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Hampden Township holds first public meeting on proposed mixed-use zoning district

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Hampden Township officials will host the first of three public meetings tonight on a proposed mixed-use planning district partly aimed at attracting development.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Good Hope Middle School, 451 Skyport Road.

The project area generally consists of parcels adjacent to Carlisle Pike, Trindle Road and Simpson Ferry Road, the township has said.

"The exploration of new or revised zoning ordinances for the area has been a multi-year effort by the township aimed at attracting redevelopment and new development," Township Manager Keith Metts said in a letter to residents. "The project area's decades-old development patterns are a byproduct of dated and inflexible ordinances that often impedes modern redevelopment."

Some of the issues in the project area include traffic congestion, no pedestrian access, aging infrastructure and poor aesthetics, he added.

If the mixed-use zoning district is approved, it would allow for commercial and residential redevelopment in the southern portion of the township "in order to better serve the future needs of residents and business owners," Metts said.

Any rezoning would affect properties only when new development or redevelopment occurs.

Simone Collins Landscape Architecture, based in Norristown, has been retained by the township to manage the project, lead the public participation process and develop any ordinances for consideration.

Additional meetings are planned for June 24 and Oct. 2. Hampden Township hopes to adopt any rezoning ordinances by the end of the year, Metts said.

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