Work on a new housing development in Loyalsock Township can begin now that the township supervisors have given the project their blessing.
On Tuesday, the supervisors approved a proposed townhouse development on Schick Boulevard, which connects with Sand Hill Road near Four mile Drive.
Their approval came with several conditions which John Bower Jr., chairman, read prior to the board's vote.
The developer, Larry Stopper, should keep as many trees as possible on the development to screen it from adjacent property, Bower said. Other conditions include bringing Schick Boulevard up to township standards and then turning it over to the township once the development is completed, constructing an access road to Four Mile Drive during the second phase of townhouse construction, and coordinating stormwater management with the township, state agencies and the township school district, which has property nearby.
Stopper said he agreed trees should be left standing on the property. Issues such as stormwater management and roads will be addressed during the preparation of land development plans, he said.
Supervisor Richard Wheeland said he had concerns about how the development will impact residents living in the area near the development. Wheeland said he did not want to see residents inconvenienced by truck traffic obstructing township roads. He said he hoped the developer could upgrade the private road and construct the road to Four Mile Drive quickly.
"That's my only concern," he said. "Beyond that, I'm behind you 100 percent."
In other business, the supervisors agreed to allow David Carson, township zoning and codes officer, to attend a comprehensive, four-day workshop on flood plain planning.
According to Carson, the workshop, which will be held in Sayre, costs $100.