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Increased traffic concerns voiced by residents of Pine Township neighborhoods

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 4:12 p.m.

Residents of two Pine housing plans — Woodland Farms and Woodside Estates — urged township officials to avoid connecting their streets to roads through Emerald Fields, a proposed 277-acre development of $500,000 homes.

Neighbors of the proposed housing plan — set for construction in the northwest corner of Pine Township — voiced their worries at a Feb. 19 public hearing on developer Patrick Minnock's request for tentative approval of Emerald Fields.

Emerald Fields is slated for construction in five phases by the end of 2016.

“We are all very concerned about the huge increase in traffic,” said Dan Berger of Woodland Farms.

Emerald Fields — if approved — will front Mount Pleasant, Dean and Franklin Roads, with entrances on Franklin and Mount Pleasant roads.

“Franklin Road is in no shape to absorb more traffic,” said Jolene Lowry of Blueberry Trail.

Dave Weinel of Franklin Road also bemoaned the drivers who already use Franklin Road.

“It's getting risky to go out and get my mail. They're going 60 miles per hour,” Weinel said at the public hearing.

Emerald Field's blueprints include streets that connect with currently dead-end McIntosh Drive in Woodside Estates and Pinkerton Road in Woodland Farms.

At the public hearing, residents of both streets urged Pine supervisors to undo those connections.

“None of us thought there would be a 200-home development spilling into our road,” said Joe Casario of McIntosh Drive.

But Pine officials long ago approved the street connections when they approved plans for the Woodland Farms and Woodside Estates housing plans.

“Those two developments were approved with those road extensions,” said Larry Kurpakus, director of code administration and land development for Pine.

Mike Dennehy, chairman of the Pine Township Supervisors said his colleagues could, however, overrule those planned road extensions.

The supervisors must grant or deny Minnock's request for tentative approval of Emerald Fields within 60 days of the public hearing.

“We'll do as the township directs us,” said Minnock, president of Minnock Construction Co.

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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