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    other new chapters In regards to work schedule Ms Wolff presented the Chapter Topic and Work Schedule which included the following chapters which are tentatively grouped together for discussion Community Goals Objectives Introduction Regional Location Historic Overview Demographic Socioeconomic Trends Natural Resources Open Space and Farmland Preservation Land Use Characteristics and Development Trends Residential Development Nonresidential Development Economic Activity Community Facilities Wastewater Water Issues and Stormwater Management Transportation and Circulation Future Land Use Management Implementation Ms Wolff presented a draft of the Community Goals and Objectives that was reviewed by the Planning Commission last September which incorporated the changes that were discussed at that meeting Ms Wolf stated a lot of time was spent discussing a residential survey at the initial few meetings but the real focus of the plan update is to update the numbers and everything that needs Page 2 Planning Commission February 1 2016 to be updated but to focus on non residential development and economic development Rather than a residential survey it was changed to a business survey Ms Wolff presented a draft of the business survey which reflects the comments made by the Planning Commission at the meeting last September The business draft survey was sent to the Township Manager to present to the Board of Supervisors for their discussion but she did not hear if they wished to go forward with the business survey or wanted changes made In regards to the map on the front page of the survey Mr Christ noted he liked the format of the map Mr Christ and Mr Carnes noted to possibly take out the words Comprehensive Plan Update under the words Business Survey at the top of the front page of the survey but agreed to send the survey to the Township Manager as is for the Supervisor s review Mr Christ noted Ms Wolff should contact Lorraine Leslie Township Treasurer for a business list or get information from the Township Tax Collector in regards to addresses to mailing the survey Ms Wolff reviewed the draft of the Statement of Community Goals and Objectives which shows existing provisions to remain bold type that shows proposed provisions and the strike through type which shows the provisions to be deleted that were discussed at the September meeting Ms Wolff noted the sections of Economic Development and Transportation should be added at the time those chapters will be discussed The results of the survey may come into play when discussing some of the chapters Ms Wolff noted on page 5 Community Planning and Design Policy 1 the wording is not right Mr Wynn stated it should read To provide performance standards that include various factors that will affect the ability to use the land and to make known to Developers and Realtors those standards which the community intends to follow so that the developers may take these into account in their investment decisions Discussion ensued regarding the importance of the Comprehensive Plan and that it is the policy book for

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    tract and the applicant notify the downstream property owner that the development is taking place Mr McMackin stated a sketch plan was submitted a few months ago and received some feedback from the Township The parcel is located directly across the street from A T Subaru and the applicant is looking to construct a 6 000 sf building to support the business as an auto repair car washing facility There will be no customers in and out of the building The majority of the project is located in West Rockhill Township with a portion of the parking facilities and a majority of the street frontage located in Hilltown Township Mr McMackin stated a land development application has been submitted to West Rockhill Township and a Planning Page 3 Board of Supervisors January 25 2016 Commission meeting scheduled for February 9 2016 The applicant will still come into Hilltown Township for zoning grading earth disturbance and stormwater management permits but is asking for the land development waiver to simplify the process and leave all of the land development issues and recording of the plan with West Rockhill Township Mr McMackin stated all of the items listed in Mr Wynn s review letter dated January 7 2016 will be complied with Two waivers were requested parking setback from the right of way is 10 feet instead of 15 feet and a waiver from the roadway improvements for curbing sidewalk etc in lieu of a contribution Motion was made by Supervisor Groff seconded by Supervisor Bennington and carried unanimously to approve the Land Development Waiver for AF Partnership contingent upon compliance with Mr Wynn s review letter dated January 7 2016 and a capital contribution equal to the waived public street improvements on the portion in Hilltown Township and the downstream property owner will receive notice of development activity Supervisor Bennington stated since the applicant does not comply with the 2 acre minimum site area will they have to get a variance from the zoning ordinance Mr Wynn stated he didn t think that was something that was needed in this case because it is an existing lot and the majority of the lot is in West Rockhill Township along with all of the development except for a small portion of the parking area is within West Rockhill Township and they meet the requirements in West Rockhill Township There was no public comment 7 ENGINEERING a Kirk Tract Subdivision Proposed development and street name revision Mr Wynn stated the developer of the Kirk Tract Subdivision is requesting the name be revised to Highfield Estates and the street name be revised to Winterberry Lane Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to approve the development and street name revision to the Kirk Tract Subdivision to Highfield Estates and the street name to Winterberry Lane There was no public comment b Regency at Hilltown Proposed development signage plan revision Mr Wynn stated the ordinance requires the development sign be

