Planning Commission Meeting

Date: May 23, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PC Agenda May 23, 2016

 

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

Monday, May 23, 2016

6:00 PM

REGULAR MEETING

 

  1. Call to Order
  1. Citizen Input
  1. Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School - Second Story Addition Land Development Plan

The Planning Commission initially reviewed this Land Development Plan on April 25, 2016.  Located at 1530 Westerly Parkway, the existing charter school includes a two-story building, parking and driveway access, playground and lawn area.  The proposed development involves construction of a second story classroom, 10 new parking spaces and a re-routed driveway to better accommodate drop-off/pick-up for busses and parents.  The Planning Commission requested additional information as part of their review regarding components of the  traffic circulation, connections to other parking areas, and pedestrian safety.

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to APPROVE the Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School – Second Story Addition Land Development Plan, submitted on April 12, 2016, last revised May 4, 2016, condition upon the remaining comments. 

  1. Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment – Backyard Chickens

On April 5, 2016, Ferguson Township received an application, proposing to amend §27-204. Use Regulations to allow Backyard Chickens as an accessory use for residential properties within the Township. The Board of Supervisors reviewed the application on May 2, 2016 and directed staff to develop ordinance language to allow chickens in residential districts.  Staff has developed a proposed draft for the Planning Commission’s review, comment and recommendation.

Staff Recommendation: That the Planning Commission review and recommend modifications or revisions to the proposed Ordinance Amendment.

  1. 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 16, 2016, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to develop ordinance language amending the Planned Residential Development section of the Zoning Ordinance to eliminate Pre-Final Design Submission.

Staff Recommendation: That the Planning Commission review and recommend modifications or revisions to the proposed Ordinance Amendment.

  1. Planning Director Report
  1. Active Plans Update
  1. Centre Region Planning Commission Report
  1. Approval of Minutes May 9, 2016 (Workforce Housing Discussion to Following Meeting)
  1. Adjournment