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New Ryan homes plan proposed in Hampton

| Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

A new plan of Ryan homes — priced $350,000 to $450,000 — is on the drawing board for 22 acres next to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Hampton.

But neighbors worry that the proposed Cross Creek development could increase flooding in their valley behind Shopper's Plaza on Route 8.

Clay McClellan of Poff School Road spoke at a Jan. 9 public hearing on the housing plan.

McClellan wants Cross Creek developers to revise their plans for discharging storm water into two Crouse Run tributaries that converge near McClellan's home.

“I'm looking for assurance from the developer and Hampton Township that the Cross Creek plan for storm water management does not increase the likelihood of flash flooding in the area,” McClellan said.

The public hearing will continue at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in Hampton Municipal Building.

“I'm confident that things will fall into place,” said Steve Victor, landscape architect for Cross Creek Hampton LLC, the proposed plan's developer.

Work to prepare the property for construction would begin this summer if Hampton officials approve plans for the housing development.

“Hopefully, houses would go in this fall,” said Victor.

Hampton Council President Victor Son said that Hampton Council's approval of the Cross Creek housing plan will depend on developers' ability to satisfy conditions imposed by Hampton ordinances.

“I want to see what the recommendations are from the (township's) planning commission and environmental advisory council,” Son said.

Hampton Planning Commission was slated to review the developers' latest plans on Jan. 14.

The developer proposes to build 20 single-family homes on property off Poff School Road, which intersects East Bardonner Road near the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The homes would line a long cul-de-sac with sidewalks.

Homeowners would enter the development from Poff School Road. Several backyards would abut Pennsylvania Turnpike property. A gas pipeline would run under several backyards.

Trees currently blanket the property, which also has an abandoned dwelling and small barn. To replace old trees removed for construction, the developer proposes to plant more than 300 new deciduous trees and evergreens in the housing plan.

Figuratively, the development would transform one of Hampton's last frontiers.

“There is a limited amount of available, developable property of this size,” said Marty Orban, land use administrator for Hampton Township. “It's one of the few remaining, developable parcels for single-family homes.”

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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