Middletown Township

Business E-News
Summer 2019
Comprehensive Plan Update

Middletown Township is updating its Comprehensive Plan.

A Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the community that details its objectives for the future. These include land development, transportation, accessibility, open space preservation, and economic development. It helps analyze the current status of the Township and will be used as a guide in decisions for capital projects, development, and grant opportunities.

One of the key elements of creating a Comprehensive Plan is community input. The document is expected to reflect the community's wishes for the Township, and Middletown businesses are an integral part of that. Residents and business are both encouraged to attend a public workshop at the Municipal Center on July 9th, beginning at 6 p.m., for a great opportunity to offer their thoughts and ideas on the future of Middletown.

Additionally, the Board of Supervisors has appointed a Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee as an advocate for the community during the planning process. Working with the planning professionals and Township staff, Committee members represent different segments of the community, both geographically and professionally. They include business leaders, heads of service organizations, and members of Middletown's advisory boards and commissions.

For regular updates on that planning process, additional information about the Committee members, and announcements of public engagement events, please visit the Township's Comprehensive Plan web page. Additionally, if you have questions or wish to provide input, you may contact Scott Sadowsky at 215-750-3800 x1176 or ssadowsky@middletownbucks.org .  
Community Updates
2019 Road Improvement Program

Road Construction Ahead sign with numerous barricades
Middletown Township's Annual Road Program has been awarded to General Asphalt Paving Company, and work is expected to begin this summer. The $1 million project will cover 10 roads over 3.4 miles, including the following:
  • Wheeler Way
  • Wheeler Court
  • Cabot Boulevard
  • Banks Road
  • Silverlake Road
  • Janney Terrace
  • Taylor Drive
  • Fite Terrace
  • Sunny Hill Road
  • Summit Trace Road
Paving will likely run through the fall. This is the sixth year of Middletown's Road Repaving Program. Since 2014, more than $10 million dollars have been invested in repairing and repaving over 62 miles of Township roads.
Getting Involved

Many businesses around the Township look for ways to get involved in the community. Several Middletown events offer opportunities for sponsorships, setting up exhibits, and donating to those in need.

The 8th Annual 4th of July Parade is approaching, and it is an excellent way to gain visibility in the community. The parade runs from Veterans Park (700 Veterans Highway) to Twin Oaks Park on Trenton Road. The event is one of the largest hosted by the Township each year, and businesses are welcome to sponsor or even march in the parade. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Director of Parks and Recreation Paul Kopera at pkopera@middletownbucks.org.

Another popular event is National Night Out, during which communities across the United States promote strong relationships with their local police departments. On August 6th, the Middletown Township Police Department will recognize the occasion by hosting a large block party at the Municipal Center parking lot. Families and neighbors will meet the Police Officers, view demonstrations, and interact with local businesses. Businesses may sponsor and have a table at the event. Those interested should contact Officer Melissa Robison at mrobison@mtpd.org.

Shop with a Cop is an annual program launched by the Middletown Township Police Department to help disadvantaged children purchase holiday presents for their families and loved ones. Each dollar donated goes directly toward the purchase of Target gift cards for the children to use at the event, and the children are each paired with a Police Officer to complete their holiday shopping. Shop with a Cop has grown considerably since its first year, and now Lower Southampton, Lower Makefield, Upper Makefield, Newtown Township, and Newtown Borough all partner with Middletown on the event. For questions about donations, please contact Officer Robison.
Park Improvements

Middletown has secured grants, received donations, and committed investments to improve the parks in the community. Some of the most significant improvements are taking place at the Community Park and Firefighters' Park.

For the Community Park, the Township received a grant of $250,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and a $353,000 grant from the Bucks County Open Space Program. These grants, paired with private donations and the Township's contribution, will transform the park, creating new and improved features. One of the first projects will be to build a new skate park, replacing the one that was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. The new 8,000 foot structure was designed by a local company, 5th Pocket Skateparks, and it will provide a great recreational outlet for youth in the community. New playground feature will include an improved surface, an interactive electronic activity wall programmed with sports challenges, and a seating area. The Township will also install new senior fitness equipment near the entrance that will offer social exercise for residents. Lastly, the park will see new walking paths that connect to nearby neighborhoods as well as Core Creek Park. In total, Community Park will receive nearly $1 million in upgrades between 2019 and 2020.

Firefighters' Park is also receiving several upgrades this year. Staff from the Department of Public Works recently finished an excellent job of rebuilding of the basketball court. A new playground will be added that has facilities for children of all ages. It also incorporates equipment and an improved walkway to provide accessibility for children with disabilities. The Township will repair the softball fields and add new backstops this summer.
Reminders for Businesses
Business Directory
Looking for an easy way for people to find your business? If you are located in Middletown, you can be listed on the Township website's business directory! Just follow the instructions to complete and return this form, and your business will be added.
Permits Needed
Businesses frequently ask the Department of Building & Zoning about what types of work require permits. Please see the list below.
  • Any new buildings or renovations
  • Fences
  • Demolitions
  • Grading
  • Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems
  • Temporary buildings and pre-fabricated structures
  • Signs - NOTE: Signs must be re-registered each year
For a complete list and permit applications, visit the Department's website. For additional questions, select Option 1 when calling 215-750-3800.
Other News and Segments
Building Permit Corner - Major Construction in the Township
Welcome to the Permit Corner, where you can find out about all the major construction projects throughout the community.
  • A Bank of America will soon begin construction in the Target shopping center
  • Fred Beans Ford and Kia has nearly completed its new Kia showroom
  • An Autowash car wash is currently under construction at the former location of Toys R Us, and it is expected to open later this year
  • The nine homes of Oakview Estates on Langhorne-Yardley Road, built by Stonehaven Homes, are nearing completion
  • The proposed development at the Stone Meadows Farm is scheduled to appear before the Planning Commission on June 5th in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center
  • Orchards Tract, a townhouse community on Woodbourne Road, is proposed by the construction company Lennar Corporation and was recommended for conditional preliminary approval by the Planning Commission. They will return to a future Planning Commission meeting to receive their final recommendation before seeking approval from the Board of Supervisors
  • A new Wawa has been proposed on Lincoln Highway near the ramps to I-95 and has received conditional preliminary approval from the Board of Supervisors. In the near future, they will appear before the Planning Commission, and later the Board again, for final approval
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Upcoming Events
June 26  - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

July 4  - 4th of July Parade, 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park

July 4  - Township Offices Closed for Independence Day

July 9  - Comprehensive Plan Public Workshop, 6 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

July 10  Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

July 15 -   Board of Supervisors meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

July 17  - Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Municipal Center

August 6 -   National Night Out, Municipal Center Parking Lot

August 12  - Board of Supervisors meeting, 7:30 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

September 2 -  Township offices closed for Labor Day

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