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Meeting Minutes

March 12, 2015 7:30 p.m.

Attendance

Planning Commission Members

Chairman Ronald Stephens
Vice Chairman Craig Mellott
Member Tracey Vernon
Member Claudia Williams – Absent
Member Phil Klotz – 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

Boy Scouts
McKenzie Kirkwood was present to get his Citizenship in the Community Badge.

Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Stephens asked Mr. Kirkwood to lead the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Call to Order by Chairman Stephens

Chairman Stephens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and stated Proof of Publication was available for public inspection.
Audience Participation

There was none.
Approval of the Minutes

MOTION by Ms. Vernon to approve the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes of
February 12, 2015. The motion, seconded by Vice Chairman Mellott, carried unanimously.

Old Business

Preliminary Subdivision Plan for Hunters Glen, located on the west side of Hunter Drive, 2 lots in Hampden Township, 72.5 acres, zoned Residential Country, owned by the Estate of Oliver and Mary Rosenberg c/o Adam R. Deluca, Esquire, submitted by Alpha Consulting Engineers

John Murphy, Alpha Consulting Engineers was present to speak concerning the Hunters Glen Plan. He explained that 47 lots were in Silver Spring Township and two lots were in Hampden Township. He said Silver Spring Township’s Planning Commission recommended approval to its Board of Supervisors. He said he addressed Hampden Township staff’s comments, but just turned in the amended plans the previous week.

Mr. Murphy said they removed the original curb waiver and dealt with the two access points. He said they moved the boulevard entrance to the best site distance location and the traffic engineer confirmed it for Hampden and Silver Spring. He said they are showing a second access point which is for emergency access and the pump station location.

Manager Metts asked since this plan is a proposed open space development, would the Township review it against the open space requirements. Mr. Murphy replied that it would be.

Manager Metts asked if the applicant was aware of the recreation contribution for the two parcels in Hampden Township. Mr. Murphy replied that he was.

Manager Metts said the Township would need confirmation that the additional trips generated do not create anything that would cause traffic concerns at the intersections of Hunter and Lamb’s Gap and Hunter and Wertzville Road.

Mr. Miller said staff performed a cursory review of the plan and it appeared that the many of the comments have been addressed but could not give a full report due to the plans being resubmitted the previous week.

Mr. McMillan said there are some outstanding zoning comments that still require action.

Mr. Kelly said the Cumberland County’s major comment was the second access drive that is now being provided. Mr. Murphy said the second access would be a paved private access drive maintained by the Homeowners’ Association.

Ms. Vernon asked if emergency vehicles would fit on the roads. Mr. Murphy replied yes, the vehicles would fit and they provided documentation regarding that to Hampden and Silver Spring Townships. Mr. Miller confirmed that information has been provided to the Hampden staff for review.

Commissioner Silcox asked if the Silver Spring Planning Commission was unanimous on recommending the plan to its Board of Supervisors. Mr. Murphy responded yes.

Commissioner Silcox asked if the applicant reached out to any of the neighboring properties. Mr. Murphy said there has been outreach, one Township resident attended the Silver Spring meeting, and they addressed his concerns. He said they were people on Red Fox that they met with to meet their concerns.

Manager Metts said he recommends the Planning Commission table the plan until the Silver Spring Township Board of Supervisors conditionally approve the plan and are satisfied with all outstanding comments in both municipalities. Mr. Murphy said they have addressed the comments and would like the Planning Commission to make a recommendation to approve the plan contingent on staff review.

Mr. McMillan read the outstanding zoning comments from Community Development.

Manager Metts passed out comments and reviews from the last time the Hunter’s Glen plan was presented to the Planning Commission, which dated back to December 2014.

Chairman Stephens said the Planning Commission needs to know where Silver Spring Township stands regarding the plan, plus there are outstanding comments for Hampden.

Mr. Murphy said there was a letter from Grove Miller Engineering stating that the project would not be expected to negatively impact the area. Manager Metts asked if that study took into account of all types of vehicles traveling on the roads in that area, not just residential vehicles. Mr. Miller went over some of the points of the Codified Ordinances that addressed traffic crossing municipal lines. Mr. Miller said this situation may warrant review beyond to what is normally assessed.

Vice Chairman Mellott said the Township ordinance needs to be updated regarding to offsite traffic improvements.

Mr. McMillan said that part of the problem is all of the traffic goes to Hampden Township even though the majority of the development is in Silver Spring Township.

Manager Metts asked what the scope of the traffic study was and if it took into account the adjacent intersections. Mr. Miller said what was provided so far was just a count evaluation and determines site distance requirements. Manager Metts asked if the information provided took into account all the added traffic that has increased on the road in the last five years that was not there thirty years ago. Mr. Murphy said there is no specific requirement for a traffic study. He said they followed direction from staff and performed a traffic assessment. Mr. Miller said they did not require a traffic study but that the ordinance allows the Township to require one. He said the Board of Commissioners may want to request one.

Mr. Murphy said they did not look at the site distances at the existing offsite intersections.

Vice Chairman Mellott asked if the applicant could access the development through a Silver Spring Township road. Mr. Murphy replied not without acquiring additional property. He said this is the best access they could provide with the available land.

Manager Metts said once the preliminary plan is approved the applicant has development rights in accordance with the plan. Mr. Murphy agreed.

Mr. Murphy asked that the plan be tabled for further staff review and would return to the April Planning Commission meeting.

Hampden Township Comprehensive Plan Update

Assistant Manager Blechertas said at last month’s Planning Commission meeting the draft version of the Hampden Township Comprehensive Plan was presented to the members.

