Wednesday, January 22, 2014
There's a Crook on Lower Nazareth's Planning Commission!
Except she's mot that kind of crook. It's her name. Linda Crook. She's the Chair of the Lower Nazareth Planning Commission. She is one of five planning commissioners who said NO to zoning changes for another Lou Pektor special during a meeting on January 20.
Pektor is the front man for some outfit that wants to sink a 498-unit apartment complex between Country Club and Hecktown Roads. But planners recommended against changing zoning from the current office park to some kind of residential mix.
Planners raised the following concerns: traffic; impact on an already overcrowded elementary school; adverse impact on the nearby Louise Moore Park; and the need for additional police protection at a time when Township Supervisors are considering a divorce from a regional police department.
I was unable to attend because I was on Bethlehem Township that evening, but zoning opponent Bob Hoyer filled me in on the details.
Hoyer, a former Supervisor himself, is the owner of Buza's Greenhouse, located at the corner of Newburg and Country Club Road. He tells me that he, and about fifteen other opponents, were at the Planning Commission meeting. I know, because I tried stopping there briefly and was unable to find parking in the small municipal lot.
The Planning Commission recommendation is nonbinding. Supervisors are free to accept or reject it.
Given the relationship between Manager Timm Tenges and Pektor, as demonstrated in the above photo, my guess is he'll try his damned best to help out his fishin' buddy. I'm sure there's nothing at all wrong about a developer taking a Bethlehem Mayor and Bethlehem Township Manager on a fishin' trip to Maryland.
Or ... Maybe there really is a crook in Lower Nazareth.
Maybe Executive John Brown will hire Tenges next.