JACKSON TWP — Creekside Manor — the development off Wise and Mercer roads that drew the ire of Harmony residents — again came before the planning commission Oct. 2 seeking approval of two changes.
This time, the developer sought to add three apartment buildings, bringing the total to five, and a 16-foot-wide, one-way road connecting to Wise Road.
Graham Ferry, project manager with Sheffler & Company, said the addition of three 48-unit buildings would not affect traffic, as the original impact study was conducted with five full apartments in mind, although the developer originally asked permission for only two.
Township Manager Chris Rearick said the three buildings will be erected on the same pad as the other two and the township would not require another study on a stormwater plan.
The other change — the addition of an exit onto Wise Road — is proposed to be an addition to the first phase of the development. Originally, Rearick said, the road was intended to be a path, but the ability for emergency vehicles to access the development via that path would have been “questionable.”
In its stead, the developer now hopes to add the two-lane, 16-foot-wide one-way road to exit onto Wise Road, both to ease traffic and allow emergency vehicles access to the property.
Ferry said the road would require state Department of Environmental Protection permitting, as part of it crosses a wetland. He added the developer has already begun the process of acquiring the permit.
The commission unanimously voted to recommend approval of these changes to the board of supervisors.