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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Planning Commission
Meeting Minutes

October 14, 2009

Attendees: Bob Bartmann, Marian Schaner, Thom Lehman, Mark Anthony French, Bill Smith, Amy Floresta

Item or Issue
Approval of Minutes Ms Floresta made a motion to approve the minutes that was seconded by Mr. French. The motion passed unanimously.
Bike Path Update Ms Floresta reported on the subcommittee’s activities:
• The subcommittee wants to draft an article for January Borough newsletter. Commission will review the article before it’s published.
• Will update plan to include spokes to all parks and schools.
• Looked at bike racks – will pick one to be placed throughout the borough and perhaps sponsored by local businesses.
• Some custom designed bike racks may be acquired as well.
• Kathleen Lambert is a new member.
• Members will meet with Chief of Police to see if sharrow marking is feasible for streets to establish the routes.
Appligent and Twentieth Century Club Plan Review Commission members informally reviewed the plans to date for Appligent’s owners’ acquisition and remodeling of the Noel Schmidt furniture store property. An application will be made to Penn Dot for the removal of parking spaces to allow for the bump out for a revolving door.
Commission members reviewed plan for reverse subdivision at the Twentieth Century Club to reduce it from three parcels to one. Mr. Bartmann made a motion that the reverse subdivision be approved as submitted. The motion was seconded by Mr. French and passed unanimously.
2 – 12 N. Lansdowne Avenue Plan review Commission members reviewed the architect’s renderings for the refacing of this property and were “disappointed” with the proposed facade changes. They lack the level of detail, in particular the lack of dentil trim and flutes. Members agreed that the proposed facade does not meet the standard of what was there before in its detail and quality.
Pedestrian Walkway Mr. Lehmann led a brief discussion where two items were identified: The importance of arts/entertainment/restaurants and the need for comprehensive signage and a place plan. Members are unsure of what the Commission’s charge is and will invite the Borough Manager, Craig Totaro to a future meeting to discuss his vision of the pedestrian walkway and the Commission’s role in planning for it.
Other Business Members discussed proposing a budget for discretionary funds for maps, notebooks, publications, a white board, etc. for the next year.
Adjournment Mr. Smith made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM seconded by Ms. Floresta. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned.

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

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