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Upper Moreland to Hear Wawa Development Plans Tonight

There are a number of topics on the agenda for the meeting tonight at 7 p.m.

A public hearing will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Township Municipal Building to discuss a variety of items on the agenda. The subject of the new Wawa at Easton and York Roads has caused a lot of discussion for local residents, and tonight those people will get to express their opinions on the matter.

The Board of Commissioners will also discuss the redevelopment plan of Willow Crossing and other areas of the township as well.

Here is the full agenda posted on Upper Moreland's web site:

Regular Meeting Agenda
November 13, 2012
7:00 p.m.

I. Moment of Silent Meditation
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Presentations/Announcements: 

A. Report on Hurricane Sandy {Bob Drennen}

Public Hearing

PUBLIC HEARING  #1876 – 7:00 P.M. – Proposed Wawa development at Easton and York Roads

Ordinance No. 1616 – amending Chapter 350 Zoning, Article XXXII Town Center Districts, to Add Certain Uses as Uses Permitted to Conditional Use in the District Under Certain Circumstances

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Ordinance No. 1617 – amending the Upper Moreland Township Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 350 - _____ and New District Titled Transit Management Overlay District and Repealing any inconsistent Provisions Therewith 

Regular Meeting 

IV. Roll Call

V. Public Comments – Non-Agenda Items Only 

VI. Treasurer’s Activity Report, Joseph J. Olszak, Treasurer – October, 2012     

VII. Approval of Minutes – October 1, 2012, Regular Meeting                                                                                                                                                                        

VIII. Committee Recommendations:

A. Finance & Administrative Committee – October, 2012

1. Appointments – None

2. List of Bills Payable

3. Other Items – Committee recommends approval of:

Appointment of Ballard Spahr LLP to serve as Labor and

Employment Counsel to Upper Moreland Township 

B. Community Development Committee – October, 2012

1.   Code Enforcement – None 

2.   Subdivision Application – Committee recommends approval of:

a.   Resolution No. R-2012-31 – granting land development with waivers and conditions at 14 Dallas
Road {Ralph LaRosa} 

3.   Land Development Application – Committee recommends approval of:

a.   Resolution No. R-2012-32 – amending previously approved Redevelopment Plan for Willow Crossing, 2901 Blair Mill Road  

4. List of Upcoming Zoning Board Applications – None 

5. Other Items – Committee recommends approval of:

a.   Ordinance No. 1616 – amending Chapter 350 Zoning, Article XXXII Town Center Districts, to Add Certain Uses as Uses Permitted to Conditional Use in the District Under Certain Circumstances

b.  Ordinance No. 1617 – amending the Upper Moreland Township Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 350 - _____ and New District Titled Transit Management Overlay District and Repealing any inconsistent Provisions Therewith

c.   Resolution No. R-2012-33 – reflecting Board of Commissioners’ support for redevelopment/revitalization of Willow Grove as requested by Chamber of Commerce                                  

C. Parks & Recreation Committee – October, 2012

1.   No items for action

D. Public Health & Safety Committee – October, 2012

1.   Committee recommends approval of: Recommended Use of $5,000 in available funds from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania                       

IX.       New Business

X.        Commissioner Comments

XI.      Adjournment

Elizabeth Fuller November 15, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I hope all level-headed, non-partisan, intelligent residents of UMT read your comments, Susan. The 5 R Commissioners have listened to no one. They have the power to do that. A super WaWa????? We have the chance to return this community to its historic routes. They don't get it!!!!! Please vote them out when you have the opportunity. We don't need 20 gas pumps less than 1/2 mile away from each other. To say nothing of the traffic and the tackiness. We could have done so much better with a little effort and forethought. Please don't let this community go to down so badly because of a cabal of good ole boys.
Mary Jane November 15, 2012 at 05:10 AM
The beginning of the end was the mall folks. Now you drive down 611 and it looks more and more like Broad Street than anything else. We have that great store front day care center, the tatoo parlor, and the general unkempt look of the neighborhood. It will never be returned to it's historic roots. let the Wawa come and just be resigned to the urban sprawl that is coming full on, like it or not.
Susan Worth-LaManna November 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The mall took the place of a closed amusement park past its prime and located in Abington! Educate yourselves as to who owns downtown property and you'll see why it's "tacky." No downtown association to provide oversight of facade improvements, let alone general upkeep...#WGvisionfail
Patrick Smith November 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
the wawa is a great thing to have do to th fact it will drop the competitors prices and not only that it is a gas station open 24/7 the giant nor the lukoil do that and it is a nucence to those of us whos only time to fill up is round 11pm. and as for the "historic routes" stuff but im sorry they will not succeed and bring wealth into the comunity a bunch of others have closed due to the economy no one in their right mind would attempt that at the moment. Not to mention that if the other comunity buisenesses are closing there is now room for the "historic routes" to go there.
Susan Worth-LaManna November 15, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Patrick-thanks for weighing in on the subject. We agree that having an 24/7 gas station is a bonus for those of us who work long/odd/non-traditional hours. However, not in our downtown. That area was designated for zoning as a Town Center, eliminating drive-thru businesses and gas stations. Having mixed use (retail and residences) would have brought in a greater revenue stream to the township. Remember, we have a Wawa on Moreland road, and this new store will capture those customers and take from other businesses, as well. This will not "bring wealth" to our community. The ground, itself, is historical (site of the Mineral Springs) -- so, what was being discussed at the BOC was our "historical roots." We had hoped to capitalize on that in a mixed-use development. Much like taking down the Manor of Moreland in the 1960's to make room for a parking lot, I find this development to be a wrong step. #paveparadiseputupaparkinglot

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