Dorrance Township begins hearing on Blue Ridge development

By Tom Huntington - For Times Leader
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DORRANCE TWP. — Hearings opened this week on the long-debated Preserve at Blue Ridge development, and a central concern was how all the new homes would get water.

Attorney Mark McNelis, who represents a group of residents opposed to the project, pressed the issue. Under inquiries McNelis posed to Thomas Reilly, of Reilly Associate Engineers, and John R. Varaly, a professional planning consultant, McNelis confirmed that a centralized water system meets the requirements of current township code.

McNelis said he was focused on the issue due to concerns by neighbors of the proposed Blue Ridge site whose water supply comes from on-site wells.

It was also discussed that developer TFP Limited (Tambur Family Partnership) had secured from Dorrance officials an approval Sept. 10 for a minor subdivision of 2.5 acres, which is intended to be the site of a public water facility.

As described by Varaly in an application to township zoning officer Alan Snelson, the Preserve at Blue Ridge is now designed to accommodate 134 units — 106 two-family units and 28 single-family residences.

At hearings conducted in 2007 and 2016, TFP principal partner Robert Tamburro had stated the structures will be of high quality, both in construction and design. At Monday’s hearing, TFP was represented by attorneys Jack Dean and Matt Boyd.

During the course of discussions, which were moderated by township solicitor Donald Karpowich, testimony was heard from:

• Reilly, who stated that his firm conducted a traffic study of the area around the nearby Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course and also developed an environmental impact statement which was entered into the official record.

• Varaly, who discussed aspects of Dorrance’s zoning ordinances which he said he helped to author.

• Tamburro himself noted that a proposed central water system was never raised as an issue in prior submissions to supervisors dating to 2007 and 2017.

The hearing will be continued Monday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m.


By Tom Huntington

For Times Leader