Concord gives preliminary OK for 22 lots

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Concord Township Council gives preliminary approval for a 22-lot subdivision near Costco.

Concord Township Council this week granted preliminary approval for Orchard Knoll, a proposed 22-lot subdivision on a 44-acre site on the east side of Brinton Lake Road near Costco. Final approval is still pending.

Township engineer Nate Cline said access would be from Brinton Lake Road, a state roadway. There would also be one lot off of Cedar Grove Drive. He explained there would be an interior loop road with emergency access to Evergreen Drive. It will be a private community with private streets and will be managed by a homeowner’s association.

Cline said the applicant — S.B. Conrad — has been working with Concord’s Planning Commission on the project for about two years and has recommended preliminary approval. No waivers have been requested since it is a by0-right plan, he said, but there are some conditions.

“As the plan advances, they’ll be working out a few more kinks but, at this point, this is the plan. This is the layout. It’s a matter of crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s. It’s a very well-designed plan,” Cline said

He added that some things need to be cleaned up, such as adding a few more trees and increasing the landscaping buffer.

Mill Road resident Barbara Pleibel referred to the landscaping by saying she wants a buffer against light and noise coming from the development. Part of her concern is that the development is on a steep slope.

“We’re now going to be potentially looking at and dealing with noise from the retail and the industrial section,” she said. “We already have noise and light challenges…Our neighborhood is in a valley so the noise gets magnified and echoed so anything we can do now will help mitigate that.”

She added that trees, specifically keeping as many existing mature trees would be a benefit. Keeping those taller mature trees would provide some of that buffer between the residential, industrial, and retail areas. “That would be very much appreciated. And anything we can do from a light perspective would also be very much appreciated.”

The approval came with 21 conditions, most of which concern abiding by the various review letters from the professional consultants — the engineer and land planner — the fire marshal, the Delaware County Planning Department, and comments from Thornbury Township and the state.

Other conditions, read by Council President Dominic Pileggi, include having the township engineer review lighting locations, that lighting and landscaping must be maintained per the recorded plan, and all improvements are to be maintained by the HOA. The portion of the property that extends toward Mill Road shall be deed-restricted from any improvements and maintained by the HOA. Public water and sewer are required.

Other business

The second annual Race for the Watershed and Ducky regatta is planned for 9 a.m. with check-in at 8:30 a.m. next Saturday, June 15 at Newlin Gristmill Park. Duck races start at 10:30 a.m. and the grand reopening of the mill’s water system will be at 1 p.m. Purchasing a duck for the duck race is Duck Race costs $20 per duck or $50 for 3 ducks. Purchase ducks here.

On Thursday, June 20, there will be a concert in the park with Baily Run & Chico’s Vibe beginning at 7 p.m.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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