PUBLIC MEETING ON COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
MAY 15, 2006
Chairman Al Gailey opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance. The Planning Commission members introduced themselves. Al Gailey introduced Dick Sutter and Pat Rabits of R. C. Sutter and Associates, Inc. Al Gailey turned the meeting over to Dick Sutter to present what has been done on the Comprehensive Plan.
Dick Sutter presented a slide show highlighting the work done on the comprehensive plan. He explained that the Comprehensive Plan was started in November 2004 and at that time he predicted it would take approximately 18 months to 2 years to complete and that they were within that time frame. He said that this was the beginning of the public process which involves showing the plans to the public and that copies were available for review at the township building and a copy was also available to view on the township’s website. He said that the Comprehensive Plan was pretty much focused on such things as land use, transportation, community facilities, and public utilities. He said that the Planning Commission has worked with R. P. Sutter & Associates Inc. in developing the plan and that the plan is unique for our area. After reviewing the plan, Mr. Sutter turned the meeting over to the Planning Commission to answer any comments or questions the public may have.
Steve Yurasek stated that nothing was mentioned about the mining and being that this area was mined two and three seams that makes a big difference in what can be put on the surface because of the settling. He stated that this information should be available at the courthouse. Mr. Sutter stated that if it was OK with the group the mining information could be added to the geology section of the plan.
Robert Stephens commented regarding the business industrial park mentioned. He asked what would be the size of the industrial park, the general location and what types of businesses would be recommended for the park. Mr. Sutter said that the recommended general location would be along the Rt. 22 corridor specifically Chickaree Hill. Mr. Sutter said it would probably contain businesses similar to the ones located in the Ebensburg Industrial Park.
Ed Nichalke asked about the acquisition of the Rager Mountain area by the state. He asked what input, if any, is the township going to have as far as any regulations and land use. Dick Sutter said the township regulations would regulate what was in that area regardless if it is state owned or privately owned. He said that the one exception is if it is on state game commission lands. He said that there is some controversy over how much local ordinances could impact state game lands.
Since there were no other public comments, Dick Sutter explained that the next step would be to review the comments they received tonight. They also received other comments from other people and the Planning Commission members. Sutter will take all these comments and make refinements to the Comprehensive Plan. They will mail out the edited document to the Planning Commission. He stated that tonight the Planning Commission will want to recommend the adoption of the plan with all the edits they have received to date. After the Planning Commission recommends adoption, it is up to the Board of Supervisors to hold a public hearing. After the public hearing, they would take all those comments at the public hearing and make the final edits to the plan. The Board of Supervisors could then adopt the plan.
Mr. Sutter explained that as a result of tonight they are going to make all the edits they received and incorporate them, plus some other ones received, into the comprehensive plan and generate a new document. Final copies and CD’s will then be available for review. Mr. Sutter said that the date for the public hearing to be held by the supervisor’s board has not yet been set. It will probably be in June.
Don Knopsnyder made a motion to adjourn the public meeting at 7:29 p.m. Bruce Baker seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion carried.
MAY 15, 2006
The Jackson Township Planning Commission meeting was called to order by Chairman Al Gailey on May 15, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. All members were present.
There were no public comments.
Don Knopsnyder made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 17, 2006 meeting and Laird Rager seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion passed.
Paul Wrywas, Secretary, read the following correspondence: Water Allocation Application, Letter from Cambria County Planning Commission Land Use Regulation Survey, Letter from Richard Sutter re. Multi Comp Plan
Don Knopsnyder made a motion to move forward with the comprehensive plan and submit the Comprehensive Plan to the supervisors to complete the next step which is the public meeting to seek comments on the plan. The motion was seconded by Paul Wyrwas. All in favor. Motion passed.
Bruce updated the board on the progress made on the Central Cambria Coalition Committee.
At the coalition meeting, a topic of discussion was coal bed methane gas removal extraction. He said that the township should make sure that the new subdivision ordinance specifically addresses gas and oil wells to make sure that companies dealing with gas and oil wells must submit a site plan for review. This is one way the township can help in someway to regulate the oil and gas wells. He said that Cambria Township is considering a noise ordinance to address the wells.
Bruce Baker updated the committee on the situation in Leisure Village. He stated that Mr. McKool has done some work but an inventory of the place is worse today than it was when it started. He said a date will be set for the court hearing.
Bruce said that C. J. Webb should be submitting a draft windmill ordinance for the Planning Commission to consider next month.
The site plan of Cingular Wireless was reviewed. Bruce Baker made a motion to approve the site plan and the motion was seconded by Paul Wrywas. All in favor. Motion passed.
There was no other new business.
Don Knopsnyder made a motion to adjourn the meeting a 7:57 p.m. Bruce Baker seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion passed.
Paul Wyrwas - Secretary