Planning Commission

Date: April 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION
MEETING AGENDA
Monday, April 23, 2018
6:00 PM


I. CALL TO ORDER

II. CITIZEN INPUT

III. PUBLIC HEARING ON OWENS DRIVE PARK NAMING RECOMMENDATION
Prior to making a name recommendation to the Board of Township Supervisors for final adoption or amendment, the Township Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on a proposed park name recommendation for what is currently identified as Owens Drive Park at T.P. #24-019-,073E,0000-. The Planning Commission will consider naming criteria set forth in the Park Naming Policy and hear public comment on suggested names. Staff has also provided a submitted list of submissions from the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Director, Pam Salokangas and Ferguson Township Communications Coordinator, Diana Griffith.

Staff Recommendation: Staff recommends the Planning Commission review the submitted naming options from the CRPR and Township Communications Coordinator, take public comment at the public hearing and suggest a name recommendation to the Board of Township Supervisors for final adoption.

IV. THISTLEWOOD LOT #20 LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The September 24, 2004 Final Thistlewood Subdivision Plan indicates that certain individual land development plans shall be prepared for approval by the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and must be in conformance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Section 702.c.1-7 of the Ferguson Township SALDO. Lot # 20 is identified as such a lot and contains 1.449 acres at 170 Treetops Drive. A proposed single-family dwelling on the lot will contain a building area of 2,794 ft.2 with a 2,810 ft.2 parking area and driveway. Drainage easement areas and an existing wetland have been delineated on the record plan along with all utility connections. A 10’ shade tree easement runs along the front property line along with a 10’ utility easement. On April 4, 2018, a Request for Modification of the requirements of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance was submitted for review. The request is for relief of Section 22-510.2B: No excavation shall be made resulting in a steeper slope than one to three vertical- horizontal.

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission recommends the Board of Supervisors approve the requested Modification to Chapter 22-510.2.A and recommend approval of the Thistlewood Lot #20 Land Development Plan, condition upon the Modification Request being approved and the outstanding comments being met.

V. HUMMEL SUBDIVISION AND LOT CONSOLIDATION PLAN
The Hummel subdivision, located on Ridge Road, approximately 260’ east of Plainfield Drive off W. Pine Grove Road, T.P. #24-007-,014E,0000- of 3.85 acres, consists of a three-lot subdivision plan. This plan is first proposing the consolidation of a portion of Tax Parcel 24-7-14E with 24-7-14C which will create the revised Tax Parcels of 24-7-14E (1.181 acres) and 24-7-24C (3.350 acres) and create the residual Lot 1 (1.208 acres) along W. Pine Grove Road. Subdivision plans have been submitted by Penn Terra Engineering, Inc., on behalf of the applicant, Philip Mandzik. Three (3) requests for modifications from requirements of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance have been made. They are as follows: 1. Chapter 22.512.1: Sidewalks, 2. Chapter 22-513.2.I.2: Public Use and Service Areas, and 3. Chapter 22-506.3.B: Paved cartway width for all public streets shall meet municipal standards. Additionally, the applicant has submitted a Sewage Facilities Planning Module for Lot 1 lateral connection into the UAJA system, T.P. 24-7-14C is serviced by UAJA and is only a lot addition, and a reserve backup system has been identified for T.P. 24-7-14E.

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission recommends the Board of Supervisors approve the requested Modification to Chapter 22.512.1, Chapter 22-513.2.I.2 and Chapter 22-506.3.B, and recommend approval of the Hummel Subdivision and Lot Consolidation Plan, condition upon the Modification Requests being approved and the outstanding comments being met. Additionally, authorize the Planning Commission Chairperson and Zoning Administrator sign “Part J. Planning Agency Review” of the Sewage Facilities Planning Module.

VI. PINE HALL GENERAL MASTER PLAN SUBMISSION
On February 21, 2018, Residential Housing Development, LLC submitted a General Master Plan for the Pine Hall TTD. The General Master Plan includes a retail core containing a town center with commercial retail, live/work units, a central public plaza, and on the commercial fringe, hotel, supermarket, drug store and parking structure. The residential areas provide a wide variety of options including single- family, multi-family, townhomes and a planned eco-village. Planning and Zoning staff have provided the plans to Board and Planning Commission members along with multiple county and regional agencies for their initial review and input. Planning and Zoning staff have provided Keller Engineering, Inc. and Land Design with preliminary comments. On Monday, April 16, 2018, the Board of Supervisors authorized scheduling a future work session between the applicant, Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and staff. Staff has provided the Planning Commission with staff’s initial comment and a memo containing the intent of the Traditional Town Development District and items to consider reviewing the Master Plan’s overall vision.

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission provide initial review and comment on the General Master Plan considering the TTD District Intent.

VII. REZONING REQUEST – 2191 WEST WHITEHALL ROAD, HARNER FARMS
Aspen Whitehall Partners, LLC of Altoona, on behalf of Danny R. and Pamela M. Harner and Thompson
P. Harner and Nancy P. Harner, submitted a new Application for Rezoning on March 20, 2018 with a modified map request for Tax Parcel 24-004-,067-,0000- of 71.9 acres, currently zoned RA (Rural Agricultural). The Rezoning Request Map, as resubmitted, illustrates a change from RA (Rural Agricultural) to General Commercial (C) (27.3 ac.) and Single-Family Residential (R-1) (44.1 ac.). The current application differs from the original submitted in May of 2017 as the applicant removed the request for two-family residential (R-2), reduced the size of the area designated General Commercial (C), and illustrated a projected street design for the development at the intersection of Cato Avenue. As a result of the resubmission of the rezoning request, staff has updated the rezoning analysis that was first prepared in 2017.

Staff Recommendation: The Planning Commission review the analysis, make any further comments and recommend the Board of Supervisors approve the request to Rezone 2191 West Whitehall Road (Harner Farms) to the proposed mix of Commercial and Single-Family Residential Zoning.

VIII. CONSENT AGENDA

IX. PLANNING DIRECTOR REPORT

X. ACTIVE PLANS UPDATE

XI. CENTRE REGION PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT

XII. SOURCEWATER PROTECTION WORK GROUP UPDATE

XIII. ZONING/SALDO STEERING COMMITTEE UPDATE

XIV. APPROVAL OF THE REGULAR MEETING MINUTES: APRIL 9, 2018

XV. ADJOURNMENT

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