Nicholas Meats’ parking plan fails to gain approval

By WENDY STIVER

wstiver@lockhaven.com

LOGANTON — Nicholas Meats LLC plans to expand its parking, but the plan has yet to clear all the hurdles with local government.

A revised land development plan for Nicholas Meats’ proposed northeast parking lot came before the Greene Township supervisors, who held a special meeting about it Feb. 28.

The night before that meeting, the township planning commission reviewed what Nicholas Meats wanted to do. The commission members determined the plan does not meet local regulations. Their message to the township supervisors: Do not approve it.

The supervisors listened and acted accordingly.

Nicholas Meats is to receive a letter detailing why the plan is not yet up to snuff.

The company has a consultant writing the land development plan. It has been revised several times and sent in for review. Township engineer Kenneth R. Estep has reviewed the plan five times so far.

In November, he had 48 points that needed to be addressed.

The latest version of the plan came from the Nicholas Meats’ consultant at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27, the day of the planning commission meeting. Estep reviewed it and ended up with a list of 11 points.

This would seem like progress — except that one of his points is this: the plan needs to address 39 comments from the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Clinton County Conservation District.

Expanded parking of any sort for the plant should help with truck traffic, which residents and other drivers find frustrating. As it is, trucks are sometimes backed up on East Valley Road (Route 880) waiting to be checked in to the plant.

The northeast parking lot is to be built on 38 acres of former farmland on East Valley Road. Those acres have been rezoned to “industrial.” Trees there have been cut down, and the resulting lumber can be seen lying on the ground.

Estep’s list of significant issues with the plan include:

r Screening for the proposed parking lot needs to be higher than two feet.

r No infiltration testing was performed at the level of the bottom of the basins and infiltration volumes are based on incorrect information.

r The level spreaders planned will cause a concentrated flow of water onto the down-slope property, which is owned by somebody else.

r The slopes shown in the plan are too high, including slopes near property lines on the inside and outside of basin embankments.

r The plan does not have adequate specifications and detailing of the stormwater basin spillway, a trash rack which keeps large objects out of a pipe, and the proposed energy dissipation devices.

r The type of energy dissipation device shown in the plan is required to be installed on a level surface, but not all of these devices would be.

r An NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit is needed.

r A highway occupancy permit is needed.

r Holding tanks are required and have not been installed yet.

r The Nicholas Meats lots have to be consolidated because parking cannot be the main use of a lot if it serves a facility on another lot.

Estep also pointed out in his written comments that the Nicholas Meats consultant has not respected time frames and has forced the issue, in his opinion, by not asking for an extension. In Estep’s opinion, the consultant has “chosen a path of noncompliance.”

The township engineer also referred to Nicholas Meats LLC as a growing business in the community that should not have been placed in this position.

The ball is back in Nicholas Meats’ court, to take the land development plan back to the drawing board and eventually submit another revised version.

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