Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Vice-Chairman Alexander Anastas followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Roll Call


Planning Commission members in attendance were Alex Anastas, Richard Fain, Stefan Laessig and Brandon Reed. Chairman Jacqueline Fiorito was present by speaker phone connection. Also in attendance were John Weber, Township Engineer and Stan Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.


Election of Officers for 2017


Township Manager Seitzinger requested a slate of officers for 2017.


Mr. Anastas moved to elect Jacqueline Fiorito as the Chairman for 2017. The motion was seconded by Mr. Laessig and carried unanimously.


Mr. Reed moved to elect Alexander Anastas as Vice-Chairman for 2017. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.


Citizen Comments


Citizens in attendance did not present comments.


Approval of Minutes


Mr. Fain moved to approve the Regular Meeting minutes of December 7, 2016. The motion was seconded by Mr. Reed and carried unanimously.




Mr. Anastas announced that January 11, 2017 is the last date for submission of plans for review by the Township Engineer and discussion at the February 1, 2017 regular meeting.


Old Business


Plans Scheduled for Discussion




A. Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Land Development Application, Montgomery Avenue and Walt Road


Cody Callahan of Barry Isett & Associates along with School District Solicitor Mark Hosterman presented information concerning a proposed walking path along Walt Road.


Stephen Cunningham of Mack Road inquired on the status of the drainage for the project. It was noted that the original plan for underground storage and spray irrigation was revised. John Weber explained how spray irrigation functions to defuse stormwater.


B. Sweetwater Land Development Phasing


In attendance at the meeting representing the project were Bob Irick of Irick, Eberhardt & Mientus Inc., Robert Kolonia and Jeff Vietmeir. Options to phase the implementation of the project were reviewed. John Weber indicated that the Township Solicitor will review the proposal to determine whether the proposed phasing is in line with the conditional use approval and whether a land development plan is required.


The Planning Commission expressed a general consensus related to the proposed phasing subject to a review and determination by the Township Solicitor.


C. Geryville Self Storage, 2776 Geryville Pike


Paul Schmoll of Barry Isett & Associates represented the developer also in attendance were John Haines, Tommy Lentwinch and Marty Bairs.


The Planning Commission reviewed and discussed the sketch plan submitted for the Geryville Self Storage land development project. Mr. Haines indicated his plans to retain the stone farmhouse located at the property due to its historical and cultural value.


The Planning Commission expressed a general consensus with the proposed access from the existing driveway at Geryville Pike. Representatives of the applicant indicated that the project would be built out over an estimated term of three years.


Mr. Fain indicated that due to his employment with Barry Isett & Associates he would recuse himself from further participation or voting with the project.


The Planning Commission expressed a general consensus with the self storage facility concept as presented in the sketch plan.


Current Plans Without New Activity


It was noted that the planning module was approved for the Schultz Minor Subdivision.


New Business


New business was not presented.



Monthly Reports


A.    Zoning


There was no zoning to report.


B.     Building Permit Report and Escrow Report


The monthly reports were entered into the record.


C.    Regional Planning Commission Report


Stefan Laessig indicated that he will participate as the Township Planning Commission Representative to the Upper Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission in 2017.


D.    Scheduling of Next Planning Commission Meeting


The next Planning Commission Meeting is scheduled for February 1, 2017.




Mr. Laessig moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:16 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. Reed and carried unanimously.



Respectfully Submitted,




Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

Township Manager