Newtown Township Supervisors Discuss Ways To Attract New Business to the Newtown Business Commons District | Newtown News of Interest |

At a recent Newtown Township Board of Supervisors meeting, local officials discussed ways to create a more business-friendly environment in the township. [See my notes from that meeting:]


The discussion comes on the heels of the first tax increase for the township in several years, brought on partly by losses in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Supervisors centered much of their discussion on the Light Industrial (LI) and Office-Light Industrial (O-LI) districts.


Supervisors also discussed the challenge of increasing the walkability of the business commons, which is currently lacking in sidewalks. Other options include allowing for more multi-family housing and expanding building heights to allow for more three and four-story buildings.


Planning Commission Chair Allen Fidler said the township could benefit from contracting with an economic development expert to identify types of uses that have been successful in neighboring communities "so we don't have to reinvent the wheel."