FAIRVIEW TWP. – Supervisors Tuesday night approved a reverse subdivision for the Highland Woods development, a decision developer Bob Rothstein said would keep the space pristine and beautiful.
Rothstein said he had been working for about six months with the township's planning commission and other departments to reduce the piece of property, about 14 acres, to fewer subdivisions and to limit the number of terrain modifications made during construction on the property.
Rothstein said he is executor of his parents' estate and has sought out the North Branch Land Trust, an organization that helps landowners preserve their property's natural state, to help keep his parents' land beautiful.
He said he hopes to sell the property to developers, a transaction that will yield less now that reverse subdivision has met approval.
"My goal is to have someone (buy the land) who values lower density as much as I do," Rothstein said.
In a display of devotion to neighborly harmony, Rothstein offered assistance when resident John Fixl, who lives in Highland Woods, complained to the supervisors.
Fixl said the caretaker for the home next to his, now vacant because the owner lives in a nursing home, has been putting out food with intentions to catch a loose cat.
Fixl said that for 2 1/2 years someone has stopped at the house daily to put out cat food, fruit and vegetables along with a box trap to catch the lost cat, but all that is bringing nuisance animals around.
Fixl said his daughter's dog fell ill with a parasite after spending time outdoors and he believes it was caught from a deer eating in his neighbor's yard.
Fixl said animals have been eating the landscaping around his and his neighbors' houses and he was concerned about property damage and diseases the hungry animals might bring.
The supervisors said they would review the township's nuisance ordinance, but Chairman Robert Orloski said wild animals are common in Mountain Top and food set out in the yard might not constitute a nuisance.
Rothstein offered his help as developer to review the situation and seek a solution.
In other news:
• The supervisors authorized Berkheimer Associates as the township's new tax collector.
• The Parks and Recreation Committee still has vacant positions that Director Mike Iorio said needed filling. Anyone interested should contact him through the township office.