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7-19-16 Minutes

Planning Commission
7-19-16 Minutes

MINUTES

PLANNING COMMISSION:                                             LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP 

REGULAR MEETING:                                                      JULY 19, 2016

The following were in ATTENDANCE:

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

Mr. McCreary called the July 19, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission to order at 7:00 pm.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Approval of Minutes

Mr. MAGNUSSON made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 21, 2016 meeting.  Mr. BASHORE seconded the motion.  Motion carried 6-0.

NEW BUSINESS

SLD Docket No. 2016-04:  Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Highpoint, Phase 1.3:

Final Plan for 18 single family detached home parcels.  This is an increase from 14 parcels in the Preliminary Plan, however the Highpoint Development meets the criteria of the TND Ordinance.

Applicant Presentation

Mr. Josh Smith, Charter Homes, spoke about the final plan for Highpoint Phase 1.3.  He showed the Board the location.  He stated the plan consists of 18 single family homes, open space, trails, and wetlands for 5 acres of land.

Township Staff Comments

Mr. Flint spoke about the waiver request and the issue between 4% and 6% street grade and spoke about the impact of the request.  He stated Staff is okay with the waiver.  He is okay with the plan as long as the comments can be addressed.  Mr. Smith stated they can address the comments.

County Planning Commission Comments

Mr. Hoffman stated most of his comments were about the alley and he spoke to Mr. Flint about that before the meeting.  He stated the rest of the comments are simple.  Mr. Smith stated they would address their comments.

Commission Member Question and Answer

Mr. Magnusson asked about the waiver applying to the 60 feet.  Mr. Smith discussed the waiver, location and the reasoning for the request including the slope.  Mr. Dave Kegerize, Town Square, Engineer for Charter Homes, spoke about the grade and showed the Board on the map the location.  He spoke about the wetlands and the small area that would be affected. 

Mr. McCready asked if there would be other 90 degree turns and expressed concerns about making the turn with parked cars and emergency vehicles making the turn.  Mr. Smith stated it would be residential and there would be a low speed limit.  Mr. Flint stated it is like a four-way intersection.  He stated parking would be prohibited to the corner and the applicant is required to ensure emergency vehicles can make the corner. 

Public Comments:

There were no public comments.

Action:  Recommendations on requested waivers and on the Plan

Mr. MAGNUSSON made a motion to grant a waiver from the requirement in Section 192-57.C (1)(c) that requires an approach to an intersection to have a maximum grade of 4% for a minimum distance of 60 feet, to allow a grade of 6.7% on Rocky Way from Station 5+39 to Station 8+33.  Mr. CLOVSKY seconded the motion.  Motion carried 6-0. 

Mr. MAGNUSSON made a motion to approve SLD Docket No. 2016-04:  Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Highpoint, Phase 1.3, Final Plan for 18 single family detached home parcels subject to Township and County comments.  Mr. BASHORE seconded the motion.  Motion carried 6-0.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting is scheduled for August 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 

ADJOURN

The regular meeting of the Planning Commission adjourned at 7:14 pm.