Planning Commission

Date: January 8, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM


FERGUSON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION
ORGANIZATIONAL AND REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
Monday, January 8, 2018
6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS 

On January 2, 2018, the Board of Supervisors appointed Jeremie Thompson as the second Alternate Member of the Planning Commission. The Board of Supervisors also reappointed core Planning Commission members Ralph Wheland and Lisa Strickland and Alternate Cristin Mitchell until December 2021. 

III. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The Chairperson will need to designate the Director of Planning & Zoning to act as temporary chairperson in order to conduct the nominations and election of the Chairperson of the Commission for the year 2018.  Once the Chairperson has been elected, he/she will be responsible for conducting the remainder of the nominations and elections. The Vice-Chairperson responsibilities generally involve taking over the duties of the Chairperson when he/she is not available. The Secretary is responsible for signing the official copy of the approved minutes and providing a signature on plans duly approved by the Township. 
           
2017 Chair: Marc McMaster                            2018 Chair:             
2017 Vice-Chair: Rob Crassweller                  2018 Vice-Chair:            
2017 Secretary: Lisa Strickland                       2018 Secretary: 

IV. ESTABLISH MEETING DATES FOR 2018
Attached is a list of proposed 2018 meeting dates. We have added a meeting on the 5th Monday of January to discuss the Working Draft Zoning/SALDO Ordinances with our consultant EPD. The May 29th meeting will be held on a Tuesday due to observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th.  Only one meeting has been tentatively scheduled in November due to the Thanksgiving holiday and hunting season.  The December meeting date is tentatively scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month (December 4th) because the Board of Supervisors generally schedule their last meetings of the year for the first and second Monday (December 3rd & 10th).

V. SELECTION OF THE CENTRE REGION PLANNING COMMISSION (CRPC) REPRESENTATIVE AND ALTERNATE
The Board of Supervisors is awaiting a recommendation from the Planning Commission on the selection of a representative to the Centre Region Planning Commission. In the past, the Commission has selected both a primary and alternate to represent the Township. The CRPC meets on the first Thursday of the month to review items of regional significance. Commission members should plan to provide nominations for this position which will be formally appointed by the Board at their meeting on January 16, 2018.

2017 CRPC:  Lisa Strickland, Primary              2018 CRPC Primary:             
2017 CRCP:  Ralph Wheland, Alternate           2018 CRPC Alternate: 



REGULAR MEETING

VI. GUENOT SUBDIVISION – REPLOT OF TAX PARCELS 24-005-,018M,0000- INTO LOTS 1RR, 2R, 3 AND 4
The proposed subdivision is a replot of a previously approved subdivision for Edward G. & Ronald L. Guenot at T.P.# 24-005-,018M,0000- of 83.381 acres on W. Gatesburg Road, now proposed as Lot 1RRR at 79. 919 acres. All acreage exists within the Rural Agricultural (RA) district.  A portion of the acreage extends into Halfmoon Township.  The replot includes change to Lot 2RR proposing 1.115 acres from 1.012 acres, Lot 3R proposing 6.197 acres from 2.996 acres and Lot 4R proposing 33.243 from 33.085 acres.

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission review and make initial comments on the proposed subdivision and lot consolidation.

VII. ACCUWEATHER LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN PARKING EXPANSION
The existing Accuweather facility is located at 385 Science Park Road as T.P. 24-004-,021R,0000- on 6.33 acres.  The existing facility provides approximately 206 off-street parking spaces. The facility is located within the Light Industrial Research and Development (IRD) District.  A new land development application has been submitted containing 79 new parking spaces, including 20 along the entrance drive and 59 located to the northeast of the existing building.  New underground storm water storage facilities are proposed to control runoff from the new parking area. 

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission review and make initial comments on the proposed subdivision and lot consolidation.

VIII. PA DEP COMPONENT 1 PLANNING MODULE – DREIBELBIS (160 EMORY LANE)
Ray E. & Ray E. Dreibelbis Jr. own T.P. #24-007-,005-,0000- of 172.70 acres off of West Whitehall Road via Emory Lane.  The owners are planning on constructing a second single-family home, a water well along with a primary and alternative test sites for a newly proposed on-lot sewage disposal system. There is no subdivision of the parcel at this time.  There is an existing single-family residential dwelling on the parcel which is a current Agricultural Conservation Easement.

Staff Recommendation: Review the PA DEP Component 1 Planning Module and authorize Chairperson and Zoning Officer to sign Section J. – Consistency with Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances.

IX. PLANNING DIRECTOR REPORT 

X. ACTIVE PLANS UPDATE 

XI. CENTRE REGION PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT

XII. SOURCEWATER PROTECTION WORKGROUP UPDATE

XIII. ZONING/SALDO UPDATE STEERING COMMITTEE 

XIV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES DECEMBER 5, 2017

XV. ADJOURNMENT

 

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