Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Jacqueline Fiorito followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Roll Call


Planning Commission members in attendance were Alex Anastas, Richard Fain, Jacqueline Fiorito, William Kalb, Stefan Laessig and Brandon Reed.  Also in attendance were John Weber, Township Engineer and Stan Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager. 


Citizen Comments


Kain Wentz notified the Planning Commission of a proposed shopping center project located at Gravel Pike across from The Shoppes at Upper Hanover.  Mr. Wentz reported that Horizon Engineers is working on the project.


Approval of Minutes


Mr. Anastas moved to approve the June 7, 2017 Planning Commission Regular Meeting Minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Reed and carried unanimously.




Mrs. Fiorito announced that July 12, 2017 is the last date for submission of plans for review by the Township Engineer and discussion at the August 2, 2017 regular meeting. 


Old Business


Plans Scheduled for Discussion


A.  Geryville Self Storage Land Development Plan


Karl Leitner, P.E., Barry Isett & Associates discussed the June 28, 2017 LTL Consultants review letter with the Planning Commission.  John Weber reported that the Board of Supervisors had not yet acted upon the previously recommended waivers.  Discussion ensued concerning the proposed beige facade and green metal roof for the self storage structures.  Mr. Leitner reported that security lights will remain turned on, but at a dimmed level.  Motion sensors will also operate the lights.  The project lighting can be adjusted after installation.




Mr. Reed moved to recommend conditional preliminary approval based upon the June 28, 2017 LTL Consultants review letter and the Board of Supervisors approval of the recommended waivers.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Anastas.  The motion carried affirmatively with Mr. Anastas, Mr. Reed, Mr. Laessig and Mr. Kalb voting yes, Mrs. Fiorito voting no and with Mr. Frain recusing himself from the vote due to his employment status with Barry Isett & Associates.


B.  Sweetwater Golf Course Land Development Plan


The project was tabled.


C.  P&B Partitions Land Development Plan


The project was tabled.


D.  Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Final Land Development Plan


Mark Hosterman, Solicitor, represented the school district.  Discussion ensued concerning the Planning Module Component 4A.  Mr. Anastas moved to authorize Planning Commission signature to Component 4A.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Kalb and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain abstaining from the vote.


Current Plans Without New Activity


Current plans without new activity were reviewed.


New Business


Mr. Anastas and Mr. Laessig reported upon their tour of the Soffa Road Open Space Property with Montgomery County Lands Trust officials.


Monthly Reports


A. Zoning


1.  Side Yard Fence Set Back Requirements


Discussion ensued regarding a proposed zoning ordinance text amendment to allow a waiver of side yard fence requirements.  Mr. Fain moved to recommend adoption of the proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment Ordinance.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Laessig and carried unanimously.


2.  Gravel 38, LLC Zoning Hearing


Mr. Laessig reported that he will recuse himself from voting on matters related to the Gravel 38, LLC property due to the fact that one of the companies to be located at the facility was once owned by Mr. Laessig and Mr. Laessig retains a financial interest in the company.


The Planning Commission did not provide a recommendation for or against the proposed zoning hearing.


B.  Building Permit Report and Escrow Report


The monthly reports were entered into the record.


C.  Regional Planning Commission Report


The Regional Planning Commission did not meet in the month of June.




Mr. Anastas moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Laessig and carried unanimously.  



Respectfully Submitted,




                                                                        Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

                                                                        Township Manager