Synopsis Minutes of the meeting held on April 17, 2012

Present : Vice Chairman Robert Whartenby and Members Ted Chleboski, Paul Cohen, Craig Deutsch, Fred DeVesa, Peggy Driscoll, Dennis Fisher and Larry Galley. Also in attendance were: Michele Fountain, Township Engineer, Stacy Yoder, Township Planner, John Torrente, Solicitor and Martin Vogt, Code Enforcement Officer.

Call to Order: Mr. Whartenby called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Approval of Minutes: Mrs. Driscoll moved to approve the minutes of April 3, 2012. Mr. Whartenby seconded and the motion passed 6-0-2, with Messrs. Deutsch and Fisher abstaining.

Land Development

Walsh Minor Subdivision, 385 Stoopville Road: ApplicantMichael Walsh was in attendance to review this plan to subdivide a 6.1 acre parcel into two parcels, with lot #1 at 3.028 acres and lot #2 at 3.073 acres. He explained that he would like to renovate the existing house on lot #1 and will live in it with his family; his son will build a new home on lot #2. The plans for the new house have not yet been completed.

Mrs. Driscoll asked about the barn on the property.

Mr. Walsh said that he has not made a decision about the barn at this time. He noted that the barn is in very bad repair and might not be suitable for restoration.

Mrs. Driscoll agreed that the barn looks to be in very bad condition. She said that she and her neighbors are eager to see the property renovated and occupied.

Mr. Whartenby noted that lot #2 would have to take access from Linton Hill Road.

Mrs. Driscoll moved to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the final plan for Walsh Minor Subdivision, for the premises located at 385 Stoopville Road, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 19840, being Bucks County Tax Parcel Number 29-0070012, prepared by McNeill Land Surveying, LLC, with revisions dated April 10, 2012, subject to the following conditions, all of which the applicant has agreed to:

  • Subject to the waivers granted and the variances secured, the Plans shall be revised to comply with the following professional consultants’ review letters:
  • correspondence from CKS Engineering , except for the following comments, which shall be resolved as indicated:
  • SALDO Paragraph #3, a waiver is recommended from Section 402.3.B, requiring locations, names and widths of streets, location of property lines and names of adjacent owners within 400 feet of the property to be shown on the plan;
  • March 2, 2012 correspondence from Gilmore & Associates, Inc,
  • March 14, 2012 correspondence from  Boucher and James, Inc.,
  • March 13, 2012 correspondence from Bucks County Planning Commission,
  • The applicant shall comply with all terms and conditions of any variances, conditional uses and/or special exceptions granted by the Zoning Hearing Board,
  • The applicant shall supply all permits required by all Township, County, State and Federal governmental agencies.  
  • The applicant shall supply and execute all financial security documents in a form satisfactory to the Township Solicitor.
  • Applicant shall provide a will serve or appropriate agreement from the appropriate water and sewer authorities.
  • All lighting shall comply with all Township Ordinances and no glare shall extend onto adjoining properties and a note shall be added to the plan so indicating.
  • No use shall be permitted which is noxious or offensive to the immediate area by reason of odor, dust, smoke, gas, vibration, illumination or noise or which constitutes a public hazard by fire, explosion or otherwise and a note shall be added to the plan so indicating. 
  • The applicant shall execute a declaration of unilateral restrictions and covenants as to the notes of the plan.
  • All review and professional fees as required under the Township SALDO shall be paid.
  • A Traffic Impact Fee may be required when permits are issued for lot #2.

Mr. Cohen seconded and the motion passed 8-0.

Subcommittee & Liaison Reports

Board of Supervisors: The recording secretary reported that the Supervisors voted to authorize advertisement of the TC District Amendment. The Board did have a draft ordinance in its packets. The Board voted to advertise an ordinance with the following changes included:

  • Use E-4, financial establishment is permitted by conditional use;
  • No drive through uses are permitted;
  • Use E-10, service station shall remain as a conditional use;
  • Use E-11, automotive sales shall be removed as a permitted use;
  • Use E-21, parking facility shall be permitted if municipally owned;
  • Office use shall be permitted as part of a mixed use, with the residential portion of the mix limited to 50%.

Mr. Torrente said that he would forward a copy of the draft the Supervisors had authorized to the Commission members.

Historic Architectural Review Board; Mrs. Driscoll reported that HARB had reviewed and approved a sign for “Today’s Kitchens and Baths” which is moving from Village at Newtown to Goodnoe’s Corner.

Park and Recreation Board: The recording secretary reported that the Park and Recreation Board will be seeking approval to apply for a County Municipal Open Space grant to match funds raised by Jason and Natalie Cohen to build a playground in memory of their infant son, Noah. The Cohens have raised over $47,000.

Environmental Advisory Council: Mr. Fisher reported that the EAC will be hosting another community forum on June 2. He would forward more information to the members as the agenda is finalized. He confirmed with Ms. Fountain that she is still waiting for a draft from the EAC on a stormwater pamphlet for residents planning small projects which will increase impervious surface.

Mrs. Driscoll moved to adjourn at 8:30 PM. Mr. Cohen seconded and the motion passed 8-0.

Respectfully Submitted:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary