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Minutes 01-20-15

Planning Commission
Minutes 01-20-15

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PLANNING COMMISSION:                                                LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP

REGULAR MEETING:                                                                       JANUARY 20, 2015

The following were in ATTENDANCE:

PLANNING COMMISSION                                   TOWNSHIP PERSONNEL
Geir Magnusson, Vice-Chairman                        Daniel Flint, Community Development
Dr. Jean Dyszel, Secretary                                  Peddrick M. Young Sr., Commissioner
Brian Wickenheiser                                            Julie Echterling, Recording Secretary
Samuel T. Bashore
Michael Washburn                                                   CUMBERLAND COUNTY
                                                                                Steve Hoffman
ABSENT
Brett McCreary, Chairman
Patricia Hall

Mr. Flint called the January 20, 2015 Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission to order at 7:00 pm.

SWEARING IN REAPPOINTED COMMISSION MEMBERS
Staci Morgan swore in Brian Wickenheiser and Samuel T. Bashore as members of the Planning Commission.

REORGANIZATION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
Election of Chairperson
Mr. MAGNUSSON made a motion to nominate Brett McCreary as Chairperson of the Planning Commission. Mr. WICKENHEISER seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Election of Vice-Chairperson
Mr. BASHORE made a motion to nominate Geir Magnusson as Vice Chairperson of the Planning Commission. Dr. DYSZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Election of Secretary
Mr. MAGNUSSON made a motion to nominate Dr. Jean Dyszel as Secretary of the Planning Commission. Mr. WICKENHEISER seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Approval of Minutes
Mr. BASHORE made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 16, 2014 meeting. Mr. BASHORE seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0

NEW BUSINESS
SLD Docket No. No. 2015-01: 2404 Gettysburg Road Building Expansion: Proposed construction of a 42,961 square foot warehouse addition to an existing 124,901 square foot warehouse building.
Mr. Adam Davis, Kurowski & Wilson, discussed the proposed expansion of the warehouse. He discussed the additional loading docks and employee parking. He stated that adjustments will be made for stormwater management based on the Township’s comments. He stated they are in discussions with the Authority and will be making some improvements to the sewer system. He stated they are asking for two waivers for the plan.

Township Staff Comments
Mr. Flint stated most of the comments are minor in nature. He discussed comment eight under Stormwater Management to consider use of the Peak Rate Control Waiver. He also discussed comment fourteen that the plan should show stormwater easements around all SWM facilities and BMPs. He did discuss the Township’s policy in regards to waiver two with requesting a waiver from sidewalks. He stated the policy of the Township is a fee in lieu of sidewalks versus a waiver from sidewalks.

County Planning Commission Comments
Mr. Hoffman discussed the County’s comment that the plan should include a note that the proposed building addition will not occur within 200 feet of any suspected wetlands. Mr. Davis stated they did investigate the wetlands issue. Mr. Hoffman discussed comment eight for the zoning map/official map showing a future trail located east of the proposed warehouse expansion. Mr. Flint stated there is nothing on the proposed plan that would interfere with any future trail projects.

Commission Member Question and Answer
Mr. Wickenheiser asked about the sidewalk waiver. Mr. Flint stated sidewalks are not on that side of Gettysburg Road. Mr. Flint showed the Board the property on the map, the future proposed trail, and the sidewalks for Gettysburg Road. Mr. Davis stated that they would provide an easement that could be used for a future trail in lieu of sidewalks. Discussion ensued. Mr. Flint stated that an easement in lieu of sidewalks, if accepted, would need to be a note on the plan and recorded. Mr. Davis stated they would address the trail in lieu of sidewalks in the plan and the comments presented by the Township and County.

Public Comments:
There was no public comments.

Action: Recommendations on requested waivers and on the Plan
Mr. WICKENHEISER made a motion to approve the requested waiver from the requirement contained in Section 192-24.C to submit a Preliminary Plan. Dr. DYSZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Mr. WICKENHEISER made a motion to accept an easement for future trails in lieu of sidewalks waiver with a note on the plan. Dr. DYSZEL seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

Mr. MAGNUSSON made a motion approve the plan subject to satisfactory completion of Township and County comments. Mr. WASHBURN seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting is scheduled for February 17, 2015 at 7:00pm.

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