ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
MINUTES OF MEETING OF MAY 22, 2006
Approval of Minutes: Dr. Kaner moved to accept the minutes of May 22, 2006. Mr. McGuigan seconded and the motion passed 4-0.
The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Monday, May 22, 2006, in the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Donald McEachron, Chairman; Susan Sciarratta, Vice Chairman; Michael Kaner, Secretary; William Heil and Jay McGuigan, members. Also in attendance were Jay Sensibaugh, Planning Commission Member and John Boyle, Assistant to the Township Manager.
Call to Order
Dr. McEachron called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
Approval of Minutes
Dr. Kaner moved to accept the minutes of April 24, 2006. Ms. Sciarratta seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Discussion of Projects
Ms. Sciarratta reported that this application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department would be similar to the application that Riverkeepers had begun for Growing Greener. Dan Salas of Riverkeepers had advised her to concentrate on getting support for the project from the landowners involved. The Township Solicitor is helping to determine ownership of the properties along Newtown Creek that are the subject of the application. Letters of support from the property owners would be needed for the application.
Mr. Boyle said that he has spoken to Mr. Crossland, Director of Public Works, who believes that there should not be any problems of ownership.
Mr. Sensibaugh suggested that Vince Lombardi, chairman of the Sycamore Street Committee, might be of help in making contact with property owners.
Mr. McGuigan reported that he had contacted PNC Bank about some site-specific information for the application. He has been told that information would be forthcoming, but he has not received anything yet.
Mr. Boyle reported that there has been some progress toward resolving the LSAC lighting issue; however all light fixtures have not yet been replaced.
The Council briefly discussed establishing a new application deadline and presentation date. It was agreed to set July 15 as the application deadline, with awards presented in connection with harvest time celebrations in September.
Mr. Heil reported that he had attempted to acquire soil maps from the Bucks County Planning Commission, but had been told that these maps are being revised as part of a revision of the Newtown Area Regional Planning Commissionís updated comprehensive plan. Once completed, the maps would be made available to the EAC.
JMZO Amendments on Riparian Buffers and Floodplains
The members agreed to again review the existing Ordinance and forward comments and questions to Ms. Sciarratta. Ms. Sciarratta agreed to prepare a statement of the EACís position and recommendation.
The members briefly discussed the current Ordinanceís allowance of a one-foot rise in the floodplain during a 100-year storm. It was agreed that the EAC does not have the expertise to recommend an appropriate allowance. The members discussed possibly suggesting that there should not be any rise onto adjoining properties.
Mr. Sensibaugh reported that the Planning Commission had reviewed a sketch plan for the Melsky tract for 59 single-family homes on the Newtown portion of the tract. Some zoning relief would be needed for lot size and setbacks. Because there were many unanswered questions on such matters as public water and sewer, the discussion of the plan had been tabled.
Park and Recreation
Mr. McEachron reported that he had attended the May 3, 2006 meeting of the Park and Recreation Board. The Board heard a presentation for a plan to develop the Fidler/Roberts tract as townhomes. He said that he had a number of questions on traffic issues, but had been told that these questions should be referred to the Planning Commission. The Board also heard a request for a skate park. Carl Sedia Park was suggested as a possible location for the park.
Ms. Sciarratta moved to adjourn at 8:45 PM. Mr. McGuigan seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary