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Board of Supervisors
11/22/2016 7:30 PM


Stephen Paccione, Chairman

Kathleen Hunsicker, Vice-Chairman

Edward J. Brandt

Dr. J. Richard Booth

Mark Grey



Jamie Worman, Assistant Township Manager

Carole Culbreth, Assistant Secretary

Michael Savona, Esq., Solicitor

Kenneth Amey, Zoning Officer

Craig Kennard, Gilmore & Associates, Inc., Township Engineer


Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. in the Lower Gwynedd Township Municipal Building and led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance. The Chairman stated the Board of Supervisors met in an Executive Session before the meeting on a Real Estate matter.




The Chairman opened the meeting for public comment for items not on the agenda. There were none.




2017 Budget & Fiscal Plan

This item is scheduled for the December 13, 2016 Agenda.




Resolution No. 2016 – 31:   Ambler Yards Land Development

Mr. Savona stated 300 Brookside Commercial, LLC is the developer of two tracts of ground located within Lower Gwynedd Township, which are situated in the F-Industrial District and consisting of 24.47 acres. Ms. Pionzio stated Ambler Yards has been before the Planning Commission twice and worked with Township staff to customized Ordinance No. 505 “Mixed-Use Campus Amendment to F Industrial District Zoning Ordinance.” She asked the Board for approval of the above resolution. Mr. Brandt made a motion, seconded by Dr. Booth to adopt Resolution No. 2016-31: Ambler Yards Land Development. The motion carried 5 – 0.


Conditional Use Hearing: PFP 537, 545, 601 Bethlehem Pike

Mr. Savona stated the Board of Supervisors received the following Conditional Use Application from PFP Property Management: The application concerns 537, 545, 601 Bethlehem Pike. The Applicant is proposing 23 single family attached homes and two commercial buildings, two story, of approximately 9,000 and 10,000 square feet respectively for retail/office use. The Applicant seeks conditional use approval to construct the project pursuant to the performance standards outlined in the Lower Pike Overlay District. Mr. Savona stated David Shafkowitz, Esq. will represent PFP Property Management.

The exhibits for both the Township and PFP Property Management were entered and accepted in the record.  Mr. Shafkowitz stated Nick Rose, Protract Engineering and Steven F. Ware, Land Use and Town Planner will testify for PFP Property Management. Mr. Savona asked if the Board had any questions: Mr. Grey questioned the ingress and egress and the challenge that Roberts Road does not line up. Mr. Penna stated PennDOT has not reviewed the plan to date. Dr. Booth questioned drainage of the property. Mr. Rose stated two basins will handle the drainage. Mr. Brandt asked what will be housed on the second floor of the buildings. Mr. Penna replied office space. Mr. Brandt questioned shared parking spaces. Mr. Penna stated the activity of the property will be different from day to night with office personnel leaving the property and residents arriving back home from work. There were no other Board comments. Mr. Savona asked for comments from those in attendance. There were concerns regarding children walking along Bethlehem Pike; noise and lighting; buffering and screenings of buildings, drainage; and density.


Mr. Savona closed the record and stated the Board will consider the testimony and will render a decision at the December 13, 2016 Board meeting.


A complete transcript of the above matter is on file at the Township and will be available upon request during regular business hours.


Ordinance No. 510: Firewalls

Mr. Savona stated Ordinance No. 510: Firewalls is an ordinance amending Chapter 1440, to repeal certain technical modifications of the International Building Code related to Firewalls within a building and attached dwelling units; and repealing all inconsistent ordinances. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Dr. Booth to adopt Ordinance No. 510 – Firewalls. The motion carried 5 – 0.




Approval of an Agreement of Sale & Environmental Covenant between Lower Gwynedd Township and the Estate of Charles H. Dager; tax parcel 39-00-04024-00-5 located at 900 Sumneytown Pike, Spring House, PA

Mr. Savona asked the Board to approve the Agreement of Sale & Environmental Covenant between the Estate of Charles H. Dager and the Township for the purchase of 900 Sumneytown Pike in the amount $850,000. He stated the Township requires a clearance from the Department of Environmental Protection and an Act 2 Certification. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandt to approve the Agreement of Sale & Environmental Covenant between Lower Gwynedd Township and the Estate of

Charles H. Dager located at 900 Sumneytown Pike, Spring House, PA in the amount of $850,000. The motion carried 5 – 0.




Report from the Manager – Municipal activities, projects


Ms. Worman asked the Board for a motion to authorize application of proposed sewer billing rates for internal data entry preparation. Mr. Grey made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandt to authorize the proposed sewer billing rates for internal entry preparation. The motion carried 5 – 0.


Ms. Worman stated the Township received a FEMA reimbursement of $37,667 for the 2016 snowstorm.




The Board wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


There being no further questions or comments, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m. until the next

Regular Meeting scheduled on December 13, 2016 at the Lower Gwynedd Township Building.


Respectfully submitted,



Carole Culbreth

Assistant Secretary

Lower Gwynedd Township

Administration Building
1130 N Bethlehem Pike
PO Box 625
Spring House, PA 19477

Phone: (215) 646-5302
Fax: (215) 646-3357