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County planners' committee to resume meetings
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
A subcommittee looking at the county's subdivision and land development ordinance was sidetracked due to the fire at the county administrative offices building, but hopes to resume meeting next month.
Clearfield County Planning and Development Commission Director Jodi Brennan said at last night's meeting progress was made at the subcommittee's first meeting. The subcommittee hasn't met since due to the fire, but hopes to resume meeting in April. It has a lot of work to do moving forward, Brennan said. The subcommittee is working to review and update the county's current SALDO.
Brennan reminded municipalities of two funding opportunities. North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission is offering a transportation alternatives funding program, she said. Funding is available in Clearfield, Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties for sidewalks, planters, park benches, streetlights, pedestrian crossings and other eligible projects. More information is available at North Central's website. Applications for the next round of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grants are due on April 10, she said.
The Center for Rural PA plans to analyze the expansion and distribution of natural gas in Pennsylvania, Brennan said. Their analysis would look at demand, unserved and underserved areas, and the estimated price consumers would pay for access and conversion of natural gas service, she said. It would identify regional differences in consumer demand, and relevant information on the cost and benefit to expand the gas distribution infrastructure, she said. "One of the things we know we're lacking is the pipeline infrastructure," said Brennan.
Chairman John Kaskan noted the U.S. Census Bureau recently updated its population estimates for 2012. The county lost another 400-500 people, he said. "I believe the Marcellus impact fees will be adjusted for those, according to the new population numbers," said Kaskan. "I think the way the law is written any time the Census Bureau updates the estimates they're going to use those population numbers. I believe so, but I'll have to double check that."
Planning Specialist Rob Thomas reviewed seven subdivisions. The commission unanimously approved the Eula Allison (Bloom Township), Andrew and Barbara Haversack (Knox Township), Gary and Connie Godin (Gulich Township), Buterbaugh Bros. Land & Timber Corps (Bigler Township) and Ralph Hazelton Et Al subdivisions.
The 2-lot Allison subdivision has a total area of approximately 81.634 acres, and no zoning applies. Lot 1 (16.634 acre) is to be conveyed as forestland. It contains an overhead electric line and is provided access to state Route 4005 via a 20-foot right-of-way. A residual lot (65 acres) is to be retained by Allison. The municipality signed a non-building waiver for both lots.
Another 2-lot subdivision, the Haversack subdivision has a total area of approximately 75.858 acres, and no zoning applies. Lot 1 (3.476 acres) is to be conveyed as a residential lot. It contains an existing house, garage, 20-foot right-of-way to the residual lot, and on-lot water and sewage. A residual lot (72.382 acres) contains an existing barn, 2 ponds, overhead electric lines, and drainage ditches and is to be retained. Both lots abut SR 2012 and the municipality signed a non-building waiver.
The 2-lot Godin subdivision has a total area of approximately 8.92 acres, and no zoning applies. Lot 1 (1.98 acres) is to be conveyed as a residential lot. The lot abuts TR-542. A residual lot (6.94 acres) is to be retained and contains an existing house, barn, and connections to public sewer and water. Both lots abut TR 542, and the municipality signed a non-building waiver.
Ralph Hazelton's Et Al 2-lot subdivision has a total area of approximately 105.557 acres, and no zoning applies. Lot 1 (23.468 acres) is to be conveyed as agricultural/forestland. It contains overhead electric lines and a portion of TR 409. A residual lot (82.089 acres) abuts TR 409 and is to be retained. It contains an existing house, on-lot sewer system, overhead electric lines and a spring. The municipality has signed a non-building waiver for both lots. The subdivision falls under the county's Clean and Green program.
Buterbaugh Bros. submitted a 5-lot subdivision that has a total area of approximately 1017.40 acres, and no zoning applies. Lot 1 (679.35 acres) Lot 2 (5.12 acres), Lot 3 (37.29 acres), Lot 4 (99.12 acres) and Lot 5 (196.52 acres) abut TR 550 and are to be conveyed as forestland. Lot 1 contains overhead electric lines and three wetlands, Lot 3 overhead electric lines, Lot 4 overhead electric lines, a railroad grade, and Banion Run and Lot 5 overhead electric lines, railroad grade and Banion Run. The municipality signed a non-building waiver for all of the lots. According to the Clearfield County Assessment Office, the subdivision falls under the Clearfield County Clean and Green Program.
In a 5-1 vote, the commission approved the Edward Westover Trust subdivision in Chest Township. Jack West voted no, while Kaskan, Willie Yost, William Clouser, P.J. Patterson and Diane MacTavish voted to approve. Board members Chad Diviney and Brian Sekula were absent from the meeting.
The 4-lot subdivision has a total area of approximately 50.4 acres, and no zoning applies. Lot 1 (1.993 acres) abuts SR 3006 and is to be conveyed as a residential lot.
It contains an existing house, barn, shed, right-of-way to Lots 2 and 3 and on-lot sewer and water. Lot 2 (1.830 acres) is to be conveyed as a non-building lot and is provided access to S.R. 3006 via a 20-foot right-of-way through Lot 3. Lot 3 (1.183 acres) is to be conveyed as a non-building lot and is provided access to S.R. 3006 via 20-foot right-of-way through Lot 1.
A residual lot (45.394 acres) abuts SR 3006 and is to be retained. It contains a pavilion. The municipality signed a non-building waiver for all of the lots. The Westover Trust subdivision is enrolled in the county's Clean and Green program.
The Dorothy Smith subdivision/lot addition in Newburg was approved conditional to receipt of a non-building waiver for the residual parcel.
The 2-lot Smith subdivision/lot addition has a total area of approximately 47.3652 acres, and no zoning applies. Lot 1 (0.0774 acre) is to be conveyed as a lot addition to the Smith property. After lot consolidation, the lot would contain 0.2636 acres, a house, existing on-lot septic, and water. A residual lot (47.1016 acres) is to be retained by Delbert Pennington. Both lots abut Market Street.
CCPDC's next meeting is scheduled for April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the 911 Center on Leonard Street.
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