Lower Merion planners move on City Ave. and O’Neill plan
Lower Merion planners took a step toward completion of two of the longest-running land-use decisions in the township. The planning commission voted to make recommendations to the board of commissioners on a preliminary land-development plan for a proposed 580-unit apartment complex and also on City Avenue rezoning ordinances. The O’Neill Properties Group plan for the proposed apartments on the former Connelly Container parcel has been on hold while a neighboring property owner has pushed to be included in a three-party settlement with the township and O’Neill. With a draft three-party agreement coming close to fruition, the planners focused on the preliminary land-development plan and recommendations to the board. The planners also discussed City Avenue rezoning issues, specifically whether there should be a separation requirement between uses (commercial/residential) for only residentially zoned areas, or should the separation requirement include any existing residential use at the time the ordinance goes into effect. The planners all agreed that including existing residential uses regardless of their zoning was too restrictive. Traffic impact was also a major amendment discussion and it was determined that traffic improvements in the area would be an option for developers and not mandated. A public hearing on the City Avenue ordinance will be held on April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Lower Merion Township Building.
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Source: Main Line Times; 4/12/2012
Whitpain adopts billboard ordinance; moves forward with West Ambler revitalization plan
The Whitpain Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance establishing billboard regulations and locations. The ordinance creates an Off-Premise Advertising Sign Overlay District on the township zoning map that establishes specific spots where billboards may be erected. Billboard regulations are outlined in the ordinance for content, lighting, landscaping and other factors. The supervisors also accepted a proposal from Simone Collins to offer professional community planning and engineering services to aid the West Ambler Development Committee. The committee will be tasked with planning for the revitalization of the flood-prone West Ambler neighborhood.
Source: Times Herald; 4/11/2012
Norristown Area School District sees revenue increase
Anne Marie Rohricht, the chief financial officer of the Norristown Area School District, reports district revenues are up $460,000 for the current fiscal year budget. The district cites an increase in interim real estate taxes, real estate transfer taxes, and delinquent earned income taxes. The Norristown Area School board is expected to consider a second adoption of the preliminary 2012-13 budget in May. The district has reduced a proposed 6.78 percent tax increase down to 2.19 percent. Final adoption of the budget will occur in late June. Click here to visit the district website.
Source: Times Herald; 4/17/2012
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