MINUTES - JUNE 14, 1999

The regular meeting of the Planning Commission of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on June 14, 1999. Chairman Pazdera called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Those present:


Planning Commission:

John Pazdera, Chairman


Edward Koch, Vice Chairman


Deborah Gould, Secretary


Nancy Frick, Director Zoning, Inspection & Planning


John Koopman, Township Solicitor


Frank Fazzalore, Supervisor


Paul Gunkel, Planning Commission Member


Albert Roeper, Planning Commission Member


Mr. Koch moved, Mrs. Gould seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of May 10, 1999 as amended.


Mr. McCaffrey was present and stated they have applied for a Use Variance to allow them to put plants and flowers out on the sidewalk and to host special events from time to time.

Mr. Pazdera asked how much of the area will be involved in the outdoor events. Mr. McCaffrey stated this would depend on the event. He stated most of the time an event will involve the sidewalk although at times they have closed the drive-through area to create a safe environment. Events do not involve the parking lot.

Mr. Koch asked about the other vendors in the shopping center. Ms. Frick stated each vendor would have to apply for a Special Exception if they wanted to do something similar.

Mr. Koopman stated someone from his office will be in attendance at the Zoning Hearing Board meeting tomorrow night for the purpose of getting additional information. He stated the Board of Supervisors want some idea as to what the special events would be. He stated Mr. McCaffrey should be prepared to discuss these specifics at the Zoning Hearing Board meeting. Mr. Fazzalore stated the Board of Supervisors also wanted to make sure any sale of plants or flowers would be restricted to the area to the left of the entrance only. Mr. McCaffrey stated in their application they have supplied the Zoning Hearing Board with a plan and outlined the area involved for the sale of the plants. He stated for the meeting tomorrow night he will prepare an outline of the activities they propose. He stated they would be willing to limit the number of events each year. Mr. McCaffrey stated he feels they would be prepared to limit it to no more than six activities per year.

Mr. Koch asked what will they do with the plants at night when they are closed, and Mr. McCaffrey stated they intend to continue to leave them outside. Mr. Fazzalore stated Mrs. Godshalk also expressed concern with the possible installation of a mesh covering, etc. to safeguard the plants. Mr. McCaffrey stated they would have to come back to the Township for approval for this.

Mr. McCaffrey stated to specifically state all the events may be difficult since they sometimes have an organization that requests their assistance when they are in need of funds. He stated these events are done in good taste and do not impact traffic flow.

Ms. Frick stated Mr. Gunkel provided comments on this application and stated he feels any special events should stay out of the fire zone and roadways. He feels they should be more specific as to the type of special events and they should have no amplified music or concerts. He stated there should be no infringement on the other businesses. He feels no parking should be permitted in the streets or in the Fire House parking lot for these events. Mr. McCaffrey stated he does not feel there are any serious parking problems at this time.

Mr. Koch moved, Mrs. Gould seconded and it was unanimously carried to recommend to the Zoning Hearing Board that they approve the request for a Special Exception to permit the sale of flowers and plants and occasional outside events in the vicinity of the supermarket provided that they notify the Township ahead of time of what the events will be and how long each special event will last.


Mr. Edward Murphy was present and stated the approved plan provided for a 6,000 square foot pad that has always been identified as the place for a restaurant. They are now applying for the Special Exception to permit the restaurant, and the matter is scheduled to be heard by the Zoning Hearing Board on July 6. They meet all requirements for a Special Exception.

Mr. Koch asked about the hours of operation, and Mr. Murphy stated while he does not know specifically, he presumes they would be the same as all other commercial activities in the Township.

Mrs. Gould asked if they know what the restaurant will be, and Mr. Murphy stated they are in discussions with Perkins but no final agreement has been reached. He stated they are limited to those restaurants which do not serve liquor.

Mrs. Gould moved, Mr. Koch seconded and it was unanimously carried to recommend to the Zoning Hearing Board that they approve the Special Exception.

There being no further business, Mrs. Gould moved, Mr. Koch seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.