TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

PLANNING COMMISSION

MINUTES MAY 22, 2006

 

 

The regular meeting of the Planning Commission of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on May 22, 2006. Mr. Taylor called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

 

Those present:

 

Planning Commission: John Pazdera, Chairman

Dean Dickson, Vice Chairman

Tony Bush, Secretary

Karen Friedman, Member (joined meeting in progress)

William Taylor, Member

 

Others: Nancy Frick, Director Zoning, Inspection & Planning

Maureen Carlton, Township Solicitor

James Majewski, Township Engineer

Ron Smith, Supervisor Liaison

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Pazdera moved and Mr. Taylor seconded to approve the Minutes of March 27, 2006 as corrected. Motion carried with Mr. Bush abstained.

 

Mr. Pazdera moved, Mr. Bush seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of April 24, 2006 as corrected.

 

Ms. Friedman joined the meeting at this time.

 

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

Mr. Dickson moved, Ms. Friedman seconded and it was unanimously carried to elect John Pazdera as Chairman of the Planning Commission

 

Mr. Bush moved and Ms. Friedman seconded to elect Dean Dickson as Vice Chairman.

Motion carried with Mr. Dickson abstained.

 

Ms. Friedman moved, Mr. Dickson seconded and it was unanimously carried to elect

Tony Bush as Secretary.

 

 

May 22, 2006 Planning Commission page 2 of 3

 

 

DISCUSSION OF FALLS TOWNSHIP ZONING ORDINANCE AND MAP UPDATE

 

Mr. Majewski stated he has not reviewed the entire document; however, he did review

the changes with the Falls Township engineer who is also with Schoor DePalma.

Mr. Majewski stated there does not appear to be any significant impact on Lower

Makefield. He stated many of the Ordinance changes were reconciling some errors and

discrepancies. He stated they took Schools and other institutional uses and designated

them as Institutional Zoning. They also corrected some errors in the Zoning map. They

had a few housing developments which had the incorrect Zone and they updated the

Zoning map to reflect the correct Zone. They also had a number of other minor changes

to resolve some discrepancies and other housekeeping items. He stated there was nothing

that would impact Lower Makefield such as new Zoning on the borders.

 

Mr. Pazdera asked if there were any changes with respect to telecommunication towers

that could result in the installation of a tower close to the border with Lower Makefield.

Mr. Majewski stated he is not aware of any; however, he did not ask this question. He

stated he could look into this.

 

Ms. Frick stated Falls has requested any comments by June 13, 2006 so this matter could

be tabled until the June 12, 2006 meeting. She stated Mr. Truelove had asked Falls

Township to give Lower Makefield a marked-up copy of what the changes were, and she

does not know whether this was supplied yet.

 

It was agreed to put the matter back on the Planning Commission Agenda for June 12,

2006.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Mr. Majewski stated some time next month, it is the goal to have in front of the Planning

Commission a draft of the Low Impact Development Ordinance. He stated the Township

is trying to become a low impact development community. They are going to require

further protection of environmental resources to encourage clustering of housing, try to

reduce the amount of disturbance associated with Subdivisions by reducing setbacks of

houses from roadways, and narrow roadway widths to reduce the amount of stormwater

that needs to be controlled during the land development process and to reduce the amount

of future maintenance costs to the Township by not having to plow wide roads, re-pave

roads that are wider than necessary, etc. He stated he will also give a presentation on this

as well.

 

 

 

 

May 22, 2006 Planning Commission page 3 of 3

 

 

There being no further business, Mr. Taylor moved, Mr. Dickson seconded and it was unanimously carried o adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

Tony Bush, Secretary