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    was made by Mr Carnes seconded by Mr Nogami and carried unanimously to deny the preliminary plan for Bethel Land Tracts Subdivision unless an extension is received before the next Board of Supervisors meeting Mr Hansen questioned if the plan should contain documentation relative to the level of maintenance that will be completed within the open space areas Mr Fulmer stated there will be an open space management plan that would identify the level of maintenance that is expected to be done on the open space by the homeowner s association and it will be part of the plan set and be utilized in the homeowner s association documents Ms Raffaelli stated it will be part of their re submission Mr Fulmer confirmed that the part of the development in Hilltown Township will be phase 3 of the project There was no public comment b AF Partnership L D Waiver Scott McMackin P E Auto Repair and Detailing 801 Bethlehem Pike Mr Scott McMackin P E Cowan Associates Inc was in attendance to present the AF Partnership Land Development Waiver Mr McMackin stated the applicant proposes to develop an auto repair car washing facility use and accessory parking on the 1 45 acres located along the west side of Bethlehem Pike partially within the LI Zoning District The proposed building and a majority of the access driveway parking lot network is located in West Rockhill Township and a portion of the parking facilities and a majority of the street frontage is located in Hilltown Township The 6 000 sf building will be mainly used for working on body shop and detailing of automobiles and no patrons will be coming in and out The building size was reduced the parking lot requirements were reduced and they were able to get the stormwater management facility underneath the parking lot to eliminate potential zoning issues for both municipalities C Robert Wynn s review letter dated January 7 2016 was discussed Mr McMackin stated the applicant is requesting a land development waiver but still come into Hilltown Township for grading earth disturbance and stormwater management permits Mr Fulmer pointed out there are some requirements of the subdivision and land development ordinance that may be important to implement in regards to the parking lot set back requirements Hilltown Township requires 15 feet but they are only showing 10 feet on the plan Also the Township can require street improvements within the frontage of the site in Hilltown Township If a waiver is going to be granted for these requirements some type of capital contribution in lieu of the requirements could be worked out Mr Fulmer stated the waiver of land development does not relieve the applicant from complying with the zoning requirements They would still need approval from Hilltown from the zoning standpoint or at least to show that Page 4 Planning Commission January 19 2016 they are not violating any zoning requirements The waiver of land development process simplifies the planning process in Hilltown because there are not any major planning issues that will be dealt with Mr McMackin stated in regards to the neighboring residential property he will address the concentrated flow issue to make sure the residential property will not be impacted Mr McMackin discussed the parking lot setback requirements and the waiver of street improvements Mr Carnes stated in regards to the waiver of street improvements the Township usually recommends the capital contribution in lieu of those improvements Mr Hansen asked if the neighbors are aware of this project Mr Fulmer stated land development waivers do not require notification of surrounding property owners Mr Nogami stated he would not like to see the neighbors short changed if they do not know what is going on with the project Mr Fulmer asked if West Rockhill Township notified the neighbors Mr McMackin stated he does not know but will check Mr Apple stated it was a good job on the changes for the project Motion was made by Mr Apple seconded by Mr Hansen and carried unanimously to recommend land development waiver for AF Partnership recommend the setback waiver contingent upon the comments contained in C Robert Wynn s letter dated January 7 2016 and providing a capital contribution in lieu of frontage street improvements There was no public comment c Rosenthal Properties Concept Plan Wally Rosenthal Commercial Residential Development Bethlehem Pike Swartley Road Mr Wally Rosenthal was in attendance to present the Rosenthal Properties Concept plan Mr Rosenthal explained that he is looking for support and encouragement from the planning commission in regards to the project consisting of mixed use in that commercial will be on the front of the property along Route 309 and a series of different types of housing for a retirement village that would permit over 55 housing and possibly a continuing care retirement community in a mid rise building in the back of the property Water and sewer for the site will be supplied by Hatfield Township The amenities would be built in advance including the infrastructure clubhouse pool and this would generate quite an expense so they are hoping to get some relief on some zoning requirements Mr Rosenthal discussed the following items in which he will be seeking some latitude modification or overall relief 1 Reduction in the open space requirement from 40 to 25 with the difference being approximately 5 acres for the whole project 2 The Board of Supervisors has expressed a desire to have a corridor built of commercial use up and down Route 309 and he would ask to extend the existing 40 acres of PC 1 zoning to the back to the new 18 acres to permit the retirement village in conjunction with the front commercial development Page 5 Planning Commission January 19 2016 3 Reduction of the amount of parking spaces required per square foot of retail commercial space Mr Rosenthal stated the Walmart Center is about 3 6 spaces per 1 000 square feet versus 5 5 spaces

