Sugarbooke site plan

Sugarbrooke site plan (Source: Peters Township)

A new residential development proposed for Peters Township calls for 33 homes selling for more than half a million dollars each.

Peters Township Council Monday approved the preliminary plan for the 28.6-acre Sugarbrooke, off Sugar Camp Road across the street from its intersection with Brookwood Road.

Nineteen of the lots are designated for patio homes, which feature first-floor master bedrooms, and the other 14 are for more traditional single-family homes. Pricing will range from $500,000-plus for the former and $700,000-plus for the latter, according to a report to council from the township planning department.

Developer Galway Land Partners LP is being assessed a $1,500 traffic impact fee for each new lot.

“The intersection of Brookwood and Sugar Camp roads is identified in our traffic fee impact program as needing eventually an intersection improvement,” township manager Paul Lauer said at the council meeting. “What was shown in the original drawing was a roundabout, but that is not the only solution that is possible there.”

Instead, the recommendation at this point is for an eventual widening of Sugar Camp and installation of right- and left-turn lanes. Open space abutting the street is to be dedicated to the township.

“What we’re going to do is create easements and an obligation for the homeowners’ association to maintain the landscaping on this, as they would with an open space,” Lauer said, “but at the same time reserve the right at some future date to be able to use that parcel to do improvements along Sugar Camp Road.”

Sugarbrooke is to include three interior streets, one of which will end in a temporary cul-de-sac designed to accommodate a future connection to Marie Drive, which in turn provides a second means of access to the development, from Bebout Road.

Plans also call for pedestrian access to Arrowhead Trail, although the Sugarbrooke property currently does not abut the township-owned recreational path.

“We’re working with this adjacent property owner to see whether or not this is possible,” Lauer said.

In March, the township planning commission voted to recommend council’s approval of the preliminary plan with 24 conditions, about half of which have been met to this point.

Council’s action calls for two more conditions: the Marie Drive connection, plus installation of a streetlight at the development’s entrance off Sugar Camp Road.

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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