Assistant Manager Blechertas said since last month’s meeting, many constructive and helpful comments and edits have been received and discussed among staff and with Simone Collins, the consultants for the Plan. He said the vast majority have been incorporated into the Plan at this point. He said there was not anything “earth shattering” that needed to be addressed by the comments.

Assistant Manager Blechertas said the Planning Commission has an opportunity to recommend approval to forward the Plan to the Board of Commissioners.

Manager Metts said the staff has done a fantastic job working on the plan with Simone Collins and he appreciated the input from the County and the Planning Commission.

Mr. Kelly said most of the County’s comments had to do with the goals and objectives and said some of those goals were revised slightly.

Vice Chairman asked if there were any issues with the comments that were received. Assistant Manager Blechertas said not really, he said the vast majority has been incorporated.

MOTION by Vice Chairman Mellott to recommend to the Board of Commissioners Hampden Township Comprehensive Plan with consideration of the comments received. The motion, seconded by Ms. Vernon, carried unanimously.

Chairman Stephens noted for the record all other items on the agenda have been tabled by the applicants.

New Business

Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for TRAC, located at 4910 Simpson Ferry Road, 2 lots, 2.04 acres, zoned Commercial Limited, owned by 4910 SF, LTD, submitted by Advantage Engineering Services, LLC

There was no one representing the plan present at the meeting.

Mr. Miller said this plan is consolidating two properties off Simpson Ferry Road. He said the lots are owned by the same property owner. He said the driving factor for this is one of the properties was connected illegally to the Lower Allen Township Sewer Authority sewer system. He said that has been rectified. He said this plan allows sewer service to be provided in accordance with the inter-municipal agreement between Hampden Township Sewer Authority and Lower Allen Sewer Authority.

Mr. Miller said Township comments are relatively administrative in nature and there would be no land development with this plan.

Mr. Miller said the applicant would need to provide a written waiver request regarding waiving the preliminary plan requirement.

MOTION: by Vice Chairman Mellott to recommend to the Board of Commissioners approval of the requirement of a preliminary plan once a written request has been received by the Township for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for TRAC, located at 4910 Simpson Ferry Road. The motion, seconded by Ms. Vernon, carried unanimously.

MOTION: by Vice Chairman Mellott to recommend to the Board of Commissioners approval for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for TRAC, located at 4910 Simpson Ferry Road, 2 lots, 2.04 acres, zoned Commercial Limited, owned by 4910 SF, LTD, submitted by Advantage Engineering Services, LLC, PC File #15-03-01, Time Limit Deadline of June 10, 2015, contingent upon satisfactory resolution of all Township and County comments. The motion, seconded by Ms. Vernon, carried unanimously.

Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for 5267 Simpson Ferry Road, located at
5267 Simpson Ferry Road, 1 Existing Lot and 1 Proposed Lot, 6.987 acres, zoned Commercial
General, owned by Howard and Randall Hirsch Partnership, LLC, submitted by PennTerra
Engineering, Inc.

This plan has been tabled by the applicant.
Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for 3913 and 3915 Market Street, located at
3913 and 3915 Market Street, 1 Lot, 1.43 acres, zoned Apartment Office Limited, owned by
Huan B. Lee, submitted by H. Edward Black & Associates

Christine Hunter, H. Edward Black & Associates, was present to speak concerning the plan for 3913 and 3915 Market Street. Ms. Hunter said there is an older and new building on the lots. She said when the newer building was constructed due to parking constraints there was a note on the cover sheet of the recorded plan stating that the basement of that building be used only for storage. She said the basement of the older building, 3913 Market Street, was used as office space. She said they are proposing to flip that and have 3915 Market Street be used for office space and the other space be used only for storage.

Ms. Hunter said she has met with staff and there are minor comments to address.

Mr. Miller said there is a waiver request for all components of Chapter 22; he said that could be recommended subject to Township Solicitor approval.

Bobbye Gregory, 683 Saint Johns Drive, asked that the building show the numbers of the buildings somewhere on the building. She had a hard time deciphering which building was 3913 and which was 3915. Manager Metts said having the address shown on the building helps first responders in an emergency.

MOTION: by Vice Chairman Mellott to recommend to the Board of Commissioners the waiver of
requirement for preliminary plan and the waiver to comply with all components of
Chapter 22 of the current Land Development Ordinance that is not consistent with the
Land Development Ordinance in place in 1999 under which the original plan was
approved pending Hampden Township Solicitor approval, for the Preliminary/Final Land
Development Plan for 3913 and 3915 Market Street. The motion, seconded by Ms. Vernon,
carried unanimously.

MOTION: by Vice Chairman Mellott to recommend to the Board of Commissioners the
Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for 3913 and 3915 Market Street, located at
3913 and 3915 Market Street, 1 Lot, 1.43 acres, zoned Apartment Office Limited, owned by
Huan B. Lee, submitted by H. Edward Black & Associates, PC File #15-03-03, Time Limit
Deadline June 10, 2015, subject to the favorable resolution of all Township and County
comments. The motion, seconded by Ms. Vernon, carried unanimously.
Good & Welfare

Commissioner Silcox said that County is hosting the Planning Commission University on April 29, 2015. Manager Metts said Ms. Vernon has been signed up to attend.

Adjournment

MOTION by Vice Chairman Mellott to adjourn the Planning Commission Meeting. The motion, seconded by Ms. Vernon, carried unanimously.

Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at approximately 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

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Rita Finkboner, Recording Secretary
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