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    unanimously to appoint Dunlap Associates as the Township Certified Public Accountant Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to appoint Quakertown National Bank as the Township Depository Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to appoint Heinrich and Klein as Township Traffic Engineer There was no public comment 9 BOARD APPOINTMENTS a Planning Commission Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to reappoint Jon Apple to another 4 year term on the Planning Commission ending 12 31 19 There was no public comment Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to appoint Kirk Hansen to a 4 year term on the Planning Commission ending 12 31 19 There was no public comment b Zoning Hearing Board Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to reappoint Tim Browning to another 3 year term on the Zoning Hearing Board ending 12 31 18 There was no public comment c Water and Sewer Authority Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington and seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to reappoint Melvin Wright to another 5 year term on the Water and Sewer Authority ending 12 31 20 There was no public comment Page 3 Board of Supervisors January 4 2016 d Vacancy Board Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to reappoint John Wietecha to another 1 year term on the Vacancy Board ending 12 31 16 There was no public comment e Parks and Recreation Board no applicants f Emergency Management Coordinator Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to reappoint Ray Fegley to another 1 year term as the Emergency Management Coordinator ending 12 31 16 There was no public comment g Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to reappoint Thomas Louden to another 1 year term as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator ending 12 31 16 There was no public comment h Agricultural Officer Emergency Management Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to reappoint John Wietecha to another 1 year term as the Agricultural Officer Emergency Management ending 12 31 16 There was no public comment i UCC Board of Appeals Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to reappoint H Joseph Phillip to another 5 year term on the UCC Board of Appeals ending 12 31 20 There was no public comment 10 TREASURER S BOND LIMIT Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to recommend the Treasurer s Bond limit of 2 5 million dollars There was no public comment 11 19 RESOLUTIONS 2016 1 THROUGH 2016 9 Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to adopt the following resolutions

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    they apply for an exemption to the County Board of Assessment it would be granted The projected total cost of this project is about 1 2 million is a large project to take on and hope the thrift shop with increased square footage will yield enough to pay for itself and continue to help NOVA provide direct service at no cost Chairman McIlhinney stated he made his point that there is money available that is spent on various things including notably good things for the community however they are going into competition with other retail outlets who then have to pay the taxes to make up for what they may not be paying Mr Smeland stated the applicant is asking for preliminary and final approval The waivers were discussed back in October Supervisor Bennington asked for clarification of the hours of operation Mr Smeland stated the hours of operation is 10 00 AM 5 00 PM Monday Saturday and 12 00 PM 5 00 PM on Sunday Mr Wynn stated the cost estimate of waived improvements for fee in lieu of is 22 807 80 and that is for the widening and curb that they are not doing Solicitor Harris stated there was discussion on how the issue of a new use and traffic study would be resolved and what is the condition if the Board of Supervisors were to grant preliminary final approval based on the Page 5 Board of Supervisors December 14 2015 consultant s review letters with the revision that was talked about regarding the traffic study what relief are they requesting from the traffic engineer Andreas Heinrich s letter Mr Smeland stated in regards to Mr Heinrich s letter dated October 23 2015 1 Another traffic study and traffic count on a Saturday hours it is not necessary they know what the problem is at the intersection and it is not going to show anything different then what they already know as the issues and it is not going to change the end conclusion of the results 2 They do not want to do an additional traffic study for no reason because it is not going to give additional data that is going to help to make a different decision Mr Smeland stated what he would be comfortable with is that he addresses these issues to the comfort level of Mr Heinrich and will do additional studies if needed Mr Smeland stated if additional study data is needed there will not be any kind of revision to the plan or to the intersection Chairman McIlhinney stated it is already a failing intersection no improvements are being proposed of any kind as per the last discussion and there is a report from Mr Heinrich of what to do and Mr Smeland is stating he knows better than Mr Heinrich Mr Smeland stated he is looking at the conclusions and the results of what Mr Heinrich says