Planning Commission Meeting

Date: June 13, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA 

Monday, June 13, 2016
6:00 PM  

I.    CALL TO ORDER

II.    CITIZEN INPUT

III.    PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY WATER REUSE SYSTEM ACT 537 SPECIAL STUDY 
On May 6, 2016, Hazen and Sawyer submitted the Act 537 Special Study for the Penn State University Water Reuse System.  Penn State University request approval of a Completed 4A Form and Resolution for Plan Revision following Component 3m guidelines.  The University has gradually installed a reuse water distribution system and intends to upgrade its Waste Water Treatment Plant and produce Class A wastewater from what is currently produced as Class C reuse effluent. Less than 10 acres are anticipated to be disturbed for the completion of this reuse system with parts of Ferguson Township, College Township and State College Borough.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: The Planning Commission review and recommend submission of the Component 4A - Municipal Planning Agency Review.

IV.    PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT – BACKYARD CHICKENS
On June 3, 2016, the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors reviewed the draft Backyard Chicken Ordinance Amendment and provided comments within specific sections of the document, particularly the location of henhouses and coops in defined yards, maximum structure area, clarification of the structure as a unit along with hen access to chicken runs. Staff has forwarded these proposed changes to CRPA, Centre County Planning & Development and Township Solicitor, Joe Green.
 
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission review and recommend the modifications to the proposed Ordinance Amendment.

V.    PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT – PRE-FINAL DESIGN SUBMISSION IN THE PRD
This particular section legislates the submission of a plan, after the Board of Supervisors grants Tentative Approval, but before the Application for Final Design Approval.  This is not a typical requirement under the PA Municipalities Planning Code and therefore, not consistent.  On May 23, 2016, the Planning Commission recommended ordinance language amending the Planned Residential Development section of the Zoning Ordinance to eliminate Pre-Final Design Submission.  However, upon further review of Township Solicitor, Joe Green, he concurred with the Planning Commission’s concern for retaining a form of the Pre-Final language, most likely in the Tentative Approval section.  These changes are outlined as Section 5 within the draft ordinance. Staff has forwarded these proposed changes to CRPA, Centre County Planning & Development and Township Solicitor, Joe Green.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission review and recommend modifications or to the proposed Ordinance Amendment.

VI.    PLANNING DIRECTOR REPORT

VII.    ACTIVE PLANS UPDATE 

VIII.    CENTRE REGION PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT 

IX.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES MAY 23, 2016 & NOTES FROM THE MAY 9, 2016 WORKFORCE HOUSING DISCUSSION

X.    ADJOURNMENT