Whitehall approves warehouse, baseball field projects | Lehigh Valley Regional News

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners approved various land development projects during Monday night’s meeting.

All of the measures were approved by unanimous votes, save for one. It involved the approval of a 5,000-square-foot warehouse at 3614 Lehigh St. from applicant Kenneth Snyder Jr.

Commissioners have been less than enthusiastic about the plan since it was first brought before them in February. A few main concerns included flooding, velocity, truck access, and rear asphalt ramp issues as the project is 60 feet from the Coplay Creek. The project, however, is governed under the regional community commercial zone in the township’s zoning code. In that zone, the project is permitted.

During last week’s workshop meeting, Commissioner Thomas Slonaker questioned Snyder about the ability of “larger tractor-trailers” to adequately turn around. Snyder responded by saying that the issue would be handled “on a case-by-case basis.”

On Monday night, Slonaker said that answer “was unacceptable.” Snyder responded by saying the space was “adequate.” The new response proved no more acceptable than the previous as Slonaker voted “no.” Snyder never gained Slonaker’s vote, but he did gain a majority of commissioners, who approved the plan by a 5-2 margin. The warehouse is slated to house lawnmowers and snowblowers.

In other business, the legislative body OK’d the construction of a baseball and softball field at 1401 Lehnert Rd. The project, offered by Muhlenberg College, is in the township’s R-1 zoning district. During questioning Monday night, representatives for the college indicated the ballfields will serve as Muhlenberg’s home fields, not limited to practice sessions. Further, Muhlenberg’s plan did not include the construction of grandstands or seats now, but in the future that could change.

In other news, commissioners approved the purchase of a Rosenbauer Aerial custom fire apparatus for the Whitehall Township Fire Department. The model has an aerial ladder that raises 115 feet with a capacity to rotate 90 degrees and can store 300 gallons of water.

Last, commissioners approved a resolution establishing a tobacco-free policy for all township parks, playgrounds and recreational areas. In the process, the legislation will repeal prior resolutions or parts of resolutions which were inconsistent.

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