to do Mr Smeland stated the applicant is willing to put a street light up to help the intersection in the evening hours to increase visibility and resolve the other issues with Mr Heinrich to his satisfaction Mr Wynn stated if there are changes that need to be made to the plan for example the radius it is not unusual for that to happen after final plan approval for a change like that If there is a significant change it would have to come back to the Board as a revised final plan It was noted that settlement is on January 8 2016 Supervisor Bennington stated he truly believes that the work that NOVA does is exemplary and needed in the community and if he were on the board of NOVA he would certainly apply for tax exemption to see where the chips fell Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to grant preliminary final plan approval for the NOVA Network of Victims Assistance land development with the conditions discussed in regards to Mr Heinrich s review letter dated October 23 2015 the remaining items in Mr Wynn s review letter dated August 24 2015 the traffic study note on the plan the offer of the street light and the plan subject for a re review if there is a major change There was no public comment 5 NEW BUSINESS a Pennridge Community Center Patricia Guth who serves on the advisory board was in attendance to make a brief presentation on the Pennridge Community Center Mrs Guth thanked the Board of Supervisors for their generous contributions to the center over the past seven years Mrs Guth stated the center is a community center with no restrictions on Page 6 Board of Supervisors December 14 2015 membership age and is available to all residents of the community Currently the center s membership is 650 people The programs that are offered are focused on life skills technology social life fitness wellness health care and other activities such as art classes book clubs reading writing and research In the past two years the center was awarded two competitive grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging The first grant was in the amount of 35 108 00 to improve the technology program The second grant was in the amount of 74 969 00 to remodel the patio with a concrete floor and a roof The center must generate all funds required for operation which includes a mortgage insurance utilities and upkeep Funds come from yearly membership fees rental fees fundraisers and donations from individuals and municipalities To have a balanced budget the center needs to generate 15 202 00 and hope that Hilltown Township will be able to help Mrs Guth continued to state the center is most appreciative of Hilltown Township s past contributions and hope they will again consider the Pennridge Community Center worthy of their continued support Chairman McIlhinney questioned the 74 969 00 grant and asked why it was carried over Mrs Guth explained their

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    2015 It was stated they would like to avoid shared driveways if they are able to Mr Wynn noted the intersection is one of the rare multi stop intersections in the Township 10 Waivers may be needed when the preliminary plan is submitted 11 This comment is a cursory comment as it is a sketch plan and an early review Mr Christ questioned the stormwater management facility for all of the lots and if it is going to be set on someone s private property Mr Kesner stated it will depend on whether or not there will be a Homeowner s Association to maintain the basin and that still needs to be decided It was stated the basin is planted with shrubs and seeding mixes for water quality and absorption Mr Carnes stated he is glad the applicant backed off on the flag lot it gives flexibility he understands it is hard to make very definitive precise plans and the four lots makes sense for this property Mr Nogami Mr Christ and Mr Apple all agreed with Mr Carnes Mr Carnes stated if private ownership can take care of the basin then that seems to be a lot cleaner than doing a home owner s association just for the basin It was noted the Township does not take ownership of basins unless it happens to be on open space Mr Wynn added there will be a maintenance agreement for the lot in regards to the basin that will be recorded so whoever buys the lot will know the responsibilities of taking care of the basin 5 PLANNING None 6 ORDINANCES a Miscellaneous Zoning Ordinance Revisions Dave Taylor Zoning Officer Mr Taylor presented suggested ordinance changes that he has come across while do his duties as a zoning officer Items offered for discussion were Page 3 Planning Commission December 7 2015 1 Base shed 250 sq ft or less setbacks on lot size rather than Zoning District Discussion included possibly having smaller sheds on smaller lots possibly getting treated on a matrix in regards to shed size on smaller lots and cluster subdivisions being treated separately from the rest of the rural residential zoned developments Mr Taylor will review the sheds 2 Remove requirement for 15 separation between residential accessory buildings and principal structure All members were in favor 3 Allow Accessory Family Dwellings in basements when basements exit to grade Discussion ensued on rental properties stairwells in regards to income properties the requirements for egress out of bedroom windows and the current zoning requirements for an accessory family dwelling All members were in favor 4 Allow Non Residential Accessory Buildings for permitted conforming institutional uses in the RR CR 1 and CR 2 Zoning Districts Discussion took place in allowing churches and schools to have sheds and to possibly put a limit on the number of sheds allowed or the total number of square footage of structures allowed the legitimate need for a shed that is not covered by the

