Nuangola Borough Adopts New Subdivision Ordinance

Having failed to muster a quorum in July, Nuangola Council members convened a special meeting on August 1 to meet a deadline to adopt the new Subdivision and Land Use Ordinance.

Council President Joseph Tucker advised that planning consultant Jack Varaly had overseen the update of the borough ordinance with the planning commission.

Varaly explained that the planning commission reviewed the existing document and decided to include a conservation by design option for future land use plans. He said that in addition to the borough’s planners, “the ordinance went through Luzerne County review and a public hearing was held in June.”

At that meeting, Varaly reported that the design procedure will be available to lots of 10 plus acres in size. The developer can trade off conserving a percentage of the property to remain untouched in return for being able to create smaller home sites in clusters, thereby reducing the amount of infrastructure. This reduces the cost of development and the cost of long-term maintenance for the municipality.

At the early August session, the planner also noted that a Conservation Design Overlay District has to be inserted into the Zoning Ordinance. This new zoning district defines those areas where the conservation protocols have been implemented. “The second ordinance is a companion to the changes to the Subdivision Ordinance,” Varaly remarked.

The 2 ordinances were approved unanimously.

In other business, it was announced that contact has been made with owners of deteriorating properties in the borough. Both Tucker and Councilor Michael Johnson have toured the properties which display a total absence of maintenance, and constitute a very real threat to public safety.

“We sent out both certified letters and letters by U. S. mail. We gave them 10 days to commence repairs and 30 days to complete them,” Johnson stated. Both men received contacts from the property owners, they said, several of whom said that they intend to demolish the structures. In those cases they agreed to allow 90 days to complete that process.

Connections with residents owing delinquent refuse fees have improved considerably, reported Secretary-Treasurer Sabina Thomas. She advised that her research –with the able assistance of councilors Regina