TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

PLANNING COMMISSION

MINUTES - SEPTEMBER 9, 2002

 

 

The regular meeting of the Planning Commission of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on September 9, 2002.  Chairman Roeper called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

Planning Commission:               Albert Roeper, Chairman

                                                Deborah Gould, Secretary

                                                John Pazdera, Member

                                                Michael Shavel, Member

 

Others:                                     Nancy Frick, Director Zoning, Inspection & Planning

                                                Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor Liaison

 

Absent:                                     Ron Tofel, Planning Commission Vice Chairman

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mr. Pazdera  moved and Mr. Shavel seconded to approve the Minutes of August 12, 2002 as written.  Motion carried with Ms. Gould abstained.

 

 

EAC LIAISON UPDATE

 

Mr. Roeper stated Ms. Liney has advised that there is rarely anything on the EAC Agenda

that would involve a Planning Commission item.  She has agreed that if an item should appear on their Agenda, she would advise Mr. Roeper who would make sure that someone from the Planning Commission would attend that meeting.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated that it may be a requirement that a Planning Commission be a permanent member of the EAC.  Ms. Frick agreed to look into the Ordinance to check into this matter and so advise the Planning Commission.

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE MASTER PLAN UPDATE

 

Mr. Roeper stated that 2980 questionnaires were sent out; and to date, 863 have been received back which is an excellent return.  More than half of the questionnaires received provided comments in questions 10 and 11.  The issues addressed by those responding in

order of number of responses received were:

 

            Taxes - some specifically mentioned school taxes

           

            Traffic - a number were specific about Oxford Valley and Big Oak Road as well

              as the timing of the traffic light at that location

           

            Request to limit development in general and malls specifically

 

            Request for more open space

 

            Comments on the Senior Center with slightly more negative than positive comments

 

            Comments on the golf Course with more negative than positive comments

 

            Comments regarding the Schools with specific mention of the desire for a High

             School in Lower Makefield

           

            Request for more recreation with some comments referring to specific types

             of recreation.  A substantial number asked that the Township continue the

             extension of the walking/bikepaths in the Township

 

            Comments about the Supervisors’ attitudes

 

            Request for more liquor licenses and restaurants in the Township

 

            There were a number of comments relating to Yardley Borough and it appears that

             there are many people who seem to feel that Yardley Borough is part of the

             Township

 

            Request for more community activities to foster a spirit of togetherness

 

            There were also comments about the trains in the Township specifically noting

             the horns and the length of the trains

 

            There were a number of negative comments about the appearance of the new CVS

 

            There were comments about items specific to the respondents street, individual

             development problems, water run off, etc.

 

 

Mr. Roeper stated a number of people expressed their thanks to the Township for the opportunity to comment.   Mr. Roeper stated he will wait until Wednesday to see if any additional questionnaires are returned and will then forward them to Doylestown for tabulation of the statistical data contained in questions one through nine.  Mr. Roeper stated from a ten year planning point of view, the responses were not a great deal of help.  The majority of the responses to question 7 regarding the preferred zoning for the remaining open space were that the Township should leave it as it is although some did indicate it should be commercial to reduce school impact and increase ratables.  Mr. Roeper stated there were also come comments regarding stopping Matrix and comments about RAM.

 

Mr. Roeper stated he has divided the questionnaires into two groups - one group where the responders provided cogent comments and another group where no comments were provided or they provided only “throw-away” comments.  Mr. Roeper stated Mr. Fegley had asked that he be provided a copy of those who provided cogent comments.  These were provided to Mr. Stainthorpe this evening for his review and these will then be given to Mr. Fegley.

 

The Planning Commission members reviewed the questionnaires this evening where comments were provided.

 

There being no further business, Mr. Pazdera moved, Mr. Shavel seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

                                                                        Deborah Gould, Secretary