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Board of Supervisors Work Session
7/26/2017 6:00 PM

Work Session

Minutes

 

The work session of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held July 26, 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

                         Dan Gray                                  Township Engineer

                         John Ives                                  Bucks County Planning Commission

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire          Township Solicitor

 

Not Present:    Tom Kelso                               Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

 

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

 

Candidate Interview for Township Commission

 

Mr. John Gemmi was present to interview for a vacant position on the Historic Architectural Review Board. Mr. Gemmi said he has been a resident of Buckingham Township his entire life, has always been passionate about preserving architecture, and owns a restoration business. He explained Mr. Toby Hoffman, Chairman of the Historic Architectural Review Board, had asked him to apply for the position, based upon his history as a township resident, architectural interest and knowledge.

 

The Board agreed that Mr. Gemmi would be a valuable addition to the Historic Architectural Review Board, and said they would add consideration of his appointment to the Board of Supervisor’s agenda this evening.

 

Chief of Police – Updates

 

Chief Gallagher was present to provide an update on several items to the Board of Supervisors.

 

Vehicles – The Chief explained the department has budgeted to purchase two new vehicles in 2017: 1) Replacing Officer Lehnen’s 2009 vehicle which has over 114,000 miles; and 2) Replacing the detective’s 2010 Chevy Impala, with 97,000 miles. The Chief said the plan is to trade in the current spare 2004 Dodge Durango, use Officer Lehnen’s 2009 Durango as the “new” spare, and trade in the detective’s 2010 Impala.

 

Mr. Calderaio questioned replacement of the Impala, noting the township normally does not replace vehicles until they exceed 100,000 miles. Chief Gallagher explained the vehicle needs repairs and is the oldest car in the fleet.  The Board agreed to wait until a repair estimate is received before making the decision to purchase new vehicles.  Mrs. Cozza did note that detectives’ vehicles were less expensive to purchase than regular police vehicles as they require less equipment.

 

Chief Gallagher said they were researching the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4, which is pursuit rated, has plenty of room to store equipment and is 4-wheel drive. He said they also were looking into the 2018 Ford F150 4-door king cab pick-up truck, which is also pursuit rated. The Chief said the pick-up truck would be a showpiece for the department as it invites community involvement through interest in the vehicle, and has a lot of versatility in its use.

 

The remainder of the Chief’s updates will be discussed following the regular business meeting, as another item was scheduled at this time.

 

Penn’s Purchase II, Re-Development Sketch Plan, TMP 6-16-15

 

Mr. Edward Murphy, Wisler Pearlstine, LLC, Mr. Greg Glitzer, Gilmore & Associates, and Mr. John McGrath, III of Stonehaven Homes were present to discuss a sketch plan for the proposed re-development of Penn’s Purchase II, as revised per a prior discussion with the Board of Supervisor’s during their June 28, 2017 work session.  Mr. McGrath is the equitable owner under an agreement of sale to purchase the 14-acre parcel, but on which the due diligence period will shortly expire.

 

Mr. Glitzer highlighted the revisions to the previous plan:

- replacement of the reserved parking area at the entrance with a 4,500 square foot commercial building on the first floor, with residences above, and an open plaza area around it;

- entry way to residential housing area straightened with a tree lined island in the middle;

- double bayed parking added behind the larger commercial unit; increasing parking and providing a loop for tractor trailer turning;

- elimination of residential lot 18 in order to straighten the entryway and add additional parking;

- relocated homes closer to the street (will need front yard setback zoning relief); which provides an opportunity for an alley loop and possibly a tot lot in the center island area;

- reconfigured lots along the top area, making them wider with driveways leading to a side entrance garage thereby pulling the houses out of the easement area;

- extended the walking trail between lots 4 and 5 leading towards the township wastewater easement.

 

Mr. Glitzer also stated the following:

- they are reducing 3-1/3 acres of impervious surface from the site’s existing state;

- there are 137 parking spaces, however, they may lose some due to handicapped markings;

- they will need a retaining wall against lots 17 and 18 for the parking area, and will have buffer plantings along it;

- they may provide covered parking for the apartment residences in the area adjacent to the single-family residences;

- parking will be allowed on the inner area of the residential roadway; using the B14 living community street design standard;

- the entrance may have a faux guard station for separation of residential housing from the commercial areas fronting on York Road.

 

Mr. Calderaio asked about lighting in the parking areas near the residential area and Mr. Glitzer responded the lighting was yet to be designed, but they could increase the height and density of the buffer plantings as needed.

 

Mr. McGrath said he had met with the owner of Villagio restaurant and learned their lease expires at the end of 2017. He said they were very excited to hear of the opportunity to move into one of the proposed commercial buildings. Mr. McGrath proposed they could even design a space according to their specific needs.

 

Mr. McGrath said they also researched specifics on the condominiums above the commercial space, saying they could be a 1,200-1,300 square foot 1-bedroom, 1,600-1,700 square foot 2-bedroom, or 1,900-2,000 square foot 3-bedroom space. He said there would be a common elevator and interior hallway to each unit. Mr. McGrath also said they were considering a designated parking area either enclosed or just covered, with a thermostat to heat the space.  Mr. Forest questioned if placing the parking by the residential housing units may be too far away for the tenants. Mr. McGrath proposed 1-2 designated parking spots in front of each building for residents only, with a 15-minute drop off period and perhaps a storage area with a cart of some type to unload groceries. That way they could leave the items in the lobby while going to park the car in the reserved spot.

