UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES OF DECEMBER 7, 2016
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.
Planning Commission members in attendance included Alex Anastas, Richard Fain, Jacqueline Fiorito and Brandon Reed. Also in attendance were John Weber, Township Engineer, Sandy Koza, P.E., McMahon Associates and Stan Seitzinger, Jr., Township Manager.
Cathy Davidson of 1042 Montgomery Avenue requested that the Board of Supervisors consider changing the Township Ordinance regarding no parking on the Upper Hanover Township side of Montgomery Avenue.
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Anastas moved to approve the Regular Meeting minutes of November 2, 2016 subject to the addition of Sandy Koza, P.E., McMahon Associates under the listing for staff in attendance. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fain and carried affirmatively.
Chairman Fiorito announced that December 14, 2016 is the last date for submission of plans for review by the Township Engineer and discussion at the January 4, 2017 regular meeting.
Plans Scheduled for Discussion
A. Upper Perkiomen School District Middle School Land Development Application, Montgomery Avenue and Walt Road
In attendance for the Upper Perkiomen School District were Dr. Alexis McGloin, Superintendent, Sandy Kassel, Business Administrator, Karen Henry, Transportation Coordinator, Robert Breslin of Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects and James Mazeika, P.E., of Barry Isett & Associates. Mr. Mazeika reported that changes were under review to replace the previously proposed underground stormwater storage with an above ground stormwater management system. Mr. Mazeika also reported that a portion of the walkway through the athletic field area was proposed for removal.
Representatives of the Upper Perkiomen School District reviewed and discussed the December 2, 2016 LTL Consultants review letter. Representatives also reviewed and discussed the December 1, 2016 McMahon Transportation Engineers and Planners review letter.
The Planning Commission reviewed and discussed the December 6, 2016 LTL Consultants letter concerning waiver request. The following recommendations were approved by the Planning Commission:
1. Mr. Anastas moved to recommend a waiver to Section 415-18.B.8 of the Upper Hanover Township Stormwater Management Ordinance – Toe of Slope of Detention Basin. The motion was seconded by Mr. Reed and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain abstaining from the vote.
2. Mr. Reed moved to recommend approval of a waiver to SALDO Section 425-402.6 and Section 425-403.E(4)(b) – Road Widening on Walt Road. The motion was seconded by Mr. Anastas and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain abstaining from the vote.
3. Mr. Anastas moved to recommend approval of a waiver to SALDO Section 425-405 – Intersection Spacing. The motion was seconded by Mr. Reed and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain abstaining from the vote.
4. Mr. Anastas moved to recommend approval of a waiver to SALDO Section 425-410 – Sidewalks, Curb, and Storm Sewer along Walt Road – subject to the installation of an asphalt walkway along Walt Road from corner of school property closest to Walt Graber Road to Montgomery Avenue. The motion was seconded by Mr. Reed and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain abstaining from the vote.
Mrs. Fiorito and Mr. Reed expressed concern regarding pedestrian traffic related to the project. Mr. Mazeika provided an update on the status of the Stillwater Development installation of sidewalks along Montgomery Avenue in Pennsburg Borough. Discussion ensued concerning who will own and maintain the school warning flashers planned for the project. Discussion ensued concerning hours proposed for lighting at the project.
Cathy Davidson read a statement requesting that Upper Hanover Township change Ordinance requirements regarding no parking on the Upper Hanover Township side of Montgomery Avenue. Discussion ensued regarding the existing and proposed width of Montgomery Avenue.
Further discussion ensued regarding requested waivers. Mr. Anastas moved to recommend approval for waivers to SALDO Section 425-500.D(1)(c) – Street Trees along Walt Road, SALDO Section 425-500.D(3)(a) – Location of Street trees along Montgomery Avenue and the SALDO Appendix B – Approved Plant Material – Substitution of tree species. The motion was seconded by Mr. Reed and carried affirmatively with Mr. Fain abstaining from the vote.
Further discussion ensued regarding driveway and intersection spacing on Montgomery Avenue as per the recommended waiver at SALDO Section 425-405.
Further discussion ensued regarding the installation of either a sidewalk or bituminous asphalt trail along Walt Road.
B. Sweetwater Land Development – Phasing
Manager Seitzinger reported that representatives of the developer plan to attend the January 4, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting in order to discuss possible phasing for the project.
Current Plans Without New Activity
Current Plans without new activity were reviewed.
A. Alternate Sewage Areas – Ordinance Discussion
Manager Seitzinger reported that the Board of Supervisors voted not to approve the proposed amendment to the Alternate Sewage Areas as recommended by the Planning Commission at the November Planning Commission Meeting.
A. Zoning, Building Permit Report, Escrow Report and Regional Planning
The Zoning, Building Permit Report, Escrow Report and Regional Planning Commission Report were entered into the record.
Mr. Reed moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. Anastas and carried affirmatively.
Stanley W. Seitzinger, Jr.