HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION
October 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Planning Commission Members Chairman Phil Klotz
Vice Chairman Ronald Stephens
Member Craig Mellott
Member Justin Leventry
Member Tammy Shearer- Absent
Commissioner Liaison Nathan Silcox
County Planning Commission Jeffrey Kelly
Township Staff Manager Keith Metts
Assistant Manager David Blechertas
Assistant Zoning Officer Darrell McMillan
Assistant Director of Public Works Jeremy Miller
Pledge of Allegiance
Chairman Klotz led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Call to Order by Chairman Klotz
Chairman Klotz called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m., and stated Proof of Publication was available for public inspection.
Approval of the Minutes
MOTION by Mr. Leventry to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes of
September 12, 2013. The motion was seconded by Vice Chairman Stephens.
Discussion on the motion:
Vice Chairman Stephens stated that when he read the minutes and when he reads the motion it is conditional upon conformance of all outstanding comments; he said some of the discussion items are not mentioned in the motion. He asked if staff was satisfied that those items are covered in the motion as outstanding comments. He asked if certain things should be specifically called out in the motion. Commissioner Silcox said he typically raises those items at the Board of Commissioners meetings.
Manager Metts said his advice would be that when the Planning Commission makes a recommendation for approval they can list items not already incorporated in the Engineering or Zoning comments in the motion.
Motion carried unanimously.
Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lot 10, located on Technology Parkway, 2 lots, 19.98 acres, zoned O-P, owned by Vision Acquisitions II, LP, submitted by H. Edward Black & Associates
Betsy Davison of H. Edward Black and Associates was present to speak concerning the Cumberland Technology Park Lot 10 submission. She said she was in agreement withTownship and County comments.
Ms. Davison said this is Lot 10 of Cumberland Technology Park and is past Patriot Drive on the right. She said it exists as a 20 acre lot and the plan is a combined subdivision and land development plan. They are proposing to subdivide approximately 3.75 acres off Lot 10 along Sears Run. She said the subdivided lot would be about 16.25 acres. She said the remainder would be added to Lot 9B.
Ms. Davison said the proposed use is a four story office building, 128,000 square feet. She said they have a parking stormwater management plan, wetlands and a stream on the site. She said there is some existing excess material on the site that they are proposing to relocate for some additional grading.
Chairman Klotz asked if there was a particular tenant in mind for the building. Ms. Davison replied there is.
Manager Metts asked if there was any concern to the location of the entrance in relation to the Department of Correction’s (DOC) driveway. Ms. Davison said the entrance in question is the DOC’s secondary entrance point. She said they meet the separation requirements that are set in the ordinance. The location of the driveway is based on the topography of the site. Manager Metts said he is concerned that there may be a conflict of vehicles leaving in opposite directions.
Manager Metts said it was his understanding that the applicant is agreeable to the continuation of the bike path along Lot 9B. Ms. Davison said that is correct. Manger Metts said he appreciates the willingness to consider that. Jeff Camp, who was also in attendance and owner of Vision Properties, said that it is important to them and they are working with the owner of 9B to continue the bike path.
Mr. Miller said that there would be a second waiver request required with regards to grading within three feet of the property line. Ms. Davison replied that is correct and has already sent in an additional written request to the Township.
Mr. Miller said he finished the stormwater review but has not provided the comments to the applicant. He said he had briefly gone over them before tonight’s meeting and there is nothing very substantial. He asked that the applicant recognize that those are still comments that will need to be addressed. Mr. Miller stated that the applicant is proposing two infiltration areas; the primary will be an underground infiltration in the parking lot.
Mr. McMillan said that he has met with the applicant and was assured they can meet all the Community Development comments.
Mr. Kelly asked if this was submitted to the County Conservation District. Ms. Davison replied that it is under review, but comments have not been received yet.
Mr. Kelly asked if there was a walkway on the northern parking lot. Ms. Davison said it was shown on the original plan as a painted walkway. She said one of the comments from Community Development was to change it to an actual sidewalk. She said through the parking bays, where it crosses the drive aisle, it will be a striped crosswalk. She said that location rotates slightly towards Technology Parkway and becomes a 16 foot island and will have planting strips on either side with a sidewalk down the middle. She said the plan is going to be revised slightly based on the Community Development comments.
Manager Metts asked if the plan indicates that the vehicles will not be able to traverse through the area that will now be a raised sidewalk. Ms. Davison replied that it would only be raised through the parking spaces, where there are parking stalls, there will be a curbed island and across the drive aisle will be an actual crosswalk.
David Ringlaben, resident of 6114 Charing Cross, asked why there was only one entrance and exit. Ms. Davison said the topography of the lot is the reason.
Manager Metts asked if the entrance should share joint access with the DOC. Ms. Davison replied that is something they could look into as an option.
Vice Chairman Stephens had some concerns of the constructability details on the stormwater management. Mr. Miller said that Vice Chairman Stephens was looking for a clarification of detail for the anchors and the pipe system.
Vice Chairman Stephens asked if staff was confident that the site would be built like the computations. Mr. Miller said the Township holds bonding until it is built in accordance with the plan.
Vice Chairman Stephens asked if there would be only one entrance, could it be made larger for emergencies or accidents that may block the access drive. He said one possibly may be to provide secondary access with the adjacent property owner just for emergency purposes only. Ms. Davison said they would look at some options.
Manager Metts said that there is a future of a large number of individuals working at the site by the number of parking spaces being provided. He said it is owed to the individuals working there that some consideration for secondary access be given
Manager Metts asked if the employees would work the same shift. Mr. Camp said the employees would work a staggered shift. He said they can flex in and out, but it would not be two different shifts.
Mr. Camp said they would look into widening the entrance to allow emergency personnel access to the building. Ms. Davison asked if she should request a waiver to widen the entrance. Mr. Miller replied he would check into the ordinance to see if one is required.
Chairman Klotz asked where the loading/unloading area and garbage dumpster would be located. Ms. Davison said there is a painted area in front of the building for loading and unloading. She said there is a dumpster area close to the 81 Interstate highway.
Commissioner Silcox asked what the number of employees would be working at this office. Mr. Camp replied around 550 people would work at this office, some being relocated from other offices in Pennsylvania and some coming from outside the state.
Commissioner Silcox asked if the applicant has enough parking. Mr. Camp replied yes, it is a maxed out site.
Commissioner Silcox asked when the applicant is proposing construction. Mr. Camp replied they are hoping to start this fall.
MOTION by Vice Chairman Stephens to recommend approval to the Board of Commissioners the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lot 10, located on Technology Parkway, 2 lots, 19.98 acres, zoned O-P, owned by Vision Acquisitions II, LP, submitted by H. Edward Black & Associates, with a PC File # 13-10-01, Time Limit Deadline, approval of the waivers for preliminary plan requirement and grading within three feet of the property line; subject to the favorable resolution of the following conditions, all Township, County, Community Development comments, conditional upon revisiting access to provide for emergency vehicle to the facility. The motion, seconded by Mr. Leventry, carried unanimously.
MOTION by Mr. Leventry to adjourn the Planning Commission Meeting. The motion, seconded by Vice Chairman Stephens, carried unanimously.
Chairman Klotz adjourned the meeting at approximately 7:55 p.m.
Rita Finkboner, Recording Secretary