Zoning commissioner April 25, 2012

On April 25, 2012 the Newbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) held their regular scheduled monthly meeting in the upstairs meeting room of Newbury Town Hall. Carolyn Paschke called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m. with Jerry Hudak, Judd Douglas, Sue Wagner and alternates Steve Kitko and Margaret Avalon present.
Sue Wagner moved and Judd Douglas seconded the approval of the minutes that passed by unanimous vote.
Ms. Paschke attended the April 4. 2012 Trustee meeting for guidance on how best to protect the township with the proposed Alternate Energy zoning proposals for wind and solar installations regarding bonds for roads, de-commissioning structures, etc. The trustees agreed it would be best for them to review the proposals prior to sending the amendments to the planning Commission. Ms. Pasche distributed copies of the revised Wind Turbine code for their information. The Trustees suggested including the “land banking” definition with the next revision; Glen Quigley misunderstood the first definition submitted.
Ms. Hrabak suggested revising the WT setback ratio from 1.5 to 1.1 per industry seminar (attended by several of the ZC members) recommendation. Mr. Hudak suggested the members review the WT code and come prepared to vote at the next meeting. Ms. Endres suggested changing/correcting several definitions and identified pages 57 & 70 format updates.
Ms. Paschke summarized the items for the next amendment: land-banking and conditional use definitions, solar and wind turbine codes to be reviewed by the trustees prior to submission to the Planning Commission. Any trustee questions or comments should be reviewed during the next ZC session. Ms. Avalon questioned the fees for alternate energy applications: Ms. Endres said that today it would fall under the “other” category with $25 for R-1 and $ 50 for all other districts. A fair fee would need to be established to cover township costs. She suggested adding solar panels (SP) before wind turbines (WT) for format under the Alternate Energy section.
Mr. Kitko addressed mulch as being 3 types: inorganic (rocks, sand, re-cyclables), inert (bark, twigs) and active – to promote plant growth (cured compost). These “mulch” definitions should be added as separate from “composting”. Ms. Wagner felt there was more to be done prior to accepting final definitions.
Ms. Endres asked the ZC to consider placing limits on the size of accessory buildings, currently attached garages are at maximum 50% of the house size and detached accessory buildings are a maximum of 500 sq.ft. per acre or 1280 sq.ft per lot whichever is bigger and clarify minimum lot frontage as 200 ft. and rear (flag) lot as 60 ft.. In the discussion of lot splits, Mr. Hudak said he felt it wrong that the minimum 60 ft. rear lot access strip was not included in the minimum 3 acre lot requirement.
Mr. Douglas distributed the Model Zoning requirements for wood boilers that would be taken up at the Next ZC meeting May 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Ms. Paschke adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.
Signatures of the Zoning Commission