Mr. Richter welcomed Mr. Heleniak, the new Township Manager for Charlestown Township.
There are newsletters available tonight.
The September Board of Supervisors Meeting is Tuesday the 6th due to the Labor Day holiday.
Charlestown Day is September 24th.
Mr. von Hoyer moved to approve the minutes of June 14, 2022, and Mr. Richter seconded. Mr. Richter called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Comitta discussed the most recent July 12th revision to the draft Tree Protection Zoning Ordinance Amendment. He suggested sending it to the Solicitor for review, who will then send it to the Chester County Planning Commission for re-review. The recent 7/12/22 ordinance changes are the results from the PC’s subcommittee meeting reacting to the initial review comments of the Chester County Planning Commission.
Mr. Comitta stated some items focused on:
Mr. Richter moved to approve the recommendation of the Tree Protection Ordinance for review by Mr. Thompson for the Supervisors and Mr. Motel seconded. Mr. Richter called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Keffer, P.E. of Light-Heigel and Associates, Mr. Michael Davis, Mr. Timothy Dietrich, Esq., and Mr. Eric Strunk, were present to discuss the Beyond Meat Land Development Plan review comments by Township consultants. They are hoping for a September spot on the agenda for Preliminary Approval. However, they still have outstanding issues with the DEP and Turnpike. Mr. Boyle was also in attendance since they plan on buying a triangle-shaped lot belonging to him to increase maneuverability. The commitment to reduce potential adverse offsite impacts on the Spring Oak TND community was raised throughout the discussion.
R101B- The newest layout, included the preferred alignment and parking configured to minimize exposure to Spring Oak residents.
R101C- The approved 2005 Plan.
R101A- The existing as is site.
C05- Due to the owner not liking the electric power lines coming into the building as portrayed, new service lines are proposed from the west. But it moves a nearby driveway and moves 5 parking spots to the other side on the east against the building. The emergency access road was not adjusted.
C50- Shown since the above change caused a change in lighting on C50.
(At this time Mr. Comitta left the meeting.)
- The light packs are dimmable and height adjustable. There will be circuits set up to manage restrictive controls.
Mr. Wright questioned Mr. Keffer about the need for the additional 5 spaces to be relocated. Since the plant parking is sufficient, the spots will be held in reserve, with stormwater data including them as active. This will keep the parking lot clearer, less congested.
- Curbing requirements as mentioned in #6 - will comply.
- A timetable will be provided (#14).
- They will comply with stormwater changes and a waiver will be requested. Mr. Wright wants to meet with the applicant’s hydraulic engineer to discuss other possibilities.
- Will comply #25 and add detail to the Plans.
- There will be no opposition to the waiver referred to on #33.
- Details will be added to the Plans on #34.
- #36 is a will comply by adding a standard operation and maintenance agreement for stormwater management.
- #42 was discussed. BMPs, a retaining wall, a design revision, or an inverted T wall are possibilities. Mr. Wright wants to meet to discuss this item.
- #56 the detail will be updated for compliance, including the SoilMax curtain wall.
Questions before closing:
Mr. Westhafer asked about the entrance drive safety concerns. This is a repeated topic of his concern. Beyond Meat stills says they do not own that land and discussion with the owner is not foreseeable. Per Mr. Keffer, the owner’s intent is in the way of what the Township may want Beyond Meat to accomplish.
Mr. Allen asked about C-08 that referenced a 50’ wide strip to remain undeveloped for possible Township development, but it needs to have dimensions and be documented. That was a will comply.
Ms. Fillippo wondered what the rationale was to expand when the company reflected a downturn in her latest research.
Mr. von Hoyer requested that Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. investigate the flow around the post office and Beyond Meat. Mr. Heleniak will call TPD.
Mr. Wright stated there was a real willingness for the Township to meet with Beyond Meat quickly to allow the applicant to attain their goal of Preliminary Plan Approval in September. Mr. Wright believes there will be an engineering meeting next week and an elevation and architecture meeting the following week. Much has been resolved but many details need to be worked out, some being stormwater related. Ground-breaking is estimated in spring 2023.
Mrs. Csete introduced the revised draft of the amendment to the Conditional Use Section. While the PC had made a recommendation in June, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Heleniak revisited it. They propose amending the requirement for notice before “any meeting or hearing” to be notice prior to the first appearance at the Planning Commission and the first scheduled hearing. While the old ordinance states “any meeting”, in practice the Township only required it before the first appearance at a meeting or hearing. The new revision is in keeping with that.
Mr. Motel moved to approve the revision to the language for the Conditional Use Section regarding the requirement for notice. Mr. Richter seconded and called for discussion. There being none Mr. Richter called the vote. All were in favor.
Adjournment was at 8:30 p.m.
The next meeting will be on September 13th at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154, in Malvern PA.