UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

 MEETING MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 8, 2021

 

 

 

Call to Order

 

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

 

Roll Call

 

Planning Commission members in attendance were Sharon Bastone, Alternate; Richard Fain; William Kalb; Stefan Laessig; Brandon Reed; and Tim Woodward. Also in attendance were John Weber, P.E., Township Engineer; Sandy Koza, P.E., McMahon Associates via speaker phone; and Stan Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.

 

Citizen Comments

 

Citizens in attendance did not present comments.

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mr. Laessig moved to approve the August 2, 2021 Planning Commission regular meeting minutes including an amendment to revise the date indicated for the approval of minutes to July 7, 2021. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried affirmatively with Mr. Reed abstaining from the vote.

 

Mr. Laessig indicated that he will recuse himself from the Ferguson Lot Line Amendment discussion. Chairman Reed appointed Mrs. Bastone as a voting member for the September meeting concerning the Ferguson Lot Line Amendment.

 

Announcements

 

Chairman Reed announced that September 13, 2021 is the last date for submission of plans for review by the Township Engineer and discussion at the October 4, 2021 regular meeting.

 

Old Business

 

Plans Scheduled for Discussion

 

A. Deerfield Development – Montgomery Avenue

 

Susan Rice, attending the meeting remotely by phone, reviewed and discussed requested waivers for the Deerfield Development.

 

Mr. Kalb moved to recommend approval of the following waivers as included in the LTL Consultants recommendation for waiver request letter dated August 27, 2021 and the July 29, 2021 STA Engineering waiver request letter as follows:

 

1. Section 425-301.B(1) which requires all major subdivisions to be submitted and processed as a preliminary plan. The waiver is requested to allow the plan to be processed as a preliminary/final plan.

 

2. Section 425-403.E(2)(a) which requires an ultimate right-of-way width of 40 feet from the centerline of Montgomery Avenue, which is classified as a minor arterial road. The waiver is requested to allow an ultimate right-of-way width of 30 feet from the centerline of Montgomery Avenue to match the ultimate right-of-way width required in Pennsburg Borough.

 

3. Section 425-405 which requires intersection spacing of at least 400 feet between all proposed streets and any other intersection along Montgomery Avenue. The waiver is requested to allow approximately 200 feet between proposed Road A and Mensch Dam Road.

 

4. Section 425-406 which requires intersection spacing of at least 400 feet between all proposed driveways and any other intersection along Montgomery Avenue. The waiver is requested to allow the proposed driveway for lot 49 to be less than 400 feet from Mensch Dam Road and four other existing driveways along Montgomery Avenue.

 

5. Section 425-407.G(1) which requires driveways for individual lots to be a minimum of 75 feet from street intersections measured from the point of intersection of the street ultimate right-of-way lines. The waiver is requested to allow the proposed driveway for Lot 49 to be approximately 56 feet from the ultimate right-of-way of Mensch Dam Road.

 

6. Section 425-411 which requires a traffic impact study for all subdivisions. The waiver is requested to not provide a traffic impact study because just two lots are located in Upper Hanover Township.

 

7. Section 196-3.A (Driveway Ordinance) which requires a drainage structure to be installed in the driveway to intercept stormwater from the driveway when the driveway slopes toward the road. The waiver is requested to not install such a drainage structure for Lot 49.

 

The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried unanimously.

 

The Planning Commission indicated that they will wait to hear on approval actions by Pennsburg Borough prior to any future actions on the plan by Upper Hanover Township.

 

B. Kershner Tract

 

Susan Rice provided an updated on the status of the Kershner Tract, indicating that the section of the development located in Upper Hanover Township will include only open space with a trail.

 

 

 

C. Ferguson-Vitale Lot Line Amendment – Walt Road, Action Time Limit: Waiver of Review Time Requirements

 

Mr. Fain moved to recommend approval of the following waivers:

 

1. §425-402.G and 425-403.E(2)(b) – Road Widening

 

2. §425-410 – Sidewalks, Curb, Storm Sewer

 

3. §425-411 – Traffic Impact Study

 

The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously with Mr. Laessig abstaining from the vote.

 

Mr. Woodward moved to recommend preliminary and final approval of the Scott Ferguson Minor Subdivision Plan prepared by Irick Eberhardt and Mientus, Inc., plan dated July 26, 2021. The motion was seconded by Mr. Kalb and carried unanimously with Mr. Laessig abstaining from the vote.

 

D. 1086 Palm Hill Road – Planning Module

 

Mr. Laessig moved to authorize Township Planning Commission’s signature to the 1086 Palm Hill Road Planning Module as recommended by the Township Engineer. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.

 

Current Plans Without New Activity

 

Current plans without new activity were reviewed.

 

New Business

 

New business was not presented.

 

Monthly Reports

 

A. Zoning

 

Swamp Creek Properties, LLC Zoning Hearing

 

Mr. Slotter reviewed and explained his proposed use at the Swamp Creek Properties Project located at Gravel Pike. Discussion ensued.

 

Mr. Fain moved to recommend sending a letter of support to the Zoning Hearing Board for the requested zoning relief. The motion was seconded by Mr. Laessig and carried unanimously.

 

B.  Building Permit Report and Escrow Report

 

The monthly reports were entered into the record.

 

C.  Regional Planning Commission Report

 

There was nothing new to report.

 

D.  Planning Commission Meeting Dates

 

The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Adjournment

 

Mr. Kalb moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:58 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. Woodward and carried unanimously.  

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.

                                                                        Township Manager