Mr. Motel welcomed Ms. McLean back to the monthly meeting.
Mr. von Hoyer moved to approve the July 22, 2023, Planning Commission meeting minutes, and Mr. Rogers seconded. Mr. Richter called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Bill Davison and Mr. Andew Miller of Hopkins and Scott, LLC, attended to discuss the Preliminary/Final Plan for Chucktown LLC. The property lies on the south side of Phoenixville Pike, west of the PA Turnpike. It is ~.75 of an acre and is zoned for Office/Warehouse (35-4-98.1). Mr. Davison proposes a 5,100 sq. ft. building in the NC-1 district. The site can be served by public water and onsite sewer.
The entire letter received a will comply. The 22′ walls and pitch of the metal roof were discussed. The roof is not visible from the road.
The County review letter suggested a sidewalk although PC Members didn’t believe there was a suitable spot for one. Mr. Davison said people are already walking through the area and perhaps it would be a future improvement. He also is pleased that the County recognized the Rails to Trails possible connection nearby.
Mr. Davison expects to return to the Township with septic information. There was a request by the applicant to waive the Conditional Use Hearing process, but this is a requirement that can’t be waived. Ms. McLean believed that there wouldn’t be a large number of items to address, especially after the litigation and sewer were finalized.
Mr. Walker suggested a sidewalk Fee-in Lieu and a discussion followed.
Mr. Heleniak stated that tonight’s draft of the Small Wireless Facilities Ordinance was taken from a longer version of an ordinance from a nearby township. Mr. Comitta and Mr. Thompson have reviewed it, made deletions, reformatted it, and presented a more succinct version for the PC to review tonight.
Ms. McLean told the Manager and PC that she didn’t think it belonged in the Zoning Ordinance as originally discussed. She suggested that the ordinance be a stand-alone ordinance since it had different penalties, timelines, and enforcements. It would be easier to navigate waivers, and be more user-friendly, with faster enforcement not being within the Zoning Ordinance. She will discuss this with Mr. Thompson but felt it was inconsistent with zoning provisions.
Mr. Rogers moved to recommend adopting the Small Wireless Facilities Ordinance, after further discussion between Ms. McLean and Mr. Thompson regarding it as a general ordinance within the Township Code. Mr. Richter seconded. He called for discussion and there being none called the vote. All were in favor.
There being no further business, Mr. Richter adjourned the meeting at 7:46 p.m. The next meeting will be held on September 12, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at 11 General Warren Blvd., Suite 1, Malvern, PA.