Lower Frederick Interceptor On Plan Agenda

Lower Frederick Interceptor On Plan Agenda

LOWER FREDERICK PA – What is described as a “general discussion” of the Goshenhoppen Creek interceptor, a sewer line anticipated to serve the Melbourne Hills Estate housing community being developed on Route 29, is the sole topic listed for tonight’s (Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017) meeting of the Lower Frederick Planning Commission.

A copy of the draft agenda was posted Tuesday (Sept. 12) by the township to its Facebook page, here. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 53 Spring Mount Rd.

The 48-lot Melbourne Hill subdivision to be built on roughly 41 acres at the intersection of 29 and Salford Station Road won preliminary approval from supervisors in 2008. It most recently was featured prominently in the debate over the supervisors’ suggested, and now abandoned, proposal to create a Goshenhoppen Creek overlay zoning district to accommodate residential growth.

Township engineering representative Carol Schuehler, senior municipal engineer for Cedarville Engineering Group LLC, earlier explained the line had been proposed about 10 years ago for installation along Route 29. An alternative installation that parallels the creek was later added to the township’s state-required sewage facilities guide, also known as its “(Act) 537 plan.”

Running the line near the creek, Schuehler told the public and supervisors’ board during its April 4 (2017) meeting, would both would serve the proposed development and solve existing sewage problems for other properties in the area.

The township currently is constructing a multi-million dollar upgrade to its sewer plant and accompanying lines that was authorized in September 2015 by the Delaware River Basin Commission. The commission is involved in the approval because it oversees and regulates discharges into the Perkiomen Creek. The upgrade includes the interceptor and a $1.5-million pumping station.

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