Township Solicitor Donald Karpowich explained that the board must convene a hearing within 60 days of the submission date which will include a presentation of the plan and allow for public comment.
“We are actually going to conduct a hearing like the zoning hearing board does, we are going to have to have a stenographer here. It’s formal. The rules of evidence apply –they are going to have to enter exhibits; they are going to have to be marked to be identified in the record,” Atty. Karpowich advised.
The meeting will be advertised to be held on Tuesday March 22 at 6 pm for a Conditional Use Hearing and Tentative Plan approval.
“When we go to our planning commission meeting we will go over it, this is a different animal,” the solicitor reported. The township engineer will do a thorough review and provide comments to the planners and the supervisors. “We will probably have the engineer do the review and come to the planning meeting and probably the public meeting.
“Somethings that are very simple or things that we can handle, we don’t want to burden the applicant with the additional costs. But given the magnitude of this project, we believe it is prudent to have the engineer here, and the supervisors directed it,” Karpowich added.
Beyond these next steps, the attorney stated, “If they get Tentative Plan Approval, they still have to come in for the Subdivision and Land Development. It sort of confines us to certain reviews.”
He noted that the Subdivision and Land Development process starts all of the 3rd party approvals and that requires a full, detailed review. He assured, “This won’t be completed the end of March, by no means.”
In other business, the board approved the popular, annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2 pm at the municipal building. Sign-up sheets will be at the municipal building until March 14, 2016. Ages 1 thru 10 are welcome.