East Cocalico Supervisors and Developers Clash Over Homeowners Association | Local news
When: Meeting of East Cocalico supervisors, August 6.
What happened: Joe Eisenhauer, of Landmark Homes, developer of the Carriage Hill development, asked supervisors to quash a motion last month demanding that a homeowners association maintain a stormwater pond in the development. The approval of the third phase of the project was filed pending the discussion between the lawyers of the promoter and the township.
Fund: The developer’s plan was for the basin to be owned and maintained by a single owner rather than being jointly owned by all owners of the development through an association of owners. During the July 16 meeting, supervisors felt this placed an unfair burden on an owner.
Quote: âWe think it’s our right not to be forced to create an HOA,â Eisenhauer said.
Developer plan: Eisenhauer said the buyer of the lot with the basin would be fully informed of what he was doing. The owner would receive documents listing restrictions and clarifying duties.
Development: The basin, built in 2000 during the first two phases of development, would be upgraded to and beyond 2020 standards, Eisenhauer said. This would include an 18 inch thick clay liner, re-leveling the gullies and planting a suitable herb mix. He said the basin had served well for 20 years even before the planned upgrades.
Post in town: Supervisors were concerned that a homeowner might be grappling with all the expenses, especially in a major storm. They were also concerned that information regarding the ownership and liability of the basin would not be passed on to successive owners of the plot.
Police request: Police Chief Darrick Keppley has asked the board to purchase 16 body cameras and 8 new dash cams, citing the safety of the public and officers. The cameras now inside cars are at least 10 years old, Keppley said. The cost would be $ 69,207. The board has been receptive and will discuss this at its September 3 meeting.
Other development: Zimmerman Home Builders approached the board with a plan to erect a 110-unit rental townhouse complex on 75-acre wedge-shaped land bordered by North Line Road, Weaver Road and a rail right-of-way.
Proposal: Planner Bill Swiernik, of David Miller Associates, said the project was designed to fit into the township’s village overlay zoning. The designation calls for a mix of housing including apartments, duplexes, and single-family homes. Swiernik said the project was “loosely in line” with Village Overlay and wanted the board’s comments. Township engineer Brent Leid called it “overkill” to say the plan is “weakly compliant” to Village Overlay and told the board that the approval “invalidates future checks of Village Overlay. “.
Approval: Jordan and Rachel Martin are set to turn their unused barns on their farm at 51 Cocalico Creek Road into storage units. Martin’s is one of only two farms in the township that is located in a commercial area where ancillary businesses are not allowed. However, farms in agricultural areas may have ancillary activities. The board of directors approved an amendment to the text authorizing an ancillary activity on farms located within the commercial zone. The case is now going to the Zoning Hearing Panel.