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Sewer Authority Representatives Discuss Proposed Sewage Treatment Plant at #NewtownPA BOS Meeting

Warren Gormley, Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority (NBCJMA) Executive Director, and Gannett Fleming, Civil Engineer and member of the Authority Board, presented the NBCJMA’s plan for the construction of a sewage treatment facility on Lower Silver Lake Road.

The presentation lacked the detail of a recent presentation by Mr. Gormley before the Newtown Borough Council ( Consequently, I asked Mr. Fleming a few questions to fill in the gap with some details so that township residents would be informed.

I specifically asked about conforming to Newtown zoning, If you check the JMZO, a public utility operation under an F-1 use is allowed by Special Exception in the OR district. The key feature is that it can only occupy 10% of the total property. There was some confusion regarding what the 10% refers to. Here's what the JMZO says:

Public Utility Operating Facility. No facility nor projected area thereof as viewed in the plan view shall occupy more than 10% of the property on which it is located."

Neither Mr. Gormley nor Mr. Fleming was aware of this ordinance, which can be found here:

Supervisor Kyle Davis also had some questions regarding financing.


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