MEETING DATE: September 27, 2018 -- Work Session

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The Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors held their public working session meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:00pm.  This is an informal meeting to discuss township related business with the public, without making any motions or voting on any discussed items.  Martha Majewski, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:00p.m.  In attendance were board members Fred Parry, Jim Morrisson, Mark Donovan, and Susan Guerette.    

The working meeting’s agenda was a presentation by Ann Hutchinson and Rick Tralies of Natural Lands Trust’s (NLT). Specifically, reviewing our SALDO, and creating a “Going Greener” ordinance.    Ann Hutchinson spoke about looking at our cluster developments. NLT is working with the townships study committee, made of up of members from the Open Space Commission (Bob Cooney & Bereth Graeff), Planning Commission (Mike Pellegrino & Curt English) and Environmental Advisory Council (Michele Garg). Jim Morrisson made a motion for Bereth Graeff to be the study committee chair, Mike Pellegrino seconded the motion, all approved.  The study committee is to create a list of what they like/don’t like about developments, such as sidewalks, curbs, trees, deep vs shallow basins.

Rick Tralies, Senior Director of Landscape planning at Natural Lands Trust presented a map showing the conservation areas regionally.  Many local subdivisions were presented with the use of foreground open space, terminal vistas, islands or loops instead of cul de sacs, narrower streets, angled home, and street trees.  Side entrance garages and garages that are setback from the front of the home make for a more appealing community. Having the homes front the open space instead of in the rear of the home creates a more useable, useful and inviting area for the community to use. Discussion about different types of stormwater management facilities that can be constructed to be a visual highlight of the community, such as a wet detention basin with boulders, landscaping and a fountain in the center.

Jim Morrisson advised he is working on updating the townships open space map and they are actively pursuing potential properties.   NLT will put together a draft of an ordinance for the study committee to review at the next work session meeting.  The next scheduled meeting will take place on October 25, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Township hall.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kimberly Yocom
Asst. Township Secretary/Zoning Administrative Officer