Mr. Walker stated that the first Regional Trail meeting was held and focused on two items. Connection of the Devault Trail to the Ice Dam Trail and secondly the Horseshoe Trail coming off the roadways (by acquiring easements, etc.). After much discussion, it was decided that:
Mr. Motel moved to approve the minutes of February 8, 2022, and Mr. Rodgers seconded. Mr. Richter called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mrs. Csete obtained signatures and executed the Martellucci Component 4-A at tonight’s meeting.
Mrs. Csete asked Members if they had any comments after their review. She displayed a map with mainly rural adjacent land to Charlestown. The Members had no comments for West Whiteland Township.
Mr. Comitta presented the finalized language for the proposed amendments. He suggested the PC forward the draft to the Board for review and Mr. Thompson contact the CCPC for the required review and commenting.
The difficulty arose in drafting an ordinance that replaced the metrics of tree replacement since the cost of replacement could get very high. It was also difficult to place any retrospective surveillance on a property that may have planned to avoid any ordinance restrictions. However, the highlight of this draft was the care and precision taken in listing the plantings and then grouping them.
Mr. Allen, Ms. McLean, Mr. Motel, and Mr. Richter were pleased with the updated version. Mr. Allen questioned the necessity of listing only native trees (non-native trees have no pollinator matching). Ms. McLean reminded them that this list is for street trees only.
Mr. Motel moved to recommend to the Board approval of the amendments - Tree Protection: Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance Amendments of March 2, 2022. Mr. Walker seconded. Mr. Richter called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Discussion followed regarding tree replacement, logging/clearing, legalities, and culpability. Ms. Jill Green discussed tree replacement after equipment showed up on a neighboring property in November of 2020. A home was planned on a lot with a steep slope and near a quarry. Due to a change in ownership and significant logging that finished in January of 2021, the 9 acres is now a stormwater problem for her and she has had damage to her property.
Ms. McLean stated that the County’s response to this situation was that no permit was triggered or issued due to the size of the property being under 25 acres. Logging is permittable in all counties of the state. Ms. McLean will call the County again regarding the dates to clarify. Townships may provide guidelines but not prevent timber harvesting or add costs to deter it. She provided a handout called Natural Resource Protection Standards. Discussion continued regarding private recourse, new ownership, land disturbance, research, and a new proposed 3-lot subdivision.
Any documents referred to in the minutes are available to the public upon request to the Township office.
There being no further business, Mr. Richter adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m. The next meeting will be held on April 12th at 7 p.m. at the Great Valley Middle School.