Developer Gets Go-ahead For Homes In Lower Providence Two Developments Are Proposed By John T. Neilson. They Could Hold As Many As 370 Residences.

Posted: February 17, 1994

LOWER PROVIDENCE — The Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved two proposed developments that could result in a total of 370 new single-family homes by 2005.

At Monday's night's board meeting, the proposals by Audubon Land Development Corp. became the first to be approved under the township's new open-space residential zoning district, which has been in place since November. The supervisors also gave John T. Neilson, president of Audubon Land Development, permission for several conditional uses.

The developments will be Valley Hi, a 242-acre tract bordered by Eagleville, Arcola and Featherbed Roads, and Valley Hi West, a 131-acre tract surrounded by Visitation, Grange and Moyer Roads.

Neilson said Valley Hi would have 239 homes and Valley Hi West would have 131. Both developments will have public water and sewer capabilities, he said.

In the new zoning district, builders are encouraged to keep open space at a maximum, and development tracts must total at least 20 acres. Tracts of less than 100 acres must be at least 50 percent open space; properties larger than 100 acres must maintain at least 40 percent open space.

Of Valley Hi's 242 acres, 103 will be devoted to open space, Neilson said. Of Valley Hi West's 131 acres, 60 will be devoted to open space.

"This gives us 160 acres of open space that will be an asset to the community," said Supervisor Nancy T. McFarland.

The board approved conditional uses that will allow construction in an alluvial-soils flood plain in the Valley Hi tract.

"One of our roads will cross the flood plain, and we'll have two detention basins in the flood plain," Neilson said.

Both developments will be constructed in phases, Neilson said, with Valley Hi constructed in seven phases, the first to include 37 houses and the rest about 30 houses each. Valley Hi West will be built in four phases of about 30 houses each. Under the terms of the zoning district, Audubon Land Development Corp. will be required to give the supervisors updates for each phase.

The final development plans for Valley Hi must be submitted to the township between Jan. 1, 1995, and Jan. 1, 2005. Plans for Valley Hi West must be submitted between Jan. 1, 1995 and Jan. 1, 2001.

Supervisors Chairman Richard T. Brown added a requirement Monday. "I'd like to see the roads at the sites have more than one access during construction, in case emergency vehicles have to get in there and the road is blocked," he said.

Neilson agreed to the request. After the meeting, Neilson said that he hoped to have final plans completed for phase one of each project within 60 days, and that he hoped to break ground in the summer.

Neilson is in default on $7.26 million in mortgages on the General Washington Recreation Center in the township. Asked if that financial situation might have an impact on his ability to proceed with the Valley Hi developments, he declined to comment.

His attorney, J. Edmund Mullin of the Lansdale law firm of Hamburg, Rubin,

Mullin & Maxwell, was on vacation Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.

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