Weekly Update – February 5, 2018
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
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 matters: State 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?
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