Friday, October 9, 2015

Fastest. Meeting. Ever.

As a connoisseur of  municipal meetings, now approaching 18 years of covering them here in Pennsylvania, I can tell you I have rarely seen what I saw last night at the Douglass (Mont.) Planning Agency.

Fourteen minutes.

That is how long it took those folks to work through an agenda of an entire page.

Would that the House of Representatives -- in either Harrisburg or Washington -- would take a lesson from this group of speedy civic servants.

It was my first time there and I found out that "they list everything on the agenda, in case something comes up."

Nothing did, except for a one lot subdivision on Schlegel Road, which as approved with little fanfare.

I had been tempted into attending the meeting because the agenda listed a presentation on Wynestone, a New Hanover Township development whose impacts have Douglass officials worried.

But I was off by a month. 

They presented to the planning agency last month, and will present to the Board of Supervisors at their Oct. 19 meeting, which I will likely miss because there is also a Pottstown School Board meeting that night.

Here's what the minutes from last month's planning agency meeting, approved Thursday night, indicate about that project:
  • It was originally proposed by the now-bankrupt THP Properties in 2004;
  • It has been revived by a developer called Select Properties;
  • It calls for 760 homes;
  • It calls for 200,000 square feet of commercial space;
  • It will be constructed in phases that will take 10 to 15 years to complete;
  • Phase 1 will consist of 250 homes off Township Line Road and retail development adjacent to Route 662 near Wawa;

Here are the scant Tweets from the short meeting:

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