Impervious Coverage Changes on Planners’ Agenda

SANATOGA PA – Members of Lower Pottsgrove’s planning commission, who have had few real estate development items to deal with during the pandemic and as a result haven’t met for months, will do so virtually Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2021) at 6:30 p.m. on the Zoom conferencing platform, here.

Its agenda says they’ll look to review changes of language in the township code regarding impervious coverage, and deal with administrative matters.

The meeting is free to attend online and is open to the public by computer, or by phone at 1-929-436-2866. A copy of the meeting agenda is available for download from the township website, here.

Planners are being asked to make a recommendation to the township Board of Commissioners on a proposed amendment that defines “impervious coverage” of surfaces, which affects how much falling rain or melting snow drains into township storm sewers.

The changes are “favorable and reasonable for residents,” township Manager Ed Wagner explained to the board during its Jan. 21 meeting. A problem with Lower Pottsgrove zoning law affecting residential zones, he said, is that its description of “building coverage” on a property does not define impervious coverage like sidewalks and driveways.

The changes, he and Solicitor Charles Garner Jr. said, make it easier to understand and will help residents avoid future zoning hearings. Garner described them as “needed in the ordinance.” The matter is scheduled for an April 5 public hearing by the board. Planning commissioners are being asked to offer their opinions ahead of the hearing. It also is being reviewed by the county Planning Commission.

Also Tuesday, Planning Commissioners are scheduled to:

  • Conduct their annual reorganization, and select a chairman and vice-chairman;
  • Approve their scheduled meeting dates in 2021 for Tuesday, Feb. 16; and Mondays on March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20; and
  • Approve their Nov. 16 (2020) meeting minutes.

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