Mr. Westhafer opened the floor to nominations. Mr. von Hoyer nominated Mr. Westhafer for the position of Chairman of the Planning Commission. Mr. Richter seconded. There were no further nominations. Mr. Westhafer closed the nominations. Mr. Westhafer called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Westhafer opened the floor to nominations. Mr. Motel nominated Mr. von Hoyer for Vice Chairman of the Planning Commission, and Mr. Richter seconded. Mr. Westhafer closed the nominations. Mr. Westhafer called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Motel moved to approve the minutes of November 14, 2017, and Mr. von Hoyer seconded. Mr. Westhafer called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor. There was no December meeting.
Mr. Daniel Sechrist, Mr. David Schnackenberg, and Mr. Joseph Craft, from Allan Myers Inc., were present to discuss the Land Development Plan submitted December 20, 2017. It proposes to replace two structures, a scale house and an office trailer, on the 87.74-acre Devault Quarry property.
Mr. Sechrist displayed the Land Development Plan dated 12/18/17. His goal was to receive a recommendations from the Commission to proceed to the Board for approval of the Preliminary/Final Plan.
He discussed a simple removal of two old structures and then 2 almost identical in size buildings will be built in their place. The square footage is only increasing by 82 more feet. There will be no increase in lighting and only a 6-foot elevation increase for the units. He did not address the noise increase question raised by Mr. Richter.
Mr. Wright’s discussion points:
Mr. Churchill moved to recommend approval of the Allan Myers, Inc., Preliminary/Final Plan to the Board of Supervisors and Mrs. Leland seconded. Mr. Westhafer called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Nick Vastardis of Chester Valley Engineers and Mr. George Meyer of 2227 Bodine Road were present to discuss Mr. Meyer’s Sketch Plan for a 6-lot subdivision. The tract size is 23.8 acres on tax parcel #35-3-4. This is the fifth Sketch Plan review for Mr. Meyer since 2003.
Mr. Vastardis displayed the latest Meyer Sketch Plan dated November 22, 2017 and Mr. Meyer discussed the following in an attempt to gain information and comments from those in attendance.
Mr. Wright addressed unresolved comments from his review letter dated December 7, 2017.
Mr. Wright suggested possible curbing for the proposed non-dedicated private road to prevent stormwater problems. He also frequently reminded all present, that the County’s requirements for stormwater control promise improvement over current conditions.
Mr. Meyer was surprised that he may need to provide funds to improve a Township road. However, audience members quickly stated that a small part of Bodine Road was actually state owned. A map portrayed an approximate 250 feet stretch of Bodine Road, between Foster Road to Seven Oaks Road, marked as state road. Mr. Wright will verify this finding.
Also, the new access road creates a four-way intersection. Mr. and Mrs. Walsh, neighbors of Mr. Meyer commented:
Mr. Meyer pointed out the positives of his newest Sketch Plan.
Members informed the Walshs that they could not require anything regarding spacing other than the applicant opting for conventional 80,000 sq. ft. lots (net) via a conditional use process; otherwise the cluster ordinance applies in this situation. The Greeneys also stated they are having trouble with stormwater runoff.
Mr. Comitta discussed points from his review letter dated December 27, 2017.
Mr. Comitta stated that the applicant will need an Environmental Impact Plan to file with this Plan. They will need to prove the merits of this plan as being the better plan rather than using the conventional option, verifying that the best layout is this one. Mr. Comitta verified that the HOA will maintain the Open Space. There should be no need for street lighting, unless specified by PennDOT just for the intersection. Mr. Motel wanted Mr. Meyer to be watchful of the shape, size, and plantings within the bulb of the cul-de-sac, so that emergency vehicles and delivery trucks could easily maneuver.
Mr. Dan Daley of E.B. Walsh & Associates and Wendy McLean, Esq. were present to discuss Dr. Andersen’s Sketch Plan for a 2-lot subdivision. The Andersens were not in attendance. The tract size is 13.366 acres, tax parcel #35-1-16.
Mr. Daley displayed the Andersen Sketch Plan and distributed Google Earth photos to the Members. He stated that they would comply with the entire Advanced GeoServices letter dated December 22, 2017. Other discussion points followed:
Mrs. Leland provided an update to the ongoing revisions of the Regional Comprehensive Plan. Three chapters were circulated via email for comments, including revisions to Chapter 3 - Land Use Plan, Chapter 4 - Environmental Resources Plan, and Chapter 5 - Energy Conservation Plan. Small streams that flow into the Pickering Creek will be named, and more public forums are planned. The process should conclude by the end of 2018.
Mr. Comitta distributed Section 27-1809 (Zoning) for Members to review for the February meeting. The proposed edits to General Uses and Standards will be further discussed at the March Planning Commission Meeting along with Steep Slope and Flood Hazard Areas. In April they will discuss Explicit Uses and Standards criteria, plus other Conditional Uses.
The Planning Commission discussed a possible Strategic Planning Session with the Board of Supervisors, but suggested a road tour first. Suggested stops were the Quarry, the Dixon project, and Bodine Road.
Mrs. Csete and Mrs. Leland will attend a Great Valley School District Meeting along with representatives from the other municipalities in the District to address the impact of future development, including the Atwater development, on school district lines and capacity.
Mrs. Leland wants to resume discussions with the Grange.
Any documents referred to in the minutes are available to the public upon request to the Township office.
There being no further business, Mr. Westhafer adjourned the meeting at 9:25 p.m.