July 2021 e-Newsletter
Lower Gwynedd Township Upcoming Meetings & Events:
July 4
Independence Day
July 5
4th of July Observed-Offices Closed
July 7
July 8
July 14
July 20
July 21
July 27
General News
Normal Trash Collection July 5th
Republic Services will be operating their normal trash collection schedule on July 5th. The Independence Day holiday will not impact service, collection will be Monday and Thursday as usual. Please be sure to register your cell phone number with Republic so that you receive important updates regarding your service.
2021 Kiwanis Club of Ambler Fireworks Cancelled

The Kiwanis Club of Ambler will not be holding their annual 4th of July fireworks display this year.

Notice: Area Fireworks

We share this information about fireworks so that our nearby residents may prepare for the noise that could disturb children and pets.

  • Thursday, July 1st Cedarbrook Country Club starting at 9:00 PM. Rain Date- Monday July 6th
  • Friday, July 2nd Bluestone Country Club starting at 9:30 PM. Rain Date-TBD
  • Friday, July 2nd Blue Bell Country Club starting at 9:15 PM. No Rain Date
Pride Flag Raised

The LGBTQ+ Pride flag/banner will be raised on June 29th at 6pm. The ceremony will take place at 900 Sumneytown Pike in Lower Gwynedd. The flag is being raised as a symbol of inclusivity and support of the LGBTQ+ community. The banner will be on display in this location until July 22nd, 2021. The ceremony is open to the public.
Thursday, July 1
Summer Concert Series: Oxford Park 7/7/21 at 7pm

Fall Fest- September 26th
12-4pm Wissahickon H.S.
Join us for music, food trucks, amusements and more at the Lower Gwynedd Township Fall Fest! This event will be held on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 from 12pm until 4pm at the Wissahickon High School Stadium. We look forward to bringing our residents back together to celebrate the community as one!
Redevelopment on Bethlehem Pike
The Pike Restaurant, which has sat empty for longer than anyone can remember, is slated for redevelopment. The property owner recently submitted plans to demolish the restaurant and construct a new daycare facility in its place, the Goddard School. The plans also call for the renovation of the existing dwelling on the parcel. This building will be repurposed into a professional office. While the project is still in its infancy, engineering reviews are underway and zoning relief was granted to this application in June. Land development plans are under review by the Planning Commission at this time.

Boards & Committee Updates
At the June meeting, the Lower Gwynedd BOS presented their annual contribution of $30,000.00 to the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler (CAAA). The BOS thanked the CAAA for their service to the community. The Township Solicitor explained that in-person public meetings must now reconvene. Act 15 of 2020 gave the Township the ability to hold public meetings virtually, as provided for in Governor Wolf's emergency declaration, but that declaration has ended. Therefore, the Township will begin holding all public meetings in person. A hybrid option of virtual and in-person platforms will be offered for the BOS meetings only moving forward. The BOS also voted (4-1) to place the LGBTQ+ Pride flag/banner on the Township owned property at the corner of Sumneytown Pike (former Texaco station) to show inclusivity and support of the LGBTQ+ community. The banner will be displayed until July 22, 2021. In other business, the BOS authorized Township staff to solicit bids for an asphalt trail along Welsh Road between Llanfair Road an Lloyd Road. This trail will tie into the pedestrian bridge that was recently completed near the intersection of Welsh Road and Llanfair Road. The BOS will hold their next meeting on July 27, 2021 at 7pm at the Township Office located at 1130 N. Bethlehem Pike, Spring House. A virtual option will also be provided, login information will be available on the Township website.

At its June meeting, the EAC developed plans for distributing Spotted Lanternfly swatters, which are expected to be delivered by the end of June. Over the coming weeks, they will distribute these at the Township's summer concerts; they will also be available at the Township's community event planned for September 26th. Other opportunities for residents to get swatters will be publicized in the future. In addition, the EAC took initial steps in planning for two new programs, one to offer free trees to Township residents and another to highlight with signage the various stream crossings within the Township.  The EAC received an update on current standards related to allowable PFOS levels in water. They also finalized a reorganization of their subcommittees; formed a new subcommittee on Energy; and agreed to post this information on the website.

