Sergeantsville growth

Sergeantsville is changing.

Recently, the Planning Board approved two major subdivisions on the edge of our historic village, once known as Skunktown.

One is a 12-lot development being built on the Mummey property.  It is part of their 100-acre farm on the east side of Rittenhouse Road, heading towards Dilts Farm.  The application began on June 1st, 2004 and continued until November 2004, when the Planning Board granted preliminary subdivision approval.  The new entry road for this development will meet Rittenhouse near Granary Road and go straight back to a cul-de-sac.  The Planning Board required that the Mummeys (dba Bellsflower) also construct a stub road that will be built to the north and would connect to any potential future development on the tract of land to the north of the Mummeys.Despite the fact that this property is adjacent to the village, it is not in the service area for the sewage treatment plant so the houses will all have their own septic systems and wells.  The Mummeys testified that the houses will be approximately 3000 square feet and will be designed in the Victorian style, similar to many of the existing homes in the village.

The second major development is on property owned by Siegfried and Klara Braun.  It’s basically across the street from the Mummey development also on Rittenhouse Road.  The Planning Board approved a 10-lot subdivision there in May of this year.  The new road, to be built by the developer, Van Holten Group, will be a through road from Rittenhouse to Rte 523.  It will exit on Rittenhouse just south of the Mummey development road and will exit onto 523 just south of the white farm house.  The property wraps around the parcel where the white farmhouse sits.  Like the Mummey development, these new houses will also have individual septic systems and wells.

During both of these hearings, there were comments from neighbors about traffic and schools.  Christine Lahners, the abutting neighbor to the west expressed particular concern about the width, location, and need for the through road.  The Planning Board likes through roads because they disperse the traffic better.  There were also questions about the validity of the educational impact studies. Larry Wohl, liaison from the School Board, questioned the “student-per-house” formula used by the developer’s expert witness.