PLANNING COMMISSION
DECEMBER 18,  2006

The Jackson Township Planning Commission meeting was called to order by Chairman Al Gailey on December 18, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. All members were present.

Public Comments
There were no public comments.

Minutes
Don Knopsnyder made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 20, 2006 meeting. Bruce Baker seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion passed.

Correspondence
Paul Wyrwas read the following correspondence. Information regarding Planning Seminars; letter from Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency written to Mr. Edward Nischalke explaining that some deficiencies exist that need to be resolved prior to planning module approval; copy of letter from the Jackson Township Board of Supervisors to Richard P. Sutter and Associates with an agreement for the year 2007 to cover various planning and consulting services

New Business
The information received on the proposed Nichalke subdivision was reviewed. Jerry Thomas stated that there were some deficiencies on the planning module which some things he was not aware of until he received the certified letter. He stated that they are addressing those deficiencies presently, and they should be submitting the subdivison module probably by the end of the week. He said on the map itself, because they cannot ask for any vote on it, they would like the planning commission to look at it and any deficiencies they may note on the map brought up so he can address the deficiencies prior to asking for a recommendation for approval. Don Knopsnyder said several issues were brought up in addition to the sewage module. One was the easement from the camp sites to the proposed location of the sewage facility and the other one was the right-of-way agreement (accessing the property from Benshoff Hill Road). Mr. Nichalke stated that access would be from Sharkey Road which is a public road. Jerry stated that presently, because the spray field is not officially to be used yet, we find no reason to record an easement yet. Also an easement coming into here as far as a specific meets and bound agreement, a general easement agreement will be drawn in accordance with those ones.

Also the road easement will be the same thing. All the turns in the road we would have a list that covers the entire page and if by some chance nothing happens and this would not be approved, if we recorded one prior to this there would be an easement at the courthouse meaning nothing. So that is why none of the easements have been recorded or anything drawn up. Mr. Nichalke stated that the access road is actually his sisterís property. I mean my sisterís property has access to that road so the road can never really be closed or moved. The existing property there, Gary and Alice Mayer, you know thatís my sister. They donít quite understand the other part of this with the planning module all of those lots were cut out of that property by my father prior to me owning the property. I mean for 20+ years there has been someone living there. Al Gailey stated that DEP requires an inspection from 1972 on. Anything that comes out. It doesnít matter who owns it when. Al stated that he checked it because that was his question. Al stated that even though the one was vacant there was probably a house in there, a septic system and a well. Jerry stated that he located the septic system and a well and the old farmhouse which will be shown on the map. Mr. Nichalke stated that in fact the sewage enforcement had been out and inspected all of the existing sewage systems. Mr. Thomas stated that if there are any other deficiencies that could be noted on the map other than what for DEP proposes. The one has to have a letter officially asking Paulís brother if he wants to officially participate in the planning module and DEP says that everyone always says no but you have to officially ask them. Don Knopsnyder asked if they have to deny him officially too. Al stated that as long as you donít get a response. Don Knopsnyder stated that basically the stumbling block is the sewage planning module. Jerry stated that the easement is shown on the map and it is addressed on one of the notes. Don Knopsnyder made a motion that we table the review of the Nichalke subdivision pending receipt of the sewage planning module. Laird Rager seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion passed.

The information received on the proposed DeRubis subdivision was reviewed. Three questions were raised concerning the subdivision: The first issue was if a variance would be required since this area is zoned commercial and the proposed use of the property is residential and since the property is located within two townships whose rules would you go by. The second question was the right-of-way for the Todd Smith property. The third area was the lack of documentation from respective water and sewer authorities stating that there were taps available. Since this was just a preliminary review, no vote was needed because the board was not taking any action.

Old Business
Proposed Subdivision Ordinance - Richard Sutter asked if there were any final comments before they produce the draft that will begin the adoption process. He said that they need to produce an ordinance that everyone agrees is the one that is going to make it through the final process. Bruce stated that he thought this was going to be the final draft that everyone could review to make sure the changes were made. Mr. Sutter stated that Pat would make the changes and he would get hard copies of the draft to the office the first week of January so the Planning Commission members would have roughly 2 weeks to review the draft prior to the regular monthly meeting. Bruce asked if anyone had their comments on the zoning map changes. Don Knopsnyder stated that he questioned the designation of R1 or R2 on Fords Corner Road. He also said that he remembered there were some questions on the Commercial areas. Bruce said that everyone should have their final comments on the map for next month.

Central Cambria Coalition - Bruce had nothing to report on the coalition.

Don Knopsnyder made a motion to set the reorganization meeting for January 15, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular monthly meeting. Bruce Baker seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion passed.

Bruce Baker made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m. Bruce Baker seconded the motion. All in favor. Motion passed.

Respectively Submitted,
Paul Wyrwas - Secretary

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