February 6, 2019 - Regular Meeting

Chairman Terry Hoover called the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Montour Township Planning Commission to order on February 6, 2019 at 6:30pm in the municipal building, Rupert, PA.

The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Members present:  Chairman Terry Hoover, Vice-Chairman Andy Keister, Secretary Joe Mullen and James Yoncuski.  Also present were Supervisor Linda Woodward and Zoning Officer Tim Mauk.

 

MOTION Andy Keister, Second Jimmy Yoncuski, to approve the agenda as drafted.  Motion Carried.

 

MOTION Andy Keister, Second Jimmy Yoncuski, to approve the Reorganization Meeting Minutes of           January 8, 2019 as drafted.  Motion Carried

 

MOTION Joe Mullen, Second Jimmy Yoncuski, to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes for January 8, 2019 as drafted.  Motion Carried.

 

New Member

The search for a member continues.  An ad has been placed on the township website.

 

Agricultural Security Area

The Planning Commission has no objection to the proposed addition by Jeff Giger 322 Ridge Road, and Connie Giger 321 Ridge Road, to the existing ASA in Montour Township.

 

Planning Consultant

Jerry Walls has been asked to submit a revised contract proposal for 2019 to include review and comment on the MTPC final draft of the revisions to the comprehensive plan and zoning map.    Tabled to the March Meeting.

Zoning Map and Comprehensive Plan

At the Board of Supervisors public hearing on October 18, 2018 the proposed revised zoning map was not approved.  Many citizens were present and stated their concerns with the changes.  The Comprehensive Plan adopted November 9, 2017 to update the Comprehensive Plan dated 1990 must be made consistent with the Zoning Map dated 1990.

 

Gail Mullen gave a presentation on how modifications could be made to the Comprehensive Plan to make it compatible with the current Zoning Map:  

1) The Comprehensive Plan states: "There is abundant capacity for residential development within current zoning."  "Residential growth trends and projections indicate that there is no need for zoning changes to accommodate more residential growth."  "Conclusion: sufficient capacity in current zoning; no change necessary."  Therefore, the recommendations to change areas to Suburban Residential can be deleted.

2)  Changing flood-prone areas to Conservation changes permitted uses and dimensional requirements but it does not prohibit new development in these areas; it just lessens the density.   However, the Township's Floodplain Management Ordinance does regulate new construction and development within the floodplain, and the ordinance applies in all zoning districts. Rather than changing some areas to Conservation, consider using the Floodplain Management Ordinance to meet the Comprehensive Plan's goal to "reduce the risk to life and property and to conserve the floodplain for stormwater management."

3) The Comprehensive Plan states "there is room for more development, redevelopment of older sites, and reuse" of commercial highway properties along the Rt. 11 corridor, with the inactive quarry representing "the largest redevelopment opportunity," making Conservation to Highway Commercial unwarranted.

It was also pointed out that the recommendation to reserve land along Montour Run for a future walking and biking trail involves creating an Official Map, which is not the same thing as a Zoning Map.

Note: all quotes above come directly from the Comprehensive Plan.

 

The Commission thanked her for her presentation.

 

Quality of Life Ordinance

Solicitor Rich Roberts continues to review the Quality of Life Ordinance.

 

Public Comment

Tim Mauk inquired about the status of the Quality of Life Ordinance, the Burning Ordinance and Junkyard Ordinance.

 

A MOTION by acclimation to adjourn at 8:50pm.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

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Joseph Mullen, Secretary