Charlestown supervisors gave conditional final approval for construction of nine homes, each at a million dollars, at Hollow and Pikeland roads, at Monday's meeting.
The unanimous vote was conditional upon approval from the township solicitor and engineer. Supervisor Hugh Willig was absent.
Builder Chip Vaughan suggested that an earlier agreed to and proposed equestrian/pedestrian trail be located alongside Pikeland Road rather than weave through the property and cross a stream bed.
"The biggest problem is about getting across the creek for access," said Vaughan. "Trying to find a place to put the trail isn't really very feasible."
While the proposed trail might wind through right of way and easements it would temporarily lead to nowhere. The township hopes to eventually extend the trail to the Pyle Farm.
"If we work on our own for a a year we might get other linkages," said Supervisor Charlie Phillips.
Vaughan intends to build nine homes million dollar homes on a 40 acre tract. An existing home will sit on an eight acre tract with lots sized from two to five acres each. No open space will be set aside.
The two story homes will have three car garages. Each home will have living space of at least 4,800 square feet.
There will be no sidewalks and concrete curbs. Sewer and water will be private.
The builder, Vaughan & Sons also agreed to plant several oak trees and recently agreed to limit construction to at least 75 feet away from the roadway at the front of the property.
The next supervisor's meeting will be June 21, 2004. Hearings for Altemose and Robal Associates will take place at that date as well as a continued discussion about ongoing reconstruction of the woolen factory.
The meeting on July 12, 2004 will be a week later than usual due to the Independence Day Holiday.