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August 21, 2012 Minutes

Planning Commission Meeting
August 21, 2012

The monthly meeting of the New Britain Borough Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman David Holewinski.  All commission members were present, except Dr. Paul Land, Mr. Jack Brady, Ms. Lynn Bush and Mr. Mark Hintenlang.  Mr. Karl Dieterichs motioned to approve the minutes of the May 15, 2012 meeting as written; seconded by Mr. John Remmey.

Mr. David Holewinski introduced Mr. Joe Cangelosi as a new member of the Planning Commission to replace Mr. David Donahue as the New Britain Borough Council liaison.  Dr. Michael Parke was also introduced as a new member of the Planning Commission.

New Business:
Route 202 and Tamenend Avenue Traffic Signal – Mr. David Holewinski has deferred discussion on this topic until the next Planning Commission meeting due to the absence of Mr. Mark Hitenlang who possess the expertise to conduct discussion of this topic.

Old Business:
Open Space Plan – The Planning Commission reviewed the Council Draft Open Space Plan 2012 prepared by Mr. Peter LaMontagne.  Mr. Tom Yatsky analyzed the proposed draft as it relates to zoning requirements and validity/accuracy of property outlined.  Several adjustments and changes are required to make the draft accurate including TMP references.   Discussion ensued regarding unbuildable and questionable nature of use for several properties outlined.  The Planning Commission decided to conduct a second review of the draft to be discussed at the next Planning meeting.  Mr. David Holewinski ensured all Planning Commission members were provided a copy of the Comprehensive Plan and a copy of the old Open Space plan.

American Heritage – Discussion has been deferred due to readiness for presentation.

Town Center & Sand Road Traffic Light – Mr. Karl Dieterichs raised the issue of timing regarding the traffic light for vehicles coming from Sand Road.  Mr. Dieterichs’ observations on several occasions indicate a timing/cycling issue for this traffic light.  Ms. Robin Trymbiski will have L’Amoreaux Engineering assess the effectiveness of timing.

Proposal for Micro-Brewery – Mr. Tom Yatsky received a request for installation of a micro-brewery on the Boden property.  The micro-brewery is intended strictly for manufacturing and distribution.  The Planning Commission is receptive to discussion and suggested inviting them to a Planning Commission meeting.

Mr. John Remmey motioned to adjourn; seconded by Dr. Michael Parke and the meeting ended at 8:16 PM.