Monday, November 27, 2006

Moore Township joins one of PA's largest regional comprehensive plans

Moore Township cemented its role in one of Pennsylvania's largest regional comprehensive plans Tuesday.

All three supervisors voted for an ordinance adopting the ''Nazareth Area�2030'' plan, which charts development in eight Northampton County municipalities.

The agreement must be passed by all eight: Bath, Chapman, Nazareth and Tatamy boroughs and the townships of Bushkill, Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth and Moore.

Now that Moore has adopted the agreement, Chairman Maynard Campbell said, ''we can get down to brass tacks with our zoning'' — the next phase of carrying out the plan.

The agreement enforces the intermunicipal land-use plan that all eight municipalities already have passed. Moore supervisors adopted the land-use plan in July.

The agreement also should offer leverage against aggressive developers, giving the municipalities legal protection against those who might challenging zoning ordinances as too restrictive.

Getting all eight to adopt the agreement is expected to be easier than getting the land-use plan passed. That earlier process was so contentious at times that Stockertown and East Allen Township dropped out of the plan.

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