Planning Commission Meeting

Date: July 24, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION
MEETING AGENDA
Monday, July 24, 2017
6:00 PM



I.       CALL TO ORDER

II.       CITIZEN INPUT

III.      STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH WATER AUTHORITY (SCBWA) PROPOSED TEXT AMENDMENT
On May 25, 2017, the State College Borough Water Authority (SCBWA) submitted an application 
proposing changes to both Chapter 26 (Stormwater Management) and Chapter 27 (Zoning). The proposed 
text amendment included any form of “Essential Service” to be permitted as a Conditional Use by the 
Board of Supervisors. After further Planning Commission review at the June 26, 2017 meeting, 
Planning Commission members requested the SCBWA to revise the proposed text amendment and frame it 
specifically to a Water Treatment Facility. The Commission felt that the proposed text amendment 
was too broad and could be problematic for other “Essential Services." Gwin, Dobson & Foreman have 
provided a letter along with revised text language for the Planning Commission’s consideration 
specific to “Water Production Facilities” instead of “Essential Services."

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission take time to review and comment on the revised 
ordinance text amendment and make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the proposed 
Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment.

IV.      HARNER FARM REZONING REQUEST – ZONING MAP AMENDMENT
On May 10, 2017, Ferguson Township Department of Planning & Zoning received a copy of the Rezoning 
Application and Rezoning Request Map from Aspen Whitehall Partners, LLC, on behalf of Danny R. and 
Pamela M. Harner and Thompson P. Harner and Nancy P. Harner. The Planning Commission initially 
reviewed the proposal and heard public comment at the June 12, 2017 meeting. The Planning 
Commission tabled action until staff performed further analysis on the proposal. Since the June 12, 
2017 meeting, staff has met with the applicants and formulated a comprehensive land use analysis 
and summary recommendation for the Planning Commission’s consideration.

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

V.      FERGUSON TOWNSHIP EMAIL UTILIZATION POLICY FOR AUTHORITIES, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
The purpose of this policy is to establish expectations of conduct by which email users shall abide when utilizing Township email accounts, as well as to ensure compliance with governing statutes including the PA Sunshine Act, PA Right to Know Law, and other applicable local, state, and federal law. The Township Manager directed staff to provide the Resolution, adopted by the Board of Supervisors on July 3, 2017, and the associated policy for the Planning Commission members to review. Acknowledgement Form coincides with the policy and must be signed by all members.

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission review the Ferguson Township Email Utilization Policy 
and Sign the Acknowledgement Form.

VI.      PLANNING DIRECTOR REPORT

VII.      ACTIVE PLANS UPDATE

VIII.      CENTRE REGION PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT

IX.      SOURCEWATER PROTECTION WORK GROUP UPDATE

X.      ZONING/SALDO STEERING COMMITTEE UPDATE

XI.      APPROVAL OF THE REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – JUNE 26, 2017

XII.      ADJOURNMENT

07.24.17 PC Agenda with Attachments

07.24.17 PC Agenda Compiled




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