Bethel Park to vote on housing development
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Matthew Santoni to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- W. Pa. neighborhood watch groups work with police to keep streets safe
- Where and when to find holiday festivities throughout Western Pa.
- North Allegheny to host event to celebrate diversity
- Libraries across Western Pa. offer coloring classes for adults
- Sensory rooms give special-needs students in Western Pa. better chance
- Dormont’s new council majority could nix storm water authority