NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2001


MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting April 5, 2001: approved minutes of the March 1, as submitted, on motion by Mr. Terry and second by Ms. Buras


In attendance: Tom Harwood, Belinda Buras, Hal Roberts, Lou Levine, Miguel Sison, Patricia A. Bachi.

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Sanderlin called the meeting to order.

CODES DEPARTMENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPORT Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for February 2000. He said that the procedure that allows the Codes officer to approve administrative conditional uses is working well; they no longer need to be to the Planning Commission.

Mr. Harwood noted that the 413 Office Center conditional use was approved at the recent BOS meeting, and explained that Stockberger wants to expand their offices and display area toward the Mobil station. Under Zoning Hearing Board Applications, he said the BOS opposes Pheasant Pointe’s request for a variance for an impervious surface increase in the R-1 district. He reported that the Newtown Swim Club issue was sent back to the ZHB for clarification and more information.

Mr. Sanderlin said he had recently experiences a quick turnaround on a building permit for a roof, and was pleased to see such a quick turnaround in the permit process.

APPROVAL OF THE JANUARY MINUTES: The January minutes were approved, on motion by Mr. Roberts and second by Ms. Buras.

APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY MINUTES: The February minutes were approved, on motion by Ms. Buras and second by Mr. Roberts.

LOWER BUCKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: There was no report, as Chamber liaison Lisa Kruse was absent.

SIGN ORDINANCE: Mr. Roberts reported no news. Mr. Sanderlin said that the Planning Commission is reviewing a draft, and that the BOS has given additional input. The Council should be able to review it in the near future.

NEW RESIDENT PACKETS: Ms. Dunleavy reported that the additional 1000 packets are being printed and the mailing envelopes had arrived at the township building. There was discussion concerning the stuffing of the packets; the earliest dates for use of the lower level meeting room at the township building began the end of March. Mr. Sanderlin suggested that Ms. Dunleavy check with Robyn Wood on the availability of the Martindell House. She will schedule additional dates and contact Council members with new stuffing dates. Mr. Levine said that Bill March Ford could supply a van and driver to deliver the finished packets to the mailing destination.

Council members should contact Ms. Kruse if they wish to stuff some packets at home.

JOINT DOWNTOWN NEWTOWN CORPORATION: There is a visioning meeting tonight, March 1, at 8 pm at the Goodnoe Elementary School. There will be two more such public meetings, on April 5 and May 17.

SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE: Mr. Sanderlin said that many officials recently walked the length of Sycamore Street to review where renovations would be. Committee chair Vince Lombardi was impressed by PennDOT’s sensibility to the impact of the upcoming construction work on the residents.

INVITATION TO NEWTOWN BUSINESSES: Ms. Dunleavy presented a draft that she and Ms. Kruse had worked on. A number of suggestions and changes were offered. Ms. Kruse and Ms. Dunleavy will incorporate the suggestions bring a final draft copy to the next meeting.

ADJOURNMENT: Without objection, the meeting adjourned at 1:10.

The next luncheon meeting was confirmed for April 5, 2001 at the Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar at 12:00 PM.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:_____________________________________________
                                                            Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary