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Planning agenda to include Girl Scouts and church expansion projects

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc. Adventure Place at Mountain House project on South Mountain is on the agenda of the Salisbury Township Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

Also on the agenda is the expansion appeal of Crossroads Baptist Church in Gauff’s Hill.

The agenda includes the review of a minor subdivision and of proposed amendments to the township zoning ordinance.

The Girl Scouts’ project review is in two parts.

Planners will review an extension of time for the project at 2638 West Rock Road, west of Interstate 78 at Summit Lawn, until March 31, 2022.

If granted, the project review time line could approach two years since it was first officially considered by the township at the zoning hearing board in February 2020 and was approved with conditions by zoners in March 2020.

The Girl Scouts want to build a new multi-purpose building with supporting infrastructure, including additional parking. The property is in the CR Conservation Residential zoning district.

Planners will also review the Girl Scout project preliminary final site plan for a lot line adjustment and request for waivers between 2660 West Rock Road and 233 Chestnut Hill Road.

According to the planners’ meeting agenda, the project proposes to convey 38.4328 acres from 2660 West Rock Road to 233 Chestnut Hill Road.

It is stated 2660 West Rock Road will become 2.0 acres and 233 Chestnut Hill Road will become 235.7545 acres. Both properties are in the CR Conservation Residential zoning district.

The township zoning hearing board voted March 9, 2020, to approve the Girl Scouts’ appeal to build an approximate 7,000-square-foot building that will be heated and include bathrooms, showers, sinks and flush toilets; activity rooms; office space for staff; a “Trading Post” for purchase of Girl Scouts-related items and a paved parking area for 15 vehicles in addition to an existing gravel parking lot.

The zoning hearings were held prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. The first two hearings were Feb. 4 and 18, 2020.

The Girl Scouts submitted a sketch plan for the project to the township planning commission at its Dec. 10, 2019, meeting.

The Girl Scouts have been using the 15.21-acre site as a private recreation area since at least 1952. A cabin has been on the site since 1943.

Planners will review the preliminary site plan for land development submitted by Crossroads Baptist Church, 1860 E. Emmaus Ave., to construct a 2,023-square-foot addition and raze three existing accessory structures. The property is in the C2 Neighborhood Commercial zoning district.

The church addition is to include a stage and seating for 123 people. The church has seating for 90.

The church’s appeal was approved but tabled at the July 13 planners’ meeting because nine sheds placed on the church property by Bolete restaurant constitute a multiple use, according to township officials.

The sheds on the property and 10 sheds on the restaurant parking lot were allowed under a township ordinance approved in August 2020 during the Pennsylvania Emergency Declaration, which ended June 15.

The township emergency declaration was ended by a consensus vote at the July 8 board of commissioners’ meeting, triggering the portion of the amendment requiring the sheds to be removed.

The sheds, which provided socially-distanced dining during the COVID-19 lockdown, were to have been removed Aug. 9. The township notified Bolete it had 30 days from Aug. 9 to remove the sheds.

As of Sept. 2, the nine Bolete sheds were on the Crossroads Baptist Church property.

Planners will review a preliminary final site plan for a minor subdivision and request for waivers at 2159 Overhill Road, submitted by Samuel Brill, trustee of the Separate GST Trust for Samuel Brill.

The project proposes to subdivide one existing residential lot of 99,776 square feet into three parcels (30,069 square feet, 30,048 square feet and 39,643 square feet) for the development of one single-family detached dwelling on each lot. The property is located within the R1 Rural Residential zoning district.

Planners will review proposed amendments to the Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance, which include changes to Part 3 “Districts” and Part 6 “Off-Street Parking and Loading.” Additional changes may be discussed, according to the agenda.

The proposed amendments can be read at: https://www.salisburytownshippa.org/event/planning-commission-meeting-120/.