KIMBERTON - The Kolb subdivision conservation easement development moved forward during the East Pikeland Planning Commission meeting, Monday night.
Tom Keenan, real estate attorney for Ludgate Engineering Corporation (LEC) represented by Robert Ludgate, presented three plans in different stages before the planning commission. Keenan submitted the preliminary plan application for the Tevil Corporation Kolb subdivision on Spring Hollow Road.
Based on recommendations from Tom Comitta, Ludgate's sketches reflected changes. The roadway must be shifted to avoid trees, but one tree must still be removed. The board asked the builder to mark what trees were to be preserved and which are planned for demolition.
"The more we move the road, the more trees are removed," said Ludgate. He added he was trying to find a balance between a lot of tough choices.
Marilyn Randolph noted that the builders were not doing all they could to preserve the land. She said they promised to keep the beauty, and they weren't doing it.
"You're making nothing more than a pool table," Randolph said.
She pointed out all the destruction of trees and disturbances to the land.
"It sounds like you plan to get in there with a 'dozer," she said. "You keep going on with your plan of destruction."
The project is part of a conservation easement. However, French & Pickering Trust is not approving the easement as it currently stands. They are unsure how much land is currently being preserved so Ludgate is making that more evident in future plans.
The planning commission wants the existing buildings and impervious space defined more accurately. The board also suggested LEC referring to the PECO Energy Co. to clarify that the trees the builders are planning to save are not destroyed when the power lines are put in.
"The plan has much improved, but still needs work," said April Mullock, township engineer.
The development encompasses 60 acres. Nine luxury, custom homes will be built on the land, which also has one existing historical property being preserved. Three to five cars will be able to be accommodated in the houses' garages and driveways. Prices will be negotiated between the builder and the individual owners.
Eighty to 90 percent of the land will be open space, with the homes sitting on large lots of beautiful land. Less than 10 percent of the property will be roads. The development will have curbs, and one side of the street will have sidewalks. There is no public sewage, but LEC is providing backup sewer space on each lot in addition to what is already provided.