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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Planning Commission
Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2009

Attendees: Robert Bartmann, Marcy Allen, Amy Floresta, Thomas Lehman, Mark Anthony French

Item or Issue
Approval of Minutes Mr. Bartmann made a motion to approve the April minutes. Ms. Floresta seconded. Minutes were unanimously approved.
Pedestrian Circulation Plan This item was tabled until the next meeting.
Bike Path and Bike Rack Ms. Allen reported that currently the Bike Path committee includes herself, Ms. .Floresta and Ms. Schaner. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 22, 2009. They will review a packet of information for the bike path route provided by Mr. Totaro. A grant application has been made for one part of the bike path through Marlon Park. Mr. Bartmann noted that there are national standards for one-way and two-way bike paths, as may be applicable.
Ms. Allen has discussed a custom bike rack design with Bill Bendonelli from Benfab Ironworks in Lansdowne. She will discuss a possible donation of services in exchange for advertising on the bike rack and report progress at the next meeting.
Ms. Allen 5/13/09
Lansdowne Vision The list of Consolidated Action Items for action by the Lansdowne Planning Commission was discussed. The commission decided to organize the list into general categories including: Internal Organization, Planning, Review. Categories can be further prioritized with responsible party and due dates assigned for each action. Mr. Lehman agreed to organize the list for the next meeting.
Other action items were added including: library enlargement/move, identify Lansdowne “eyesores” and possible solutions, firehouse site issues affecting municipal lot. There was general discussion about whether arts and music should be focus of planning efforts. Mr. Bartman pointed out that aesthetics, economics and environment come under the purview of planning boards. Further discussion is required with regard to the vision for Lansdowne. Commission By-laws were distributed for review and discussion at the next meeting.
Mr. Lehman 5/13/09
Building Codes Mr. Lehman brought up the issue of the lack of clarity with regard to building permits, applicable codes and process flow through the various commissions and review boards. Mr. Lehman is scheduled to represent the Planning Commission at the BCEDC/HARB meeting regarding improvement approvals on April 16, 2009. He will report back to the Commission at the next meeting. Mr. Lehman 5/13/09
Gateway Park There is no status update. The Commission agreed to walk the site before the next meeting so that planning discussion and recommendations can move forward. All 5/13/09
Commission Speakers The Commission discussed inviting representatives from the other boards and commissions to come and speak about their group and work. It was agreed that Mr. Totaro could facilitate.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15 pm.

Planning Commission Meets: 2ndth Wednesday of every month; 7pm in Borough Hall

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