John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Upcoming Public Meetings

The following are selected official meetings of Newtown Township Boards and Committees. Some meetings may have only partial agendas or information about what may be discussed. When possible, I include links to important documents and background information. Come back often as this page is frequently updated with new information.

You can also view the Calendar of Events and use the tools there to add any of these meetings to your personal calendar for reminders.

See below for links to summaries of recent past meetings.

 
NOTE: According to Pennsylvania's Sunshine Act (Open Meetings Law), residents are permitted to make comments and ask questions at official township public meetings as well to record such meetings without announcing it beforehand. Know the #Sunshine Law.

List of Upcoming Meetings

Mack's Guide to the Newtown Township Website. Lesson 1: Downloading Meeting Agendas

Board of Supervisors Regular Session

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7 PM

Location: Public Meeting Room, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940

Learn more about the Board of Supervisors.

AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

  • Service Award & Proclamation Presentation for Firefighter John Gundy 

  • Public Comments Regarding Items NOT on the Agenda: Toll Bros Settlement, CRSD School Bus Problems

  • Engineer's Report: Although there are no items to discuss on the agenda, I will ask for an upadte on several items, including the following:

    • Brixmor - Village at Newtown Shopping Center - Traffic Study: At the September 8, 2021 BOS meeting, it was decided that Mr. Lewis will instruct the township engineer to request that the traffic study be done as soon as possible regardless of the percent occupancy of the shopping center. Has this been done? If so, what was the response from Brixmor?

      The final Brixmor development agreement states: "...when the uses on the Property are fully occupied, the DEVELOPER shall perform, at its sole cost and expense, a traffic study, and DEVELOPER shall install, at its sole cost and expense, those additional traffic improvements that DEVELOPER and TOWNSHIP mutually agree are necessary as a result of DEVELOPER’S traffic study." 

      I contend that given the current economic climate due to COVID-19, no  shopping center will ever be fully occupied. Meanwhile, residents are complaining about the traffic and something needs to be done ASAP to improve the situation. Consequently, I demad that Brixmor do the traffic study IMMEDIATELY!

    • Lower Dolington Road Trail project: The latest Engineer’s Report I have seen is dated September 3, 2021, which indicated “Contracts are being executed.” When asked about this before the September 8, 2021, BOS meeting, the township engineer said “Our office just received contracts signed by the Contractor on Friday. Our next step will be to prepare them for the Township’s signature this week and final execution.” Has this been done? If so, when will construction begin? For more details of this project, see the Engineer's Report section of my August 11, 2021, BOS Meeting Notes.

  • ESD Weekly Report for September 16, 2021 – Chief Forsyth 

  • Consideration to approve 5-year agreement with Axon Enterprise, Inc. for police tasers in the amount of $84,126.58 with 5 annual payments of $16,825.32 . Note: The 2021 Budget had allocated $22,000 under the Capital Plan for the purchase of 12 Tasers. Chief Hearn has reached out to Axon for options. Axon has provided the Township with the opportunity to acquire all new equipment for all officers, including warranties, ammunition, batteries, maintenance, etc. for an annual cost of $16,825.32, payable over 5 years. Currently, the Township is spending additional funds annually to replace the equipment once the warranties expire, and paying separately for ammunition, maintenance, etc.

  • Consideration to approve the Bucks County Planning Commission REVISED proposal for Planning Services to Develop an Overlay District to the LI and OLI Zoning Districts. For background, view the video: "Township Planner Presentation on Rezoning the OLI & LI Districts." 

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Technology & Communications Committee

Date & Time: Monday, September 27, 2021, 7:30 PM

Location: Public Meeting Room, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940

Learn more about the Technology & Communications Committee

Agenda Items Include:

  • TBD

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Finance Committee

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 7 PM

Location: Public Meeting Room, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940

Learn more about the Finance Committee.

Agenda Items Include:

  • TBD

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Selected Recent Past Meetings

September 21 2021, Economic Development Committee Meeting

Learn more about the Economic Development Committee.

Discussion focused on:

  • Economic Development projects for 2022 budget. This discussion focused on the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC) REVISED proposal for Planning Services to Develop an Overlay District to the LI and OLI Zoning Districts. For background, view the video: "Township Planner Presentation on Rezoning the OLI & LI Districts."

    Members did not have the proposal to review at this meeting. The discussion focused on the process for approval of the proposal and how members of the EDC would be involved in the BCPC process if the proposal is approved by the BOS. They also discussed what an Overlay entails (see the Glossary). 

  • Members discussed possible new uses for the districts that the Overlay would allow. Restaurants were mentioned. They also discussed at length attracting new businesses such as science/technology startups. 

  • The EDC members also suggested that a survey of business owners in the districts should be done. To do that, they would need an accurate database of current owners and they suggested that the Newtown Emergency Services Department would have that information.

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September 20, 2021, Zoning Hearing Board

At its September 20, 2021, meeting, the Newtown Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) voted 4-1 to grant a special exception for the Wawa convenience store/gas station, which the Township did not oppose, but DENIED ALL VARIANCES by a 3-2 vote.

That means that the Wawa can operate at the proposed location on Lower Silver Lake Road, however it will be limited to 6 gas pumps (Wawa asked for 8), and there will be no signs other than what is allowed by the E-30 Special Exception ordinace. For more details about the signage variances requested, listen to the testimony: "Newtown Township Versus Wawa: Round 1, Signage."

The ZHB has 45 days from September 20, 2021 (i.e., until November 4) to issue its written decision and the Applicant will have 30 days from the date of the written decision to file an appeal to the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County if it chooses.

Per the ZHB solicitor, the ZHB votes on the Wawa application went as follows:

  • On the Special Exception: Wall, Cohen, Potero, and Vlastaris voted in favor. Iapalucci voted against.
  • On the Variances: Wall and Cohen voted in favor. Potero, Vlastaris, and Iapalucci voted against.

September 20 2021, Meet Mack Monday Zoom Meeting

Agenda items: Arcadia and Toll Bros Settlement

There were plenty criticisms of the new Toll Development plan to build 45 single family homes on approximately 158 acres of the All Saints Cemetery property located along Twining Bridge Road near its intersection with Durham Road (S.R. 413).

See my notes for this meeting for additional background and information.

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September 8 2021, Board of Supervisors

Agenda items: Report from Technology & Communications Committee, updates on Lower Dolington Road Trail, 2021 road work schedule, Newtown Shopping Center Traffic Study, opioid litigation, police report, more... Details available soon.

Meanwhile, download Mack's Notes from the 8 September 2021 BOS Meeting.

 
NOTE: As of September 8, 2021, 180 signatures of my hybrid public meetings petition have been collected. A list of 137 Newtown Twp residents who have signed this petition was submitted to all Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS). To help, please email* the supervisors and tell them it's time for Newtown to allow remote/online participation of residents in Newtown Township Board of Supervisors' meetings via Zoom or some other appropriate technology.
 
THE PETITION IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SIGNING HERE.

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