Planning Commission Meeting

Date: August 22, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 FERGUSON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA

Monday, August 22, 2016
6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. CITIZEN INPUT

III. REZONING APPLICATION TEAM RAHAL OF LEWISTOWN LLC

On August 4, 2016, Planning and Zoning staff received an Application for Rezoning from Wix, Wenger & Weidner, Harrisburg, PA on behalf of Team Rahal of Lewistown, LLC to rezone a parcel located at 3650 West College Ave. The property is currently zoned Rural Agricultural (RA), owned by James and Elizabeth Irwin. An adjacent property at 3610 West College Ave., owned by Team Rahal, is zoned Commercial (C). On August 15, 2016, the Board of Supervisors reviewed the application submission and referred it the Planning Commission for further recommendation.

Staff Recommendation: That the Planning Commission review and recommend to the Board of Supervisors the proposed Zoning Map Amendment.

IV. JOSEPH D. & LOIS A. DIONISIO SUBDIVISION

The owners propose a subdivision of their 57.43-acre lot into two (2) lots along S.R. 45 that includes Lot #1 of 20.21 acres and Lot #2 consisting of 37.22 acres.  The subdivision of the lot will occur at the centerline of S.R. 45.  Lot #1 contains an existing home and approved septic system and Lot #2 contains a tested area for a proposed septic system.  The area is zoned as Rural Agricultural (RA) as the property owners applied for and received a variance from the Zoning Hearing Board in 2015 for lot size requirements within the district.  The existing lot is enrolled within the Ferguson Township Agricultural Security Area and has been noted on the plans. 

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission recommend approval of the proposed two-lot subdivision to the Board of Supervisors.  In addition, authorize the Planning Commission Chairman and Zoning Administrator sign “Section J. Planning Agency Review” of the Sewage Facilities Planning Module and forward to the Department of Environmental Protection.
 
V. ACCUWEATHER REPLOT OF TAX PARCELS 24-004-021R & 24-433-027

The purpose of the plan is to replot the property line between Tax Parcel 24-004-027, Sound Technologies, Inc., located at 401 Science Park Road and Tax Parcel 24-004-021R, Accuweather, located at 385 Science Park Road.  The replot will result in a 9,000 ft.2 or 0.207-acre increase to the Accuweather tax parcel for revised acreage of 6.333 acres and a resulting acreage for Sound Technologies, Inc. at 10.129 acres.  Both parcels are within the Light Industry, Research and Development (IRD) zoning district.

Staff Recommendation:  The Planning Commission review and provide recommendation on the proposed replot of land between Accuweather and Sound Technology, Inc.

VI. THE CROSSINGS AT STATE COLLEGE SPECIFIC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

ELA Group, Inc. on behalf of State College AL Investors, LLC submitted a proposal to develop a Personal and Memory Care Retirement Community within the Turnberry Traditional Town Development between Blue Course Drive and Havershire Boulevard. The Planning Commission initially reviewed this SIP at the July 11th meeting.  The proposed facility will encompass a 93,342 ft.2 building and impervious footprint on 14.73 acres. This area is considered Phase 8 on the approved Master Plan, Phasing Component – 2015 Update. A second round of agency and engineering comments were due back to staff on August 16, 2016.

Staff Recommendation:  The Planning Commission recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors for the Crossings at State College Specific Implementation Plan.

VII. ZONING AND SALDO UPDATE STEERING COMMITTEE

On July 29, 2016, the Planning and Zoning staff met with representatives from Environmental Planning & Design, LLC from Pittsburgh, PA to initiate the update to the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.  As part of this update, staff and the consultants will depend upon input from a small Steering Committee throughout the update process.  Staff requests that two members of the Planning Commission participate with the Steering Committee.  The schedule includes Steering Committee participation on a monthly basis for the next eight months.

Staff Recommendation:  The Planning Commission recommends two members participate with a Steering Committee to assist Planning & Zoning staff and Environmental Planning & Design, LLC during the Zoning and SALDO update process.

VIII. PLANNING DIRECTOR REPORT

IX. ACTIVE PLANS UPDATE

X. CENTRE REGION PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT

XI. SOURCEWATER PROTECTION WORK GROUP UPDATE

XII. APPROVAL OF MINUTES JULY 25TH, 2016

XIII. ADJOURNMENT