Dorrance Twp. sets Oct. 1 hearing on revised Blue Ridge development

By Tom Huntington - For Times Leader
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DORRANCE TWP. — Township supervisors affirmed this week that a public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. Oct. 1 on a revised plan for the Preserve at Blue Ridge, a 134-unit development proposed near the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course.

TFP Limited, a family partnership which has Robert Tamburro as one of its principal officers, has submitted the plan which encompasses 451 acres and is intended for the construction of 106 two-family units and 28 single-family residences, according to Dorrance solicitor Donald Karpowich.

Previously in 2016, Tamburro submitted a proposed plan that encompassed more housing units (324) and more acreage. But after a series of hearings, that plan failed to gain approval by supervisors and resulted in a revised plan being developed and submitted last month.

Supervisors Gary Zane, William Wengrzynek, and Kevin Gallagher then unanimously approved the scheduling of a public hearing which Karpowich said is open to all township residents.

This week, when people at a meeting quizzed the supervisors about some aspects of the development, Karpowich advised the board to decline comment.

“We don’t want to give anyone the idea we held a preliminary hearing prior to the scheduled hearing,” said the township’s lawyer.

Karpowich, however, did allow one request: anyone who wants to see a drawn-to-scale plot map of the proposed project could obtain one at the zoning office.

Last month, at the recommendation of the planning commission, supervisors approved a minor subdivision application submitted by TFP for a plot that it was speculated will be the site of a public water system.

The township’s planning commission will also review the revised plan at a Sept. 17 meeting.

The township municipal building on Blue Ridge Trail is the site for all sessions.

In other recent business, supervisors:

• Executed an agreement with Luzerne County Community Development on a $113,000 grant to finance the paving of St. Mary’s Road from Stairville Road to Blytheburn Road.

• Voted 3-0 to approve an increase in salary for secretary/treasurer Patricia Davis to $42,000 annually.

• Received notice from Mountain Top area District Judge Ferris Webby of a hearing Sept. 20 on an alleged zoning violation involving Sophie A. Stec and Edward Benkoski.

• Accepted a report from Karpowich that the Button Company has submitted a renewed letter of credit.

• Heard that 2019 budget planning meetings have been scheduled for Oct. 8 and Oct 22 at 6:30 p.m.


By Tom Huntington

For Times Leader