horse farm. Additional development of the property is also planned for portions that are in Northampton Borough and Allen Township.

Earlier in the summer, borough Zoning Officer David Kutzor had presented the developers with a list of requests on behalf of the planning committee. Those requests ranged from ADA-accessible sidewalks to storm sewers to emergency vehicle access.

The Trust’s latest proposal and Dwyer’s explanation of the revisions satisfied the committee.

“I believe they are complying with everything that we are requiring, and they have applied for a variance with the zoning hearing board,” Kutzor said.

With the backing of planning committee Solicitor Robert Eyer, Kutzor recommended that Dwyer and the Trust submit their revised plans to North Catasauqua Borough Council at its Sept. 12 meeting. It is unlikely that an in-depth discussion on the property will occur at that time, but Kutzor said it is important to get these plans on the borough council’s radar.

One of the conditions of the preliminary conditional support that still needs to be accomplished is a traffic study on Howertown Road. Developers were not able to create a comprehensive study over the summer because school was not in session. The plan shows two streets exiting the neighborhood onto Howertown Road.

Dwyer said the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority is aware of the plans, although the development has no impact on the airport authority’s surrounding property.

Planning committee member Roger Scheirer said the Catasauqua Area School District is also aware of the development plans, and the district knows there may be an influx of students entering the school system in the future.

No residents attended the planning committee meeting.

“Our hope is that we can break ground on this project next spring,” Dwyer said.