Catasauqua Press

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Council, planners OK Willow Brook project

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

152 homes will be built in N. Catty; golf course will reduce to nine holes

Representatives from the Fuller Family Trust have received conditional final approval from North Catasauqua’s borough council and planning commission for the proposed Willow Brook Farm subdivision development.

At the Jan. 31 planning committee meeting, borough Engineer Dave Kutzor reviewed his final recommendations with planning committee members Joe Keglovits and Dan Snyder. Robert Dwyer, representing the Fuller family, was on hand to address any questions and potential conditions.

Keglovits and Snyder voted to recommend approval on the Willow Brook Farm proposed land development and subdivision plans, with 152 residential lots planned for North Catasauqua.

At the Feb. 5 borough council meeting, Kutzor laid out the same conditions for members of council. After a brief discussion, motions for the land development and subdivision plans were passed unanimously.

Developers have now received conditional final approval from Northampton and North Catasauqua boroughs, with Allen Township said to be applying resistance. Dwyer is confident the residential development in North Catasauqua will remain as scheduled, but some of the property’s proposed recreational features may be delayed as issues continue to get sorted out in Allen.

“In Allen Township, I think the path might be a little more difficult with the rezoning, and it might be something that requires the courts to decide,” Dwyer said.

The Willow Brook Golf Course is tentatively scheduled to stay open to the public until June 15. Once development begins, the course will be cut to nine holes and become part of the private community.

Construction is already underway for a new clubhouse at the course. Developers are turning an old barn on the property into a pro shop and pavilion.

Dwyer was unable to provide concrete confirmation that the community will be age qualified, but he said the two building contractors that the Fuller Family Trust is negotiating with have both expressed the desire to make the community for residents 55 and over.