Schuylkill Township
Planning Commission
MEETING DATE: July 18, 2018

Jim Reading called the meeting to order at 8:00pm. Members of the Planning Commission in attendance were: Morris Quigg, Eric Rahe, Barbara Cohen, Curtis English, Michael Bauer and Michael Pellegrino. Current appointed Board of Supervisors in attendance in the audience were M. Majewski, J. Morrison, M. Donovan, and S. Guerette.

Morris Quigg made the motion to approve the minutes from the June 18, 2018 meeting.  Mike Pellegrino seconded the motion. All approved.

Brian O’Leary from Chester County appeared before the Planning Commission to present the new Landscapes 3 map and Chester County comprehensive plan update.  Chester County is the number 4 county to live in within the United States based on health and wealth.  The median average home price in Chester County is $337,000, the highest in the entire state. Thirty percent population growth is expected in the next ten years.  Senior citizens will double in number. Landscapes is planning for this growth and envisions more affordable housing, preserving open space and historic preservation, maintaining farmlands and further development of public transportation.  The Landscapes map has overlays based on density of the following areas: Urban Center, Suburban Center, Rural Center, Suburban, Rural and Agricultural.  This is an advisory guide only, municipalities are not bound by map. Each municipality has sole control over its zoning districts.  This is to help municipalities guide development around existing urban areas and connect throughout multiple communities. The Municipal Planning Code requires the County have a comprehensive plan to guide municipalities on growth and preservation.  Each municipality must chose to opt-in to the plan. The county provides approximately 10 million dollars in grants to municipalities for open space, urban development, trails, etc.    Commercial redevelopment is becoming a big trend with the mixed use of existing commercial space, such as Exton Mall and King of Prussia. They have retail, medical, entertainment, restaurants, residential, grocery, etc all in one location.  The comprehensive plan also calls for the return of the commuter train from Philadelphia to the Phoenixville area. They are currently working with SEPTA to get the Paoli/Thorndale line extended to Coatesville.  The Board of Supervisors will vote at their next meeting on whether the township will opt in to the Landscapes 3 plan based on the recommendation of the planning commission.

With no further business to discuss, Jim Reading made a motion to adjourn. Erich Rahe seconded the motion and the meeting was adjourned at 9:25p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kimberly Yocom
Zoning Administrative Officer/Asst. Township Secretary

Next meeting: Wednesday September 19, 2018   *THERE IS NO AUGUST 2018 MEETING*