Quakertown borough council listened to a public presentation of the master plan for "Krupp Park" at Monday’s workshop meeting.
Currently an open section of land within Memorial Park, the plan proposes the development of the 12-acre area into a park that would provide numerous passive recreational activities for the community.
Presented by the Krupp Property Development Steering committee, the proposed park site would include a new permanent band shell with graded lawn seating, natural areas that would include a pond with gazebo, meadow and butterfly garden areas. The purpose of the presentation was to seek public comment on the proposed park, and to ask the council for initial consent to present a final report for the initial proposal at the Sept. 7 council meeting.
If the initial report is approved, the committee can begin applying for grant funding from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Department of Conservation and National Resources (DCNR).
Council continued discussing a proposed "Green Points" policy, and scheduled a vote on the program for the Sept. 7 meeting.
The Green Building Incentive Program is designed to encourage cost effective and sustainable building methods that conserve fossil fuels, water, and other natural resources, and to promote the reuse and recycling of construction materials and reduce solid waste. If passed, this voluntary program would offer financial incentives in the form of building permit fee reductions for new commercial and residential construction as well as additions and interior remodels.
Builders could earn the fee reductions by utilizing energy efficient practices in many areas of the building process including framing, insulation, landscaping, and heating and cooling. The proposed plan includes point values for specific, energy saving procedures within these areas.
Builders would earn a one percent reduction for every point earned, with a maximum of 50 percent fee reduction.