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June 18, 2013 Minutes

Planning Commission Meeting
June 18, 2013

The monthly meeting of the New Britain Borough Planning Commission was called to order by Chairman David Holewinski.  All commission members were present, except Mr. John Remmey, Mr. Jack Brady and Ms. Lynn Bush.  Mr. Joe Cangelosi motioned to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2013 meeting as written; seconded by Dr. Paul Land.

New Business:
New Britain Inn
Mr. Mike Carey, owner of the New Britain Inn; and, Mr. Dennis Litzenberger, Surveyor, presented a survey plan for proposed improvements to the New Britain Inn.  Improvements include a 300 SF bathroom addition with interior remodeling to provide a larger men’s and women’s bathroom, and a proposed 440 SF second story addition to be utilized as office space.  The restaurant area will not be increasing square footage.  Mr. Carey originally submitted an application for a building permit; however, the proposed changes qualify for a modified land development.  Mr. Mark Hintenlang reviewed his letter addressed to New Britain Borough Council dated June 12, 2013. Mr. Carey has agreed to be in compliance with all items outside of waivers.  Subdivision and Land Development Item 3 was discussed and agreed the Planning Commission would support a waiver for final plans without recording; however, plans to be on file in New Britain Borough office.   Item 19 was discussed regarding sidewalks; a costly option which would include a performance bond, development agreement and involvement with Bucks Conservation District.  Mr. David Holewinski agreed stating the possibility of Butler Avenue walking corridor may be placed on the opposite side of the road.  He further suggested an escrow account as previously arranged with American Heritage.  Mr. Mark Hintenlang explained a developer’s agreement would be required for that option; however, an escrow guarantee may be used for future development which would avoid permit issues at this time.  Ms. Robin Trymbiski will discuss an agreement vs. escrow with New Britain Borough Solicitor Mike Goodwin for future discussion.  Mr. Karl Dieterichs stated the agreement should go with the deed of property vs. Mr. Mike Carey.  Item 20 was discussed regarding street trees vs. Mr. Carey placing money in New Britain Borough’s “tree bank.”  Mr. Mark Hintenlang stressed the importance of obtaining documentation for Item 26 providing ample water supply with bathroom addition (water supply only, sewer documentation not required).  A motion was made by Mr. Cangelosi to recommend to Council an agreement for future sidewalks; compliance with Mr. Mark Hintenlang’s letter of June 12, 2013; and Council approval of waivers 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 19, 22, 24, 28 and 30 for preliminary and final plans; seconded by Dr. Michael Parke.

Butler Avenue/Tamenend Ave:  Two-way Intersection – CMAQ Grant
Mr. Holewinski explained North Tamenend is passable, however, heading South requires use of the access road A.  New Britain Borough’s traffic engineer has recommended leaving the intersection as is.  Mr. Hintenlang stated the CMAQ grant would need to be advised as it affects the bike trail/sidewalk from the intersection to the train station.  Mr. Hintenlang pointed out the configuration of Butler Avenue/Keeley Avenue and S. Tamenend/Access Road A acts as traffic calming vs. creating one major intersection potentially speeding traffic.  The Planning Commission unanimously agreed to follow the traffic engineer’s recommendation.

DCED Trail Grant Support
Ms. Trymbiski has requested a letter of support from the Planning Commission for the DCED Trail Grant along Butler Avenue and Access Road A.  The bike/hike trail will connect to Safe Path for schools and continue to Town Center traveling along the North side of Butler Avenue.  Mr. Holewinski stated the grant request is in compliance with the Comprehensive Open Space Plan.  A motion was made by Mr. Cangelosi to provide a letter of support to DCED on behalf of the Planning Commission; seconded by Dr. Parke.

Dr. Paul Land motioned to adjourn; seconded by Mr. Cangelosi and the meeting ended at 8:25 PM.