The Schuylkill Township Planning Commission held their regularly scheduled meeting at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Township hall. Members of the Planning Commission present were Mr. Jim Reading, Mr. Morris Quigg, Mr. Eric Rahe, Mr. Michael Bauer, Mr. Jim Lombardi and Mr. Curt English. Mr. Reading chaired the meeting. Also in attendance were Mrs. Martha Majewski and Mr. Fred Parry from the Board of Supervisors and Ms. Mary Lou Lowrie, Township Engineer from Gilmore & Associates.
On motion by Mr. Quigg and seconded by Mr. Rahe, and passed, the Planning Commission approved the minutes of March 16, 2016.
1757/1763 Rock Hill Lane, Lot Line Revision – Ms. Wollan and Mrs. Sammis along with their engineer Mr. Chester Diem of PLS, Regester Associates, Inc. came before the Planning Commission to request a waiver from Chapter 320, the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance for their lot line revision and request final approval of the plan. Ms. Wollan stated that there is no change in acreage or frontage on either lot due to the lot line revision. Mr. Diem stated that all outstanding issues in the April 8, 2016 Township engineer review letter have been addressed. He stated that the requested waiver is due to the fact that there is no land development happening as a result of the lot line revision. Mr. Reading questioned why the entire ordinance would be waived. Ms. Lowrie advised that to waive individual sections of the ordinance would require 15 – 20 waiver requests. Mr. Rahe questioned the topography of the two lots and if there was any issues with the on-lot septic due to the lot line revision. Mr. Diem stated that both properties slope toward the back of the lots and there are no issues with the location of the septic systems on either lot. Mr. English stated that due to the size and configuration of the lots there is no chance of future subdivision for either lot.
On motion by Mr. Quigg, seconded by Mr. English and passed, the Planning Commission recommended to the Board of Supervisors that a waiver from Chapter 320, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance be approved and the Lot Line Revision Plan for 1757/1763 Rock Hill Lane receive final approval conditioned on all comments in the April 8, 2016 Gilmore & Associates review letter be addressed.
Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee – Mr. Curt English gave an update regarding the Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee and their efforts toward updating the Regional Comprehensive Plan. He advised that the Borough of Phoenixville has not signed the Intergovernmental Cooperative Implementation Agreement and is having difficulty with the agreement specifically with types of development that would have regional impact and the threshold of regional impact for those development that would trigger regional planning commission review. He cited that number of school students, parking spaces and building square footage amounts for different types of development are of concern to the borough and the borough has given some suggestions to change those threshold amounts. If the agreement is changed, all municipalities would need to sign an amended agreement. Mr. English stated that the Township should be reviewing its own comprehensive plan to see what they may want included in the regional comprehensive plan. Mrs. Majewski advised that should the Township ever want to leave the Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee that it could be costly.
Mr. Reading stated that there has been some concern regarding growth boundaries in the Township. He advised that since the economic downturn in 2008, not much growth has occurred in the Township and what development has happened has been modest. He advised that he does not support hiring consultants to review the Township growth boundaries if they are not needed. Mrs. Majewski stated that the Planning Commission could be tasked with reviewing the growth the boundaries as has been done in Charlestown, East Pikeland and West Vincent Townships. Mr. Rahe stated that what may be needed is just technical cleanup.
Mr. Bauer questioned if the Township would want to consider keeping the Transect Zones (T-Zones) that were part of the 2005 addendum to the Township Comprehensive Plan when it considers adding specific components to the Regional Comprehensive Plan. Another component to the regional comprehensive plan would be “trading” zoning areas with the other Phoenixville Reginal Planning Committee member municipalities. Mr. Reading stated that in some ways it is hard to think regionally; since, the time when Schuylkill Township was formed in the early 1800’s, the Township has focused on its own growth and future.
There being no further business for discussion, the Planning Commission adjourned at 9:00 pm.
Mary R. Bird
Next Meeting: May 18, 2016