 

Mr. Smith suggested that because of the grade change they could have parking in a basement below the commercial floor.

  

Mr. Calderaio asked about parking at the smaller commercial building, if it was enough. Mr. Glitzer said no, the west side would carry more of the parking load. Mr. Gray said there would need to be both front and rear crosswalks between the buildings.

 

It was agreed people are going to have to walk; Mrs. Rash said that’s “mixed use”.

 

Mr. McGrath said they also met with the ownership team of Peddler’s Village and they were very supportive and positive of the proposed development. Mr. Calderaio expressed concern about overflow Peddler’s Village festival parking in the street of the residential area and asked if there would be gates; Mrs. Rash reminded everyone they did not want gates when previous plans were discussed. Mr. McGrath said he liked defining the area with a gatehouse and maybe a fake gate. 

 

Mr. Gray pointed out there will need to be no parking signs along one side of the residential street in order for fire trucks to have clearance.

 

Mrs. Rash asked if anybody in the audience had any questions.

Mr. Caputo, owner of Villagio restaurant confirmed that Mr. McGrath has spoken with him, and it would be a dream to have a new building for their business. He said they definitely want to stay in the area and felt the proposed development compliments Peddler’s Village. Mr. Caputo said his only request is for cable Internet, rather than the current dial-up situation. Mr. McGrath said all utilities would be buried underground, including cable service.

 

Mr. Guiliani, Hertfordshire Road, asked about the condominiums, stating he didn’t think the property was zoned for them. Mr. Glitzer replied it is a permitted use under the Zoning Ordinance’s use B31 “dwelling in combination”. Mrs. Rash stated the board had previously discussed wanting a “mixed use” for the re-use of the parcel.

 

Mr. Forest stated he liked moving the storefronts closer to York Road, as the Bucks County Planning Commission had suggested thereby providing a downtown streetscape look.

 

Mr. Glitzer said they would be preparing a list of requested variances and ask Mr. Smith and Mr. Gray to review the list prior to making a Zoning Hearing Board submission.

 

Mr. Forest asked if there would be impervious issues for the residents to build additional features on their properties. Mr. McGrath said he usually includes a 16x16 deck on each grading plan; adding it’s hard for him to sell a house without amenities being available. Mr. Gray suggested they study the smallest lot and determine the allowable extra impervious percentage from it.

 

Mrs. Cozza recommended at this point it would be best for the township to set up a professional services agreement with escrow provided from the applicant towards legal and engineering fees. Mr. Murphy agreed.

 

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

8:00 p.m. The Work Session resumed.

 

Chief of Police – Updates (continued)

 

Shooting Range – The Chief informed the Board that the police had been using Classic Pistol in Southampton for certain training, however Classic Pistol was not available for the Department’s use any longer. He said they also had an outdoor range to use, but limited hours were available and new neighbors were complaining about the range. With this in mind, Chief Gallagher presented the concept of building an outdoor range for the police to use on the grounds of the township maintenance garage on Upper Mountain Road. He said this would save time in commuting to other ranges, and money by having a local range to practice at without paying fees, and also by not having to pay overtime for the police to go elsewhere to train.   The Chief said this could be set up as a 75-yard maximum range, with a berm. He said it would be used for quarterly qualifications, and additionally with low light training scheduled in November when it is dark by 4:30 p.m., in order not to shoot any later than 8:00 p.m. 

Mrs. Rash asked if the property was fenced; and Chief said it was. Mr. Calderaio asked if the police department would be able to practice at the range during non-qualifying times; and Chief said he would like that as training improves proficiency. Mr. Calderaio also asked if there would be an additional lighting necessary to be installed onsite, and Chief said no.

 

The Board was agreeable to the concept provided the range was constructed with appropriate safety measures.

 

8:50 p.m. The Board retired into Executive Session to discuss personal issues concerning the prospective hiring of a new police officer.

 

9:05 p.m. The Work Session resumed.

 

Proposed Zoning Ordinance Revisions

 

Mr. Smith said he had incorporated all the revisions previously discussed by the Board, and distributed it to the Bucks County and Buckingham Township Planning Commissions for their review and recommendation during their regular meetings to be held next week. 

 

Mr. Smith said a draft review letter was received from Bucks County Planning Commission, and discussed the items with the Board in order to receive their feedback.

 

The Board authorized Mr. Smith to advertise the ordinance for a public hearing after securing reviews from the planning commissions.

 

Board of Supervisor’s August Meeting Schedule

 

The Board discussed the August meeting dates, and agreed to cancel the August 9th meeting, and perhaps reschedule the August 23rd meeting to August 30th.

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 30th day of August, 2017.

                                                                                                      Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors

          

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                                                                                                      Maggie Rash, Chairman

                                                           

                                                                                                      ______________________________________

Attest:                                                                                         Paul Calderaio, Vice-Chairman

 

________________________                                     ______________________________________ 

Dana S. Cozza, Secretary                                                        Jon Forest, Member

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen. 

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