Public Hearing Tonight On Zieglerville Proposal

Public Hearing Tonight On Zieglerville ProposalZIEGLERVILLE PA – A proposal by Sacks And Sons Inc. to amend a land development plan that would allow construction of a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise store with a drive-through window and shared parking at 9 Big Rd. will be the subject of a public hearing tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018) at 6 p.m. by the Lower Frederick Board of Supervisors in the township municipal building, 53 Spring Mount Rd.

The land affected is adjacent to the existing Wawa store and near the roundabout that controls traffic flow along Routes 73 and 29. Terry Sacks, current board vice chairman, is among principals involved in the proposal, township Planning Commission minutes indicate.

The hearing, on a conditional use application related to the project, is scheduled an hour before the 7 p.m. start of the supervisors’ general meeting on the same night. Both meetings are free to attend and open to the public; any township resident interested in commenting on the proposal may do so during the hearing.

The property is part of the township’s Village Mixed Use District. Supervisors are being asked to approve the addition of the drive-through, shared parking, and warehouse uses to Sacks’ existing land development plan, introduced in March 2017.

An outlet of the popular branded restaurant that offers coffee and other beverages, doughnuts, baked goods, and sandwiches would be constructed as one of five new buildings on three combined parcels of 7.42 acres, according to commission minutes. Two existing buildings on the properties would remain; two others would be demolished.

Planners during their Dec. 21 (2017) meeting noted that 85 percent of the property within the development would be considered warehouse use. Commission Chairman Chuck Yeiser suggested that figure “greatly exceeds” the legislative intent of the mixed use district when it was created, the minutes state.

Commissioners also have suggested the need for a traffic study, landscape buffering and green space, the architectural look of the proposed buildings, and phased approval of the development so that parking accommodations can be reviewed on a building-by-building basis.

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