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LMRA

LMRA is a not-for profit association dedicated to preserving, promoting, and enhancing the quality of life in Lower Milford Township. We are not associated with any government, or corporate entity. We believe that a well informed resident when cooperating with other residents is the most powerful way to ensure a great Township to live in.

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Membership

We need your support to continue fighting for our quality of life. This year will be critical in our fight with Geryville Materials as they litigate the remaining Zoning Board Hearing and appeal the local decisions to the courts.

Renewing membership or joining early in the year, helps us plan our strategy for the remainder of the year

If you have not renewed or joined please consider doing so.

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Volunteer

Help us fight for Lower Milford Township.

You can help with fundraisers, programs, publicity, and leadership.Sign up here to help LMRA. Spend as much time as you would like.

If you would like to download a Volunteer Form, you can download it here. Fill it out and send it to us.

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News

This section presents news of interest to Lower Milford Township residents that is consistent with the mission of LMRA.

 

  • A key challenge to our Township is the proposed development of a 628  acre quarry on West Mill Rd. Because of the significant threat to the community, summaries are present here but more detailed coverage can be found at the Crush the Quarry site.
  • News not directly involving the Township but affecting residents, e.g., Southern Lehigh Schools, Lehigh Valley, State issues can be found at other sites such as the Morning Call and the excellent Upper Saucon Patch.

 

 



Quarry Update Print E-mail
Written by Lori Sickenberger   
Sunday, 16 October 2016 21:16

After a prolonged period of hearing postponements, Zoning Hearings have started up again.  Geryville Materials (GM) is wrapping up their testimony before the Township Zoning Hearing board.  Once their testimony is completed, the Township and the LMRA will have the opportunity to give testimony and present arguments against the quarry.  LMRA board members are frequently asked, “When will this quarry battle be over?”  It’s a good question, and a difficult one to answer.  Why?  This quarry battle has been a lengthy, complex legal procedure.  Since 2004, Geryville Materials filed multiple applications with the Township.  All application arguments must be heard by the appropriate township boards and legal decisions/rulings made.  The major applications/challenges and their status are as follows:

August 2004:  GM filed a Special Exception with the Zoning Hearing Board to quarry 628 acres of land.  They abandoned this application request in July 2009.  Special exception request closed.

November 2004: GM filed a Curative Amendment Substantive Challenge with the Board of Supervisors for 628 acres of land, seeking relief from the township’s “restrictive” zoning ordinances.  This challenge was denied by the Board of Supervisors in February 2012, and appealed all the way to the PA Supreme Court.  In December 2014, the PA Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal, thereby closing the case, Curative Amendment denied.

June 2009:  GM filed a preliminary Land Development Plan with the Planning Commission for an 84+ acre quarry.  The Planning Commission denied the plan in September 2011.  Geryville appealed to the higher courts. In July 2014, the courts ruled that the Planning Commission must accept the preliminary plan and included 25 conditions that must be met before the final plan can be accepted.  One of these conditions is GM must receive zoning approval for a quarry, which they still have not obtained.

 

September 2009:  GM filed a Special Exception application with the Zoning Hearing Board for 84+ acre quarry.  This application is still being heard before the Zoning Hearing Board.  As testimony is ongoing, no decision has been made.  However, once a decision is made by the Zoning Hearing Board, all parties will have the rights to appeal the decision before the higher courts.  The appeal process with the higher courts could take several years.

The next Zoning Hearing is on October 20, 2016 at 7 pm at the Township building.  Hearings are open to the public.

 
Meals On Wheels Recognizes LMRA

Meals on Wheels sent LMRA a Certificate of Appreciation for helping in the Blizzard Bag campaign. This was a tough year for them in they had to add $2000 to send Blizzard Bags to their shut-ins. Nonethe less, donations such as LMRA's and other groups enabled Meals on Wheels to send out 1550 hot meals with the money they saved.  Again, thanks to LMRA members.

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LMRA Now a Not-for-Profit Association

Dear LMRA Members and Friends. . .

The LMRA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that as an organization we recently received a long-awaited document from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

. . .our designation as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.   What does that mean for us as an organization and for you as an individual?  Here are a few points of information:

  • We are designated as a non-profit organization.
  • Donations to LMRA may be regarded as donations to a charity and are tax-deductible as such.
  • Your membership dues and your personal donations may be tax deductible.
  • Donations from businesses may be tax deductible.

The primary purpose of the LMRA is to promote and protect the quality of life for all residents in and around the Lower Milford Township community by facilitating the preservation of prime agriculture and farmland, promoting the protection of natural, scenic and historic values in the environment and promoting and facilitating reasonable land use and growth management practices within the Township and the surrounding community, protecting and facilitating property values within the Township, and educating the public regarding the above described quality of life issues as necessary to promote a coordinated and informed local community.

When situations arise that can challenge the Township adversely, LMRA may take more direct measures, whether legal, persuasive, or other strategies that are consistent with our mission and remain within the guidelines of our 501(c)(3) status.

If you are considering a charitable donation this year, would you please consider LMRA as your recipient? Your charitable donations will help keep our backyard rural, clean, and pristine for the greater good of all. This will benefit all our residents by allowing them to enjoy the tranquil country environment that make Lower Milford Township such a great place to live.

If you know businesses that make donations or matching gift contributions, please ask them to give to LMRA.  Our mission statement and activities are listed on this website and our website at www.crushthequarry.org.  We can supply additional information as needed.

Individuals and businesses will receive documentation for tax records. Feel free to forward this letter to friends who concur with the purposes and mission of LMRA.

 

 

With best wishes. . . LMRA Board of Directors

 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2012 12:32
 
Pa Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Geryville Materials Appeal

Court RulingOn March 6, 2013, the Pa Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Geryville Materials regarding the Zoning Board rejection of their application for a special exception to build a 268+ acre quarry at West Mill Hill Rd and Kings Highway. This ends the legal battle about the 2004 special exception application. After almost 9 years of legal wrangling and two appeals, the Zoning Board's decision was vindicated.

There remains a sole application to build a smaller quarry before the Zoning Board. Hopefully, this will be resolved in Lower Milford Township's favor supporting the right of our residents to life by ordinances that does not ruin our quality of life.

 



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