SWAN Newsletter #70

June 13, 2012 – LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Amber Fields – Final Subdivision Plan, Phase V #12-06 The Amber Fields development is located near the intersection of Devonshire Road and Devonshire Heights Road and totals 111 acres. The site was previously zoned R-1 Low Density Residential but has been rezoned Residential Cluster. Phase 5 consists of 12.5 acres and the approved preliminary plan contained 20 single family home lots but the final plan now is for 18 lots. The planning commission recommended approval of the plan.

Community General Osteopathic Hospital – Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, Nursing Expansion #12-08 This project involves an addition to the hospital at 4300 Londonderry Road. The addition consists of the building of three additional floors of single bed patient rooms on top of a portion of the two story hospital building. It also includes the demolition of a one story wing of the original hospital which houses semi-private patient rooms. The height of the new addition would exceed by ten feet the height allowed by code and at their May meeting the Zoning Hearing Board approved a variance permitting the additional height. The commissioners voted to recommend approval of the plan.

Club 22 – Special Exception #12-03, Request for BYOB Club Chris Danilshenko is requesting approval to operate a BYOB Club at 3920 Jonestown Road in the Commercial General Zoning District. The BOYB club would only be allowed by approval of a Special Exception by the Zoning Hearing Board. His request would meet all the township requirements including the 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM hours of operation, police department approval, fire inspections, insurance, parking, etc. The commissioners voted to advise the Zoning Hearing Board that they don’t have any comments or objections to the request.

Commissioner Comments – The commissioners discussed the fact that there are other facilities in the township, primarily restaurants without liquor licenses that allow patrons to bring in unopened bottles of wine to drink with their meals. A further discussion might address whether this situation might logically fall under the BYOB regulations.

June 19, 2012 – LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING (7:35 PM – 8:00 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

Absent: Gary Crissman.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. John Scola to the Parks and Recreation Board.

After a Public Hearing, the Supervisors unanimously approved Ordinance 12-06 allocating building permits for new construction in the Beaver Creek sanitary sewer basin. This will expire in March of 2013. Unused permits will continue to be carried over.

SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT:

The Supervisors unanimously approved a waiver request for the preliminary/final land development plan for Community General Osteopathic Hospital known as NS Nursing Expansion (12-08). This increase will not increase the existing building footprint. In fact, the impervious ground will be reduced. The Supervisors concurrently approved Resolution 12-22, the Planning Module for COGH-NS Nursing Expansion. This change in procedure was made necessary by construction schedules shutting down the operating room in August of 2012.

June 28, 2012 – LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING

Attended and reported by Watson Fisher.

Hornung’s Hardware – Docket #1316 – This application is for a variance from several site restrictions in connection with a proposed expansion to the parking lot at Hornung’s Hardware Store at 6005 Blue Bird Avenue. The property is in the Commercial General Zoning District. The only real concern involved the eastern end of the property which abuts a lot previously owned by Mr. Hornung and now owned by Mr. Hornung’s son. The lot is also in the CG district but it contains a house and garage. In the event that this lot is put up for sale Mr. Hornung has the right of first refusal and he will add the property to the store site. The board voted to approve the variance request.

Zimmerman-Auer Funeral Home – Docket #1314 – This variance request relates to an addition to the existing funeral home at 4100 Jonestown Road in the Commercial General Zoning District. The project involves replacing the existing carport with a chapel which is slightly larger than the carport and which would encroach four feet further into the required setback on the east side of the building along the Route 83 exit ramp. Because of its location on the site this condition was considered acceptable. The other concern was for parking spaces and the applicant stated that in addition to the spaces on site there is a company owned parking area across the street on the north side of Walnut Street. The owner agreed to dedicate four spaces in that lot for employee parking. The board voted to approve the variance request.

Club 22 – Docket #SE12-03 – This application is for a Special Exception to operate a BYOB (bring your own bottle) club at the location of the existing Club 22 at 3920 Jonestown Road in the Commercial General Zoning District. The approval of a Special Exception is required in order to operate a BYOB club in the township and the zoning ordinance has an extensive list of specific requirements that must be met in order for the special exception to be approved. Failure to comply with any of them at any time in the future would be grounds for withdrawing the approval. The applicant stated that he would be in compliance with all the requirements. A neighbor complained of noise and nuisance problems at the present club and the applicant stated that with the shorter hours of operation and the improved security that situation would improve. The board voted to approve the special exception.

Karl Krug – Docket #1315 – This application was for a variance from the rear yard setback requirement at the house at 4403 St. Andrews Way in the R-1 Residential District. A screened-in porch was constructed in the rear yard to replace an existing open deck. The porch was built without a building permit and it encroaches 3 feet into the 30 foot rear yard setback requirement. The porch has now been inspected and approved by the township building inspector. With a word of warning to the builder about the permit, the board voted to approve the variance to allow the enclosed porch to remain.

Jim & Cheryl Goldman – Docket #1313 – This request is for a variance from the front yard setback requirement at their house at 5601 Ridgeview Drive in the R-2 Medium Density Residential District. The corner property requires a 25 foot setback on the yards facing the two streets. The Goldman’s plan to replace an existing shed at the side of their house with an open carport and an enclosed storage shed which will encroach 3 feet into the setback requirement. The board voted to approve the variance request.

July 3, 2012 – LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING (7:35 PM – 8:20 PM)

Attended by Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson. Reported by Ted Robertson.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Residents from the Top View, Harmon and Earl Drive area asked the Supervisors what, if any progress was being made regarding the storm water problem in this area. Mr. Wolfe reviewed the suggestion by Mark Levine regarding control of the marina level in back of Hoffman Ford as a way to control storm water fun off. HRG is investigating.

NEW BUSINESS:

The Supervisors approved an agreement with Dauphin County for mutual use of public notification service. This will be used to alert Township citizens to significant emergencies in the area. This will be done at no cost to the Township.

The Supervisors unanimously approved Change Order No. 2 to the contract with Wexon, Inc., for storm water improvements in the Carolyn Street area in the amount of $4,966.00.

SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT:

The Supervisors unanimously denied a waiver request for the final land development plan for Laurel Ridge (11-19). This involves the use of excavated material to backfill utility trenches on private roads.