|Pennoni Engineering's Rocco Caracciolo|
Petrucci Principal Greg Rogerson, along with Pennoni Engineering's Rocco Caracciolo, presented a sketch plan that requires no zoning changes. "Its a by right plan," noted Rogerson. But he cautioned Commissioners that they are unable to "solve the Church Road intersection," which currently empties out onto Easton Avenue at a steep angle.
Carraccioli did state that the development will reduce, though not eliminate, stormwater discharges from flood-prone Green Pond. "This is a challenged area for flooding," he stated. Petrucci has spent "hundreds of thousands" of dollars for a plan that will divert most stormwater onto the golf course. The impact of a two-year storm would be reduced by 30%, and a 100-year storm by 10%, claimed the engineer.
Farmersville Road resident Jack Glagola, insisted that the impervious surfaces from new development would just exacerbate the current flooding. "In no way is there any support for this development in its current configuration," he stated, adding that he had spoken to neighbors.
On behalf of both the Audubon and Sierra Club, Bethlehem resident Vicky Bastidas warned Commissioners and Caracciolo that the Green Pond is a migratory stopping ground for 161 bird species. "These are not ducks. These are marsh birds," Bastidas advised. According to Bastidas, those birds can handle only 2-3" of water, as opposed to the deep basin proposed in the sketch plan.
Commissioners were asked to table the proposal, but Tom Nolan told residents that no action is required for a sketch plan. "It's just an overview so we have an idea," he stated.
Commissioner Marty Zawarski was hung up on road widths instead of the 32-foot wide roads proposed, he'd like them to be 36-foot for more on-street parking. Caracciolo stated that could be done, but will increase the impervious coverage.