June Hearings-June 10, 2021:
1612 N Bethlehem Pike (Corner of Welsh Road & Bethlehem Pike): PO-Professional Office District; Applicant seeks variances for use, height, and setbacks to permit a luxury watch retail building in this location. Approved.

730 Meadowcreek Circle: A-1 Residential District; Applicant seeks a special exception to permit an in-law suite. Approved.

Decisions rendered in June from May Hearings:
1202 Hunt Seat Drive: A-Residential District; Applicant seeks relief to facilitate construction of a two-car detached garage, outdoor patio and related improvements accessory to a single-family dwelling. Approved.

820 Bethlehem Pike: Lower Pike Overlay & D-Business District; Applicant seeks relief necessary to permit a daycare center (Goddard School) and medical office. Approved.

July Hearings- July 8, 2021:
1032 N. Bethlehem Pike (Spring House Tavern): D-Business District; Applicant seeks a variance for a front yard setback requirement to permit the addition of a roof to an existing outdoor dining area/deck.
The following projects are currently under review by the PC at this time. The PC meets the third Wednesday of every month as needed. Please check the website for the most current agenda.

(#20-04) 301 Norristown Road Land Development (Gwynedd Estates-Acts): Multi-Family residential development that includes the addition of a new skilled nursing wing at the NE corner of the site and a reconfiguration of existing parking area while also adding new parking and subsurface stormwater management facilities.
Status: There has been no new activity with this application. It was not discussed at the June meeting and remains under review. 

(#21-01) 820 N. Bethlehem Pike (Goddard School) Land Development: Non-residential redevelopment of this property that will include the removal of the existing Pike Diner, construction of a new daycare center and the repurposing of an existing building into a professional office along with the associated site improvements.
Status: This plan was presented to PC at the June meeting. Discussion regarding access, parking, and traffic took place. Revisions required, will be back before the PC on July 21st if revisions are completed. Remains under review.
(#21-02) John’s Lane Subdivision: 6-lot single-family residential subdivision and land development. 
Status: This plan was presented to PC at the June meeting. Discussions regarding frontage improvements, stormwater management, tree removal, and waiver requests took place. Revisions required, will be back before the PC on July 21st, if revisions are completed. PC requested applicant report back with an arborist report, historic impact study, and trail information. Staff to provide information on curbing waivers for private roads. Remains under review.
The PRB will be upgrading the court surfaces at Penllyn Park this year. The bid for resurfacing was awarded to Top-A-Court LLC. This project is anticipated to begin in August of 2021, which means the park will be temporarily closed from the middle of August until October. Concerts in the park continue this month. Be sure to stop by on Wednesday, July 7th for Eric Mintel. Concerts start at 7pm at Oxford Park. The PRB also prepared a community survey! The survey will be available soon! 
Departmental Round-Up

The Township’s boards and committees will return to in-person meetings beginning in July, as the emergency declaration allowing virtual meetings has ended. Only the Board of Supervisors (BOS) meetings will have a hybrid option of in-person and virtual. For a full schedule of upcoming meetings please visit the Township website.

The Township administrative office will also reopen to the public beginning Monday, June 28th, 2021. Public is still encouraged to handle Township business electronically when possible.
Public Works

The 2021 Township Road Program is nearing completion. The scheduled roadways will be paved or micro-surfaced the last week of July.

The Public Works Department is still hiring seasonal workers. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, landscaping, road work, building maintenance, trash and recycling collection in the parks and any other such duties as the job may require. Employment will be from now until September on a Monday through Friday 7AM to 3 PM schedule. More Information.
 Lower Gwynedd Township
1130 North Bethlehem Pike
Spring House, PA 19477
Phone: (215) 646-5302
Next Month
Keep an eye out for our August issue!