Mrs. Bednar, the newest member of the Board of Supervisors, was introduced to the audience by Mrs. Csete.
Mr. Allen moved to approve the minutes of May 8, 2018 with a minor edit, and Mr. Richter seconded. Mr. Westhafer called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. and Mrs. Lance and Victoria McCue of 32 Hillsover Lane were present to discuss a lot line change for their two parcels totaling 92.8 acres. They would like to redistribute the land, probably to a 56/36 acre division.
They will live on the smaller lot and expect to sell the larger lot. They are currently under easement with the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, but nothing has changed regarding the conservancy. Although Mrs. McCue has contacted them, they have not responded to her most recent attempt. This is a preliminary change; they want to keep the change somewhat flexible for the sale. When they return, they will bring a permit plan and an overhead Google Earth photo. The Planning Commission saw no issue with the plan intent.
Mr. Ben Thompson was present to further discuss proposed lot line changes to his approved Preliminary Plan. He wishes to keep the golf course functional. His review, using an older map in need of updating, stated that he has conserved 372 acres, and has 23 building areas, 20 being for new homes. His overview included the need for screening, minor trail suggestions, dual applications to the Chester County Conservation District (since the development is in Schuylkill and Charlestown Townships), plus he mentioned the golf industry and stormwater management. The following lots were discussed in more detail (Lot #6 is 2.4 acres, Lot #19 is 3.79 acres, Lot # 20 is 2.37 acres, and Lot # 21 is 5.26 acres).
Mr. Thompson returned tonight for these goals:
Mr. Allen asked Mr. Thompson to consider that the rear of some houses would back up to a driveway and not to the other homes already established (as in the first Plan). Members felt this change should be thoroughly discussed with those neighbors. Mr. Churchill questioned Mr. Thompson about handling the stormwater on the road extension he is proposing. Mr. Churchill suggested asking the Board’s opinion before spending engineering money on a waiver that could be denied.
Mr. Thompson had several reasons why he preferred the driveway in back of the homes vs. the preference of some of the Members, that wanted the back yards abutting:
Overall Members were pleased with the newest version due to:
Further Member comments:
For the waiver, Mr. Thompson was advised to talk to the Board after gathering some stormwater data (for the proposed extension). He was reminded to be careful about how much engineering money he spends at this point, since the Board can deny the waiver. The Board could deny it, and the money would be wasted. The waiver for the for the cul-de-sac extension must be part of the Land Development, so tonight Members could not officially recommend it. Mr. Thompson will get on the next Board Agenda to see about the extension and the easement for the Mine Road emergency access.
Mr. Comitta provided a recap of last month’s progress. He mentioned Mr. Mark Thompson’s statement in analysis of the recommended changes to the conditional use standards in the zoning ordinance, as well as the specific conditional uses permitted in each zoning district. In an email dated June 11, 2018, Mr. Thompson stated the standards are generally consistent with other zoning ordinances he has reviewed. He agreed with all the strike-outs and additions to Section 27-1809.
It was recommended to remove from FR, the agreed upon uses of Private Club for recreational purposes and Convalescent or Nursing Homes. The use of Motor Vehicle Service Station needs to be decided. Uses permitted in I/O/B were also discussed as were uses that should be better defined such as manufacturing. Better definitions will be drafted, solar farms will be blocked.
The Planning Commission continued its review of the draft Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan, which will also serve as the Charlestown Township Comprehensive Plan. The PRPC is reviewing part of the 10 chapters each month in preparation for their public meeting introducing the Plan in August. It was suggested that each member municipality review 2 chapters per month leading up to that meeting.
Tonight, the Planning Commission reviewed Chapters 4 and 5 and had the following comments:
Mr. Comitta and Mr. Wright discussed Steep Slope Standards and Criteria via phone and will draft the ideas that are typically given to applicants when proposing something in Steep Slopes. Members felt chapters 4 & 5 were well written and complete. A few suggestions are noted below.
Mr. Westhafer asked about Chapter 5 Renewable Energy Systems. Mr. Kuhn stated that the residents would spend much more for electric if the Township participated in this 100%, but it had been considered by the Board.
Ms. Leland announced that there is a Community Workshop on Wednesday, August 29, from 7-9 p.m. at the Kimberton Fire Company to review and comment on a preliminary draft of future plans and policies of the Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee.
Ms. Leland will forward to Mr. Comitta, chapters 6-10 that she has already reviewed for the Comprehensive Plan.
Ms. Leland distributed a map of a proposed plan near Paradise Street in Phoenixville, for 550 dwellings and 150 parking spots on 50 acres. This proposal was not accepted.
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 9:33 p.m.