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Board of Supervisors Work Session
5/24/2017 6:00 PM

Work Session

Minutes

 

The work session of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held May 24, 2017 in the Township Building, 4613 Hughesian Drive, Buckingham, Pennsylvania. 

 

Present:         Maggie Rash                            Chairman

                        Paul Calderaio                         Vice-Chairman

                        Jon Forest                                Member

                        Dana Cozza                              Township Manager

                        Lynn Bush                                Bucks County Planning Commission

                        Dan Gray                                   Township Engineer

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire         Township Solicitor

 

Not Present:    Tom Kelso                               Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

 

The work session commenced at 6:00 p.m.

 

Request for Waiver of Land Development, submitted by Stampfl Associates, LLC on behalf of Peddler’s Village – Building 20 Reconstruction, TMP 6-15-6, Lots 63 & 64

 

Peter Stampfl, Stampfl Associates, LLC and Kevin Hamilton, Peddler’s Village, were present to discuss the reconstruction of building 20, which formerly housed The Nut Kettle which was destroyed by fire late last year.

 

Mr. Stampfl described the site plan, saying the building will be constructed in the same location, with 448 square feet of additional retail space on the lower level (keeping the additional impervious surface less than 500 square feet), with two apartments above. Mr. Stampfl showed the re-configuration of walkways near the property, with a separate entrance for the residences.

 

Mr. Stampfl explained the existing drive beside the building will remain as it is used by Peddler’s Village to access the center court area. He said parking for the store will be included in the 2100 village spaces, with 2 special spaces designated for the apartment residents.

 

Mr. Stampfl showed the proposed grill with hood and exhaust on the plan in the event the unit is rented by a food preparation type business, with the exterior fan designed to look like a stone chimney.

 

Mr. Stampfl displayed schematics of the exterior design, with dormers in two styles, siding installed both horizontally and vertically to break up the mass, and possible reuse of stone from the former structure. Mrs. Rash confirmed the intention to keep the building within the character of Peddler’s Village.

 

Mr. Forest asked the height, and Mr. Stampfl replied the former building was 31 feet, and the new one is designed to be 35 feet in order to level off the first-floor retail portion, and not use ramping or steps inside.

 

The Board agreed to add the request for waiver of land development to the regular business meeting agenda this evening.

 

Park and Recreation Commission Candidate

 

Mr. Charles Woods expressed interest in joining the Park and Recreation Commission, providing his background in communications and fundraising. Mr. Woods has attended a couple of the Commission’s meetings, and received a recommendation from them to join.

 

The Board agreed to add Mr. Woods appointment to the Park and Recreation Commission to the regular business meeting agenda this evening.

 

Central Bucks East High School – Landscape Buffer

 

Mr. Gray explained the school district has requested permission to change the landscape buffer in front of the high school, due to the buffer seed mix not performing well under several mature trees, and also moving some landscaping materials away from the parking area to a better growing location away from snow storage areas. Mr. Gray said the Landscape Review Consultant had been consulted, and agreed to the changes. The Board of Supervisors stated no objection to the revisions.

 

Autoland North

 

Mr. Gray updated the Board regarding the North Easton Road improvements that had been delayed in the fall of 2016 due to several utility conflicts along North Easton Road. As a result of several discussions with PECO and PENNDOT, the Applicant has been advised that PECO has rejected their last proposal to utilize special storm sewer inlets that would allow limited cover over the existing gas main. With PECO’s response, the Applicant is now asking the Township to consider allowing the storm sewer design to be built to PENNDOT Standards (Based on a 10-year storm event), as opposed to the Township’s requirements (50-year storm event) considering that North Easton Road is a State Highway. The Board felt that if PENNDOT did not object to the new design, that the Township would accept the 10-year storm event standard. Mr. Gray agreed to work with the Applicant’s engineer to develop a design that would at a minimum meet PENNDOT’s Standards.

 

Stormwater Management Fees and Escrows

 

Mrs. Cozza explained the fees and escrows for the stormwater management permits, as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), were initially set low by the township, and after implementing several of the permits, the staff has seen that the average expense is much higher, and recommends the fees and escrows be raised accordingly so the resident has a realistic expectation of what will be required.

 

The Board agreed to review a draft of the proposed revision to the fee schedule when it has been prepared.

 

Update on Refurbishing Lindquist House for use by Township Water and Sewer Department

 

Mrs. Cozza said she and several staff members toured the Hilltown Township Municipal Authority’s renovated building, and were able to visualize similar uses at a rennovated Lindquist House. 

 

Mrs. Cozza suggested the township hire a consultant to provide a feasibility study before proceeding to an architect; the Board agreed and asked Mrs. Cozza to obtain a proposal for their consideration.

 

7:30 p.m. The Work Session adjourned.

8:17 p.m. The Work Session resumed.

 

Proposed Zoning Ordinance Revisions

 

Mr. Smith requested direction from the Board on a variety of items within the proposed zoning ordinance revisions, in response to comments received from the Buckingham Township Planning Commission and staff.

 

The items discussed included: variety of non-residential uses within a single structure, relaxing dimensional setback requirements in the Cross Keys area and requiring additional amenities such as public spaces and pocket parks, medical marijuana dispensary dimensions, deer fence specifications, sports court setbacks or the elimination of sports court requirements in general, distributed antenna systems application processing requirements, residential parking requirements, lighting color temperature and impervious surface requirements.

 

Cross Keys Traffic Study – Bucks County Planning Commission

 

Mrs. Bush updated the Board with the progress of the study, explaining it has been presented to the Plumstead Township, Doylestown Borough and Doylestown Township planning commissions, and will be presented to the Buckingham Township Planning Commission at their next meeting.  She said the plan has received favorable comments, with the exception of comments from several Doylestown Borough residents and a couple of businesses that are opposed to the removal of the traffic signal at Old Easton and Swamp Roads. Mrs. Bush said based on PennDOT’s input and Bucks County’s traffic engineer, the removal of the signal is recommended to improve the traffic flow, along with the installation of a new connector road between Old Easton and Easton Roads. Mrs. Bush said that the traffic engineer has modified the Old Easton and Swamp Road intersection concept plan to include a turning lane in response to the Doylestown Borough residents’ concerns. 

 

Mrs. Bush’s Retirement as Director of Bucks County Planning Commission

 

Mrs. Bush announced this is her last meeting attending as a county employee as she is retiring.  She said she will be continuing as a contractor for the county, to continue her involvement in the Cross Keys Redevelopment Project and other items that interest her. Mrs. Bush emphasized the resources of Bucks County Planning Commission will continue to be available to Buckingham Township, along with the services of John Ives, Senior Planner.

 

Board of Supervisor’s June Meeting Schedule

 

The Board discussed the June meeting dates, and agreed to cancel the June 14th meeting, but hold the June 28th meetings as scheduled.  Mr. Calderaio noted he will be absent from the June 28th meetings due to a previously scheduled event.

 

9:26 p.m. The Board retired into executive session to discuss potential acquisition of a conservation easement on the Maximuck tract.

 

10:15 p.m. The Work Session was adjourned.

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 28th day of June, 2017.

                                                                                                            Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors

           

                                                                                                           ______________________________________

                                                                                                           Maggie Rash, Chairman

 

                                                                                                           ______________________________________

                                                                                                           Paul Calderaio, Vice- Chairman

 

                                                                                                           ______________________________________ 

                                                                                                            Jon Forest, Member

Attest:

_____________________________

Dana S. Cozza, Secretary

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen.

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