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Planning Commission
Thursday, November 19 2015

The November 2015 meeting of the Upper Frederick Township Planning Commission was called to order by the Chairman at 7:00 PM. 


Attending Were:  Richard Buckman, Chairman; Jay Discianni, Vice-Chairman; William O’Donnell,                            Member; Randall Wampole, Member; Joseph Buick, Member; Kenneth Picardi,                      Esquire, Solicitor; Norm Ulrich, Township Engineer; and Lois Reitnour,                                         Administrative Assistant


IN ATTENDANCE:  Tom Smith, Bercek and Smith Engineering; Leslie Benzak and Carolyn                                           Coleman



Approval of Minutes:

Mr. O’Donnell made the motion to accept the October 29, 2015, Planning Commission Meeting Minutes.  Mr. Wampole seconded the motion and was approved by all.



Sketch Plans


Benzak and Coleman

Mr. Smith, Bercek and Smith Engineering, stated that prior to submitting the revised sketch plan, their sewer consultant tested the property and found a suitable replacement site for the septic system next to the existing dwelling.  However, this is also where the well is located.  No other suitable area was located on the property.  There is no further option to do any development on the property to make Lot #2 a buildable lot.  The revised sketch plan, dated October 14, 2015, would require two (2) variances.  Mr. Smith detailed the variance requests.  Goal is to keep the property within Act 319. 


LTL’s review letter dated November 11, 2015 was discussed.



            Items 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 – No issues and will comply

            Items 3– discussed at length

            Item 4 – Disagree – Mr. Ulrich explained reasoning followed by discussion.


            Items 1, 2 and 3 – Will comply


Planning Commission stated their concern and non-favor of the existing septic system being located on Lot #2 and not on Lot #1 where the dwelling is located.  Following a lengthy discussion and redrawing of property lines, it was agreed a draft resubmission of the sketch plan would be provided to LTL for review showing the septic system on Lot #1 within the next two weeks.  Mr. Picardi proposed that if the goal is to obtain approval from the Board of Supervisors prior to the end of the year, Mr. Smith get on the agenda for the December 2015 Board of Supervisors meeting to introduce and preview the draft sketch plan in advance of any approval; attend the December 2015 Planning Commission meeting with the hope of obtaining their approval; and, request attendance at the December 28, 2015, Board of Supervisors Year End Meeting to obtain their approval.


Mr. Smith confirmed the timeline and exited the meeting.


Stahl – Lot Line Adjustment Expires 12/11/2015 

Ms. Reitnour advised that a Waiver Extension Letter was forwarded to Ms. Stahl.  Signed waiver has not been received by the Township to date.  Mr. Buckman made motion to recommend to the Board of Supervisors to deny the plan unless an extension of time is received prior to December 11, 2015 expiration.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Discianni and approved by all. 


Grow, Vore & Feybusch – Lot Line Adjustment – Expires 01/10/2016

No updated information has been submitted. 



Other Business:


Riparian Corridors Map

Ms. Tackett was not in attendance.  Riparian corridor map will be reviewed at the December 2015 Planning Commission meeting.


FEMA Floodplain Map – Ordinance Update

Mr. Ulrich provided the Commission with copies of current and recommended changes to the Zoning Ordinance Uses for the FEMA Floodplain Map update.  Mr. Ulrich highlighted areas worthy of discussion where the proposed ordinance will differ from the existing. 


Concluding, Mr. Ulrich stated that all updated changes will be made and Planning Commission will receive updated copy prior to their December 17, 2015 meeting.  If changes meet Planning Commission approval, recommendation will then be made to the Board of Supervisors for their January 2016 meeting.



Ms. Tackett attended the November 16, 2015 Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting and provided a copy of her report to the Commission for their review.  



Mr. Buckman inquired if there was any other business to bring before the Commission.  There was none. 





Mr. O’Donnell made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 PM.  Motion was seconded by Mr. Wampole and was approved by all.    

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