7:30 PM
June 12, 2007

A Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission of the Township of Salisbury was held on the above date at the Township Municipal Building located at 2900 South Pike Avenue, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Present were Commissioners Beck, Hebelka, McKitish, Schreiter, Hassick, and Licht. Also present were Attorney Ashley, Township Solicitor; Mr. Best, Director of Planning & Zoning; and Mr. Jeremie Schadler, representative of the Alternate Township Engineer.

Mr. Beck called the meeting to order.

May 8, 2007
On motion of Mr. Hassick, seconded by Mr. Licht, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the May 8, 2007 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes as submitted.

Consideration of the Bruce H. Uhl Major Subdivision Plan. Property located at 3109 Birchwood Drive, Allentown, PA 18103 in a C-R, Conservation Residential Zoning District. Eight (8) sheets – plan revised May 17, 2007.

Present were Erich Schock, counsel, of Fitzpatrick, Lentz, & Bubba; and Harry Garman, engineer, of Barry Isset & Associates, and Bruce Uhl, developer.

Mr. Schadler highlighted the Alternate Township Engineer’s comments listed in a review letter dated June 5, 2007.

Attorney Schock recalled that during the last meeting there was a question as to whether the steep slope calculations were adequately shown on the plan.

He indicated that the steep slopes were mapped on the plan and the lot sizes are adequate under the steep slopes requirements.

Mr. Schadler commented that their calculations were based on the numbers listed in the chart provided at the top of the steep slope plan. He stated that based on those numbers, it appears that the developer is meeting the requirements.

Mr. Garman explained that some lot lines were adjusted several months ago in order to comply with the ordinance and increased the size of lots 2 and 6.

He explained the recent well drilling and testing that was performed.

Mr. Best read his review comments listed in a memo dated June 6, 2007.

Attorney Schock commented that prior to recording the plan, all dates of approvals and waivers would be noted on the plan.

Mr. Beck expressed concern that the well drilling and testing reports have not been provided to the Township.

Kevin McNally of 3113 Birchwood Drive commented that when the cul-desac issue went to court, the Judge had not ruled on the issue of the extension turning his lot into a nonconforming lot.

Attorney Ashley responded that although the matter was raised in court, it was not compelling enough to have the Judge rule against the cul-de-sac because of the nonconforming lot issue. He explained that the issue cannot be raised again because the cul-de-sac has been approved by a Judge.

Wayne Deangelis of 2839 Dewalt Street expressed concerns about the septic systems failing and that they should not be included in the minimum lot size requirements.

Mr. McKitish inquired about the length of time for the well testing and if they had pumped beyond eight-hour test.

The developer indicated that they would submit well test reports and a clean plan prior to going to the Board of Commissioners.

An unidentified gentleman commented that he had been informed that this plan would not be able to obtain any variances.

Mr. McKitish noted that the Planning Commission can only review the plan based on the Township’s ordinances and they cannot make decisions on variances.

The developer submitted a letter granting an extension of the review period of the plan to July 13, 2007.

On motion of Mr. McKitish, seconded by Mr. Hassick, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to accept the extension of the review period to July 13, 2007.

On motion of Mr. Hebelka, seconded by Mr. McKitish, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend preliminary approval of the Bruce H. Uhl Major Subdivision Plan.

Meeting adjourned.