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Jackson Township development in limbo

The public hearings on a planned residential development in Jackson Township that have been ongoing since early February continued Thursday, according to township manager Chris Rearick.

Londonderry Ridge, a development planned along Lindsay Road, would feature 77 townhouses, 117 single-family lots and related infrastructure.

At the township’s Feb. 16 meeting, Rearick said the public the township and the developer discussed concerns and issues with the development’s access to Route 528, the location of access, and the necessity of obtaining public right away from residents in that area.

“Essentially, the developer has gone back to the drawing board to address those concerns,” Rearick said.

Supervisors voted to continue the hearing at the board of supervisor’s meeting Thursday, May 18.

Rearick said that if the developer makes major changes to the application, it will need to be resubmitted as a new application. If the changes are minor, however, the township can conclude the hearing and act on it.

“Were we to act on the application, they would have to reconvene the hearing, hold the hearing, close it and proceed to act,” Rearick said.

For now, though, the hearing continues and Rearick said there was no “precise timeline” for the developer’s application.

Emergency access bridge

Township supervisors also approved submitting a Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development grant application for a proposed emergency access bridge behind Seneca Valley High School.

The proposed bridge would extend from the backside of the campus to Evergreen Mill Road, and access to it would be at the discretion of the school district.

Rearick said the total projected cost would be $500,000.

The Parks, Greenways and Open Space Grant would cover $250,000 if awarded to the township.

The bridge would provide provide a pedestrian and bicycle route over the Little Connoquenessing Creek, as well as an emergency route for businesses along Evergreen Mill Road in the event of flooding.

Rearick said the township is also seeking other modes of funding for the project.

Eagle Staff Writer Irina Bucur contributed to this report.

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