|Planning Commission:||Bill Westhafer, Chairman, Andre von Hoyer, Vice Chairman, Michael Allen, Wendy Leland, Andy Motel, and Michael Churchill. Michael Richter arrived at 8 p.m.|
|Consultants:||Dan Mallach and Dan Wright, P.E..|
|Staff:||Linda M. Csete, Township Manager and Lisa Gardner, Recording Secretary|
Mrs. Leland announced former Township Supervisor and current Zoning Hearing Board member Robert Wert’s mother had just passed away at age 99.
Mr. Motel reviewed a number of proposed edits to the draft minutes which were accepted by the members. With those changes, Mr. Motel moved to approve the minutes of September 13, 2016 and Mr. von Hoyer seconded. Mr. Westhafer called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Mark Connolly, local resident and energy engineer, address the Commission tonight along with Mr. Mallach, in an attempt to finalize a draft for the Renewable Energy Ordinance. Mr. Connolly distributed a document entitled Draft-Solar Renewable Energy Ordinance Framework.
Mr. Mallach thanked Mr. Connolly for his input for TCA’s November 15, 2016 version and will return next month with a final draft.
Mr. Wright distributed a document entitled Parking Requirement Comparison. It reflected the gross floor area in square feet with regards to parking spots in Charlestown Township’s Parking Ordinance. Since New Castle County, Delaware, has a new and comprehensive parking ordinance, the Township’s figures were compared to New Castle’s.
Mr. Wright found two areas where the parking data reflected a need for ordinance revision. Category one was Restaurants, the second category was Community Facilities (schools, day cares, colleges, etc.). Mr. Wright is working on a more sophisticated formula to raise the Township’s low spreadsheet figures for the two areas.
Mr. Mallach discussed requirements and uses for parking spots, and how they may be incorporated into a draft ordinance. Mr. Kuhn raised the question, how can the Township incorporate a parking study requirement into a project that has already been approved.
Mr. Westhafer mentioned a fence on Rees Road, on lot 184 that does not comply with the ordinance. Discussion followed regarding the finish on the fence, screening or the lack of, and if the Township or the HOA was the enforcing entity. Mr. Wright will visit the JP Orlean’s site before the next Planning Commission meeting.
Mr. Allen updated Members on ongoing litigation with Spring Oak.
The future of the Design Review Committee was also discussed.
There being no further business, Mr. Westhafer adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.