Thursday, August 25 2016
August 25, 2016
The August 2016 meeting of the Upper Frederick Township Planning Commission was called to order by the Chairman at 7:00 PM.
Attending Were: Richard Buckman, Chairman; William O’Donnell, Vice-Chairman; Randall Wampole, Joseph Buick; Robert Keenan; Kenn Picardi, Solicitor; Norm Ulrich, Township Engineer; Tracy Tackett, Township Planner; Jackie Tallon, Township Manager; and Lois Reitnour, Administrative Assistant
IN ATTENDANCE: Susan Wampole, 1649 Gravel Pike; Mike Giagnacova, 3405 Big Road
Approval of Minutes:
Mr. O’Donnell made the motion to approve the June 30, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes. Mr. Wampole seconded the motion and was approved by all.
Mrs. Susan Wampole requested time on the agenda to address the Planning Commission. Mrs. Wampole wanted to thank Ms. Tallon, Commission, Board and any other persons instrumental for have the property along Gravel Pike cleaned up of debris and illegal vehicles. Mrs. Wampole also inquired if there is an Ordinance within Upper Frederick addressing the exterior maintenance of properties within the Township which allows citing owners of properties that are eyesores.
Mr. Buckman stated that his understanding is that the Township cannot regulate aesthetics. If the property in question presents a safety hazard, then the Township can legally take action. Mrs. Wampole explained that her question pertained to items left out on the property indefinitely – e.g.: old toys, junk cars, trash and burning refuse on the property. A particular property was brought forth. These types of properties bring down the value of surrounding homes. Mrs. Wampole would appreciate if the Board would take under consideration looking into some of these items and putting them into an Ordinance.
Mr. Ulrich informed that there are items in place for the Township under the Property Maintenance Code such as high grass, abandoned vehicles, unregistered vehicles, etc.
Ms. Tallon stated that she would bring the matter before the Board of Supervisors and also have the Zoning Officer check into the property in question.
Mrs. Wampole thanked everyone.
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Mike Giagnacova – 3405 Big Road
Mr. Buckman stated that the issue under discussion is a decision from the Planning Commission to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to potentially change the Zoning to allow more uses in the Commercial District.
Ms. Tackett prepared an assessment of commercial and industrial areas in Upper Frederick Township. Her report was discussed. Mr. Buckman questioned the Commission members as to whether the Township wants to create more industrial ground or to allow more uses in the commercial district.
Ms. Tackett advised that if the Township is supportive of industrial type uses along Big Road corridor, consideration should be given to whether a commercial node should be rezoned to LI, Limited Industrial, and be dedicated to industrial uses, or whether certain industrial uses should be permitted by conditional use or special exception within the Commercial Business District, which would then apply to all three (3) CB areas along Big Road. Mr. Buckman inquired if the more reasonable option would be to change the Zoning not the uses. Mr. Picardi informed that expanding the uses via conditional use or special exception would be less timely. Mr. Wampole questioned if each submission would be discussed case by case. Ms. Tackett suggested setting parameters and presented some examples; also, to revisit existing uses within the CB and Industrial Districts that may be non-conforming and make them permitted. If the Commission prefers to go with the expanded uses through conditional use, then Ms. Tackett’s recommendation would be to get a full set of different uses that would blend well with Commercial but would also allow a greater variety of uses. Discussion continued with pros and cons of either option. Mr. Keenan voiced his opinion on the option of re-Zoning.
Mr. Giagnacova’s proposal for storage units was discussed.
Mr. Buckman stated that the Commission seemed to be in favor of expanding on the permitted uses within the Commercial District and permission through the conditional use process. Commission authorized Ms. Tackett to expand on a preliminary list of potential conditional uses and criteria. Ms. Tackett’s will present her research at the September 29, 2016, Planning Commission meeting.
Mr. Giagnacova inquired if it would be beneficial for him to moved forward on his proposal for storage units and obtain cost information. Commission agreed that any cost and profit information presented by Mr. Giagnacova would be helpful. Mr. Giagnacova thanked the Commission and exited the meeting.
Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment
Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance was presented and discussed at the June 30, 2015 Planning Commission meeting. Copy of Ordinance was given to the Commission. Ms. Tallon stated that the Zoning Ordinance Amendment is ready for adoption at the September 8, 2016, Board of Supervisors meeting. Mr. Wampole made motion to recommend approval of the Zoning Ordinance Amendment to the Board of Supervisors. Motion was seconded by Mr. O’Donnell and approved by all.
Ms. Tackett attended the July 18, 2016 CPVRPC meeting. Main topic of discussion was the Multi-Regional Greenway and Stewardship Study. A very informational presentation was given by the County to explain why the Greenway Study has value. The comprehensive resource map, resulting from the study, will provide a useful tool to new development within the municipalities. Under municipal updates there was a discussion of the accident that occurred on Route 29. Letter to be sent from the Regional Planning Commission to the County and Penndot stating that from a regional standpoint this area is a very valuable recreational corridor but it must be safer.
Next CPVRPC meeting is scheduled for September 19, 2016.
Mr. Buckman inquired if there was any additional business to bring before the Commission. There was none.
Mr. Wampole made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:47 PM. Motion was seconded by Mr. Buick and approved by all.