The Northampton County Court of Common Pleas has issued a decision that voids the Lower Saucon Township Zoning Ordinance Amendment that allowed Bethlehem Landfill to expand. In a detailed opinion, the Court granted the “procedural challenge” against the zoning amendment, finding that the Township failed to comply with the basic requirements for public notice of zoning amendments. As a result, the Court found the amendments to be void and of no effect.

The Citizens for Responsible Development issued this statement:

On behalf of citizens for responsible development-LST:

This is a tremendous victory for the Lehigh Valley.

Judge Kassis correctly ruled that Lower Saucon Township’s ordinance is invalid…. Protecting the 275 acres of beautiful forest from landfill destruction. 

All Lehigh valley residents can take a breath of fresh air knowing these 275 acres of forest have been saved.  Landfill warriors will continue the fight to protect these lands.  This is just the beginning.  Rest assured TOGETHER WE WILL WIN!

A tremendous thank you to our counsel Gary Asteak for his excellent representation in fighting for all that we love about the Lehigh Valley.  The D&L, the Lehigh River, fresh air, clean water, a beautiful community for all to enjoy for generations to come.

The fight isn’t over, and we stand ready. Let’s continue fighting for our communities and the places we call home!

A copy of the full court decision is available under the “Zoning Changes and Legal Filings” tab at:

We don’t expect the landfill to give up yet and neither will we. Your support is now more important than ever! You can find our Go Fund Me donation page at: