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Bethel Park to vote on housing development

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 5:27 p.m.

Bethel Park Council will vote on Monday on plans for a major subdivision proposed for 30 acres near the community's Millennium Park.

Millennium Woods would add 49 single-family homes to the wooded area bounded by the park, Baptist Road, Nedview Road and Hilltop Lane. Council will vote on the plan for the subdivision and development March 11.

The town's planning and zoning committee recommended the project's approval earlier this month. The recommendation is contingent on the developer getting highway permits PennDOT requires to connect the plan to Baptist Road and erosion and runoff permits required by the Department of Environmental Protection, said Bethel Park Planner Michael Smith.

Traffic on Baptist Road, which will be the development's only exit, was not a concern for Bethel Park officials because the traffic backups that occur there are mostly the result of a PennDOT construction project at the intersection with Broughton Road, Smith said.

“Residential subdivisions like this aren't big traffic generators, like, say, a McDonald's would be,” he said. “We did not ask the developer for a traffic study, and neither has PennDOT.”

The 49 homes will be arranged around a loop road, with a cul-de-sac branching off at the western end and a connection to Baptist Road at the east, intersecting Baptist across from Duke's Station.

The developer, Terry Bove of Bove Development Corp. of Bethel Park, said that after talking to neighbors, he tweaked his plan to provide pedestrian links between Millennium Woods, existing homes along Hilltop Lane, and Millennium Park.

“There will be a connection from Hilltop to the sidewalk system on our roads, and a spur off our cul-de-sac to the park,” Bove said. “We felt that was necessary to support the citizens of Bethel Park.”

Smith said other neighbors' concerns about runoff from the development should be relieved by a stormwater plan, which he said should actually leave neighbors' streets and back yards in better shape than they are currently.

The houses, to be built by Ryan Homes, will start at about $290,000, Bove said.

Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5100 West Library Ave.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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