TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

PLANNING COMMISSION

MINUTES – FEBRUARY 9, 2004

 

The regular meeting of the Planning Commission of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on February 9, 2004.  Chairman Pazdera called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

Planning Commission:   John Pazdera, Chairman

                                                Andrew Strauss, Vice Chairman

                                                Karen Friedman, Secretary

                                                Fred Allan, Member

                                                Cynthia Harrison, Member

 

Others:                                     Nancy Frick, Director Zoning, Inspection & Planning

                                                John Koopman, Township Solicitor

                                                James Majewski, Township Engineer

                                                Steve Santarsiero, Supervisor (joined meeting in progress)

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Strauss moved, Ms. Friedman seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of January 12, 2004 as corrected.

 

#546 – RONALDO/ADA PROPERTIES – PRELIMINARY/FINAL APPROVAL

 

Mr. Henry VanBlunk, attorney, was present with Mr. Arthur Sanduskin.  Mr. VanBlunk

stated they are purchasing land from Mrs. Ronaldo.  They would like to get to closing as

quickly as possible at her request.  They are not presenting any Land Development at this

time and what is now being considered is only the Subdivision for the lot line change. 

Once they get the deed, they will immediately come in with the Land Development Plan. 

 

Mr. VanBlunk noted the 2/2/04 PCS review letter and stated they will address most of

these items in the Land Development portion.  He noted specifically items listed under #3

and stated they will comply with these items. 

 

Mr. Allan asked if the driveway will be in line with Schuyler Drive, and Mr. VanBlunk

stated it will not as it will be more toward the Ronaldo property so that they can get

around back to the parking lot.  Mr. VanBlunk stated the driveway in the front will be

gone.  It will be moved more toward the Township Building. 

 

Mr. VanBlunk was asked if the intention is that the swimming pool will remain, and

Mr. VanBlunk stated it will remain at the current time. 

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Mr. Allan stated there are problems with sight distance in this area coming over the knoll. 

Mr. VanBlunk stated in the Land Development process they will make sure to address

this issue. 

 

Mr. VanBlunk stated they intend to connect to public water and sewer and plan to

connect to Schuyler Drive.  He stated should the Quaker property come closer to being

developed, they would try to tie in with them; however, they do not feel that project will

move quickly.  They have checked with Mr. Hoffmeister and there are available EDU’s

for them to connect both properties. 

 

Ms. Friedman asked if the other lot will be compromised in any way for future owners

because of the amount of wetlands on the property.  Mr. VanBlunk stated he did not feel

it would as there should be sufficient room to work with.  Mr. VanBlunk noted the

configuration shown was at the request of the Ronaldos. 

 

Mr.  Allan stated he feels they should set the driveway on the upper end rather than the

lower end because of concerns with people turning left out of Schuyler and people

turning left out of this property which could create safety problems.  Ms. Harrison stated

she feels it would be better to wrap around the front of the house.  Mr. VanBlunk agreed

to look into this matter further.

 

Ms. Harrison moved, Ms. Friedman seconded and it was unanimously carried to

recommend to the Board of Supervisors approval of the Preliminary/Final Plan

dated 9/12/03, last revised 12/17/03 subject to compliance with the PCS letter

dated 2/2/04.

 

 

Mr. Santarsiero joined the meeting at this time.

 

 

APPOINT MEMBER OF THE PLANNING COMMMISSION TO SERVE ON ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL IN ACCORDANCE WITH RESOLUTION NO. 882

 

Ms. Friedman asked if it would be possible for she and Ms. Harrison to share this

position.  Mr. Strauss stated possibly they could have one member as the liaison and the

other as the alternate.  Ms. Friedman agreed to be the primary person, and if she cannot

attend to ask Ms. Harrison to attend.  Mr. Allan suggested that if neither is able to attend

they contact another Planning Commission member to see if they would be available.

 

Mr. Allan moved, Mr. Strauss seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Karen

Friedman as the Liaison and Cynthia Harrison as the Alternate to the Environmental

Advisory Council.

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OTHER BUSINESS

 

Mr. Santarsiero was asked about the Liberty Property Plan, and he stated that the Board

of  Supervisors did grant Preliminary Plan Approval; but they are going to give further

consideration to plantings as requested by the Planning Commission and goring to be

done to direct traffic.  It was noted since this is only Preliminary Approval, they will be

back before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors for Final Plan

Approval.  Ms. Friedman stated she would prefer a raised median rather than simply

striping.  A number of Planning Commission members expressed their concern with the

safety of cars and pedestrians traveling in this area.

 

Mr. Pazdera stated a member of the Historic Commission approached him about putting

together a workshop of the Planning Commission and the Historic Commission to discuss

the Edgewood Village Plan.  They would then meet with the property owners involved. 

They would like to have Carter VanDyke come before the Planning Commission.

Once the workshop and meeting with the residents is completed, they would then come

back to the Planning Commission on a more formal basis and then go before the Board of

Supervisors.  They have asked that they meet with the Planning Commission at a time

other than the regular meeting.  Ms. Frick asked about including this item on a regular

meeting night when there is a light Agenda.  Mr. Koopman stated if there is a quorum of

the Planning Commission present at a meeting other than the regular meeting night, they

would have to advertise it as a meeting.  It was suggested that the Historic Commission

come sometime in March since they will probably be a number of items on the next

Agenda of the Planning Commission.

 

 

There being no further business, Ms. Harrison moved, Ms. Friedman seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                        Karen Friedman, Secretary