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    13 2015 It was stated they would like to avoid shared driveways if they are able to Mr Wynn noted the intersection is one of the rare multi stop intersections in the Township 10 Waivers may be needed when the preliminary plan is submitted 11 This comment is a cursory comment as it is a sketch plan and an early review Mr Christ questioned the stormwater management facility for all of the lots and if it is going to be set on someone s private property Mr Kesner stated it will depend on whether or not there will be a Homeowner s Association to maintain the basin and that still needs to be decided It was stated the basin is planted with shrubs and seeding mixes for water quality and absorption Mr Carnes stated he is glad the applicant backed off on the flag lot it gives flexibility he understands it is hard to make very definitive precise plans and the four lots makes sense for this property Mr Nogami Mr Christ and Mr Apple all agreed with Mr Carnes Mr Carnes stated if private ownership can take care of the basin then that seems to be a lot cleaner than doing a home owner s association just for the basin It was noted the Township does not take ownership of basins unless it happens to be on open space Mr Wynn added there will be a maintenance agreement for the lot in regards to the basin that will be recorded so whoever buys the lot will know the responsibilities of taking care of the basin 5 PLANNING None 6 ORDINANCES a Miscellaneous Zoning Ordinance Revisions Dave Taylor Zoning Officer Mr Taylor presented suggested ordinance changes that he has come across while do his duties as a zoning officer Items offered for discussion were Page 3 Planning Commission December 7 2015 1 Base shed 250 sq ft or less setbacks on lot size rather than Zoning District Discussion included possibly having smaller sheds on smaller lots possibly getting treated on a matrix in regards to shed size on smaller lots and cluster subdivisions being treated separately from the rest of the rural residential zoned developments Mr Taylor will review the sheds 2 Remove requirement for 15 separation between residential accessory buildings and principal structure All members were in favor 3 Allow Accessory Family Dwellings in basements when basements exit to grade Discussion ensued on rental properties stairwells in regards to income properties the requirements for egress out of bedroom windows and the current zoning requirements for an accessory family dwelling All members were in favor 4 Allow Non Residential Accessory Buildings for permitted conforming institutional uses in the RR CR 1 and CR 2 Zoning Districts Discussion took place in allowing churches and schools to have sheds and to possibly put a limit on the number of sheds allowed or the total number of square footage of structures allowed the legitimate need for a shed that is not covered by

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    Resolution 2015 15 for the Hilltown Ridge street acceptance There was no public comment b Tree Branch Recycling Facility Mr Wynn presented a plan for the tree branch recycling facility showing an eight foot high chain link fence either black or brown located on three sides and open in the front for trucks to pull in and dusk to dawn solar lighting Mr Wynn stated he will seek proposals and noted he is still working on the cameras for the facility c Moyer Road Bridge Bundling Program Mr Wynn stated the Moyer Road Bridge has been accepted along with four other townships The H K Group has been the firm Page 3 Board of Supervisors November 23 2015 selected for the design and is scheduled to kick off the construction details on December 1 2015 at District 6 It was noted that the State will pay all of the costs 8 UNFINISHED BUSINESS None 9 NEW BUSINESS a Public Works Contract 2016 2017 Township Manager Richard Schnaedter reviewed the contract between the municipality and the public works department with minor changes consisting of 1 It is a 2 year contract instead of a 3 year contract 2 It allows for 3 pay increases for each of the two years 3 Increase in longevity after five years from 1 350 00 to 1 400 00 Supervisor Bennington thanked the Public Works Department in negotiating in good faith as they always do Mr Schnaedter stated the Public Works Department would like to express their appreciation to the Board of Supervisors for their fairness and understanding Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to approve Resolution 2015 16 to accept and approve the Public Works Contract for 2016 2017 There was no public comment b Hilltown Township HR Manual Housekeeping Township Manager Richard Schnaedter stated the only revision to the HR Manual is identifying DVHIT as Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust on page 27 Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to revise page 27 in the HR Manual in identifying DVHIT as Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust There was no public comment c Special Police Service added to the fee schedule Chief Engelhart requested the Board of Supervisors to add a section for special police services to the fee schedule in the amount of 80 00 per hour per officer for special police service Motion was made by Supervisor Bennington seconded by Supervisor Groff and carried unanimously to add to the fee schedule 80 00 per hour for special police services per the October 30 2015 memo from Chief Engelhart There was no public comment Supervisor Bennington asked Chief Engelhart if he responded to several recent memos regarding stop lights stop signs speed bumps etc Chief Engelhart stated he did respond and stated the Board would be the one to request a study but has not received any responses back Page 4 Board of Supervisors November 23 2015 d Discussion

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