Important…We Need Your Help!
Allen Township Planning Commission Meeting
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 7:00 PM
3530 Howertown Road, Northampton, PA 18067

Jaindl/Watson Presents 2.5 million sq. ft warehouses
(Adding 2,100 more truck traffic)

“Developers of the Jaindl and Watson project seek a right of way along Seemsville Road and placement of a detention basin on the NASD 92-acre Seemsville property, owned since 1995 as a possible school site”.

Northampton Press 1/31/2018

Your Voice matters! Plan to attend this very important meeting. 
Please share with your neighbors, family and friends. This development could negatively impact our community and quality of life.
NASD to Generate $1.8 Million a Year
from Jaindl Warehouses and
Estimates $6 million from all  Warehouses

“Developers of the Jaindl and Watson project seek a right of way along Seemsville Road and placement of a detention basin on the district’s 92-acre Seemsville property, owned since 1995 as a possible school site. This development at Route 329 and Seemsville Road could add $1.8 million in annual tax revenue. Add to that the Jaindl development at a former monastery in Lehigh Township, a Liberty Trust project near Miller Supply Ace Hardware and a project at Route 329 and Airport Road, and NASD stands to rake in a total of an estimated $6 million in additional annual tax revenue, starting in approximately three years.”

NASD will generate 1.8 Million a year in taxes by allowing Jaindl a right of way on NASD owned property. Our quality of life could be changed forever all because the school district wants the revenue. Is this smart and responsible growth? 

Read the Northampton Press article :

More Land that Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Owns Could Turn into Warehouses

New Jersey based J. G. Petrucci Co. laid out plans for three restaurants and a warehouse at Braden Airpark in Forks Township.  The proposed development will bring more cars and potential tractor-trailers into an area already struggling with traffic.  Read the Morning Call article:

From the Economic Policy Institute – Unfulfilled Promises:Amazon Fulfillment Centers Do Not Generate Broad-based Employment Growth

What this report finds: When Amazon opens a new fulfillment center, the host county gains roughly 30 percent more warehousing and storage jobs but no new net jobs overall, as the jobs created in warehousing and storage are likely offset by job losses in other industries.

Why it mattersState and local governments give away millions in tax abatements, credits, exemptions, and infrastructure assistance to lure Amazon warehouses but don’t get a commensurate “return” on that investment.

What we can do about it: Rather than spending public resources on an ineffective strategy to boost local employment (luring Amazon fulfillment centers), state and local governments should invest in public services (particularly in early-childhood education and infrastructure) that are proven to spur long-term economic development. 

Read the report:

The 45 most congested roads in the Lehigh Valley by 2040

“This is not a list you want your neighborhood to be on.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s report, part of its Congestion Management Process, forecasts what it expects to be the most congested roads and streets after 23 years.

The list took into account demographic projections, as well as implementation of traffic improvements included in the current Transportation Improvement Plan and the Long Range Plan”.

Read the Lehigh Valley Live article:

Are Autonomous Vehicles the Answer to Tractor-trailer Concerns? 

With the onslaught of warehouses being proposed in the Lehigh Valley and beyond, Pennsylvania is looking like a mecca of giant distribution centers.  Along with these concrete monstrosities comes the invasion of thousands of tractor-trailers on our roads (many of which are rural) in order to get to Rt 78.   As residents grapple with the loss of precious farmland and the possible devaluation of their homes, they are also wondering how our infrastructure will handle the added tractor-trailer congestion.  Many fear for their safety when traveling alongside these huge rigs.  We can’t help but wonder, does Pennsylvania have a plan?
On Wednesday, February 1, 2018, Penndot and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development held a free webinar “Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in PA and their potential for our economy.”  Could this new technology be the answer to our concerns?  (Penndot What are automated vehicles)
Pennsylvania and Penndot are leaders in Autonomous Vehicles.  Here’s how it works.  Several systems work together to control Autonomous Vehicles (AV). They rely entirely on its own on-board radar sensors, video cameras, light detection & ranging sensors, in wheel ultra sonic sensors and a central computer that analyzes all of the data.
Connected Automatic Vehicles (CAV) have capabilities that allow it to communicate to other equipped vehicles in their immediate vicinity, Vehicle to Vehicle (V to V).  It is also aware of the surrounding infrastructure, Vehicle to Infrastructure (V to I) such as intersections and curves, and the use of the cloud.  The advantages of automatic technology are improved safety, mobility, land use and societal benefits.
How will this technology help the community survive the influx of tractor-trailers that will be traveling on our roads?  The trucking industry will be revolutionized in the next two decades.  (The future of trucking)  Investors are spending 100s of millions of dollars on start-up companies competing to develop a software program to be used by every segment of the trucking industry for advanced efficiency.
Today, medium and heavy-duty trucks account for 6% of all greenhouse gas emissions.  Companies like Walmart are looking to fleets to be powered by cleaner natural gas to transition into renewables.  Look for Tesla to introduce an electric powered semi truck.  While cutting emissions would be great for the environment, the real cost savings will be in the elimination of the driver.  Introducing a system called Platooning.  Platooning, is a semi autonomous feature that allows trucks to find and link up with each other and draft.  Cutting down on wind drag, saves energy as in cycling or race car driving.  Look for a fleet of autonomous trucks to be available in the next 10 years.
While it may take some time to have fully driverless trucks, Morgan Stanley estimates that by making the American freight industry autonomous, the potential savings is $168 billion annually in fuel, productivity and accident costs.
With the potential of millions of jobs to be lost, will residents embrace a future of employment in an age of automation in the distribution and freight industries? 
In December of 2017, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission reported 45 of the most congested roads in the Lehigh Valley by 2040.  Many residents that commute on these roads contend they are already congested.  It will take years to update our infrastructure and phase in the technology for Autonomous Vehicles.  We need local municipalities to approve smart, responsible development that grows in line with the infrastructure to support it.  Then and only then will the future be bright in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. 

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