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Upper Providence Township

Planning Commission Meeting
July 23, 2013

7:00 PM


The Upper Providence Township Planning Commission held its regular monthly business meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in the Township Council Room.

Chairman Martin called the regular business meeting to order at 7:15 PM.  The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.  PC members present were Mr. James F. Martin – Chairman, Dr. Charles Dunn – Vice-Chairman, Mr. Michael Crotty, Mr. Gregory Liscio and Dr. David Thomas.   Also present were:  Mr. James C. Kelly - Planning Commission Engineer, Robert F. Pappano, Planning Commission Solicitor and Mr. Gregory Lebold, Township Manager.

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Crotty made a motion seconded by Dr. Dunn to approve the minutes of June 25, 2013.  

Mr. Martin – Yes                                               Dr. Dunn – Yes

Mr. Crotty – Yes                                               Mr. Liscio – Yes

Dr. Thomas – Yes


Motion passed,

5 – 0


Public Comments and Questions





Special Reports by Officers or Committees



Old Business


The status of the Township’s Comprehensive Plan was briefly discussed, with an update provided by Mr. Martin. Mr. Martin asked the other members to review the current Plan and prepare any comments or questions that they may have. Mr. Liscio informed his fellow members that he is continuing his investigation into concerns with groundwater contamination and will provide more information when he has received it.

Dr. Thomas asked about the creation of a committee comprised of members from other Township Boards and Committees and was informed that Council considers the current Plan to be adequate with minor adjustments by updating conflicting and outdated ordinances.

Mr. Kelly informed the Commission members that an ordinance review would be conducted and discussed with Mr. Pappano before being presented to the Planning Commission members.

Mr. Martin indicated that he has concerns with the current buffer and landscaping requirements and asked that these items be included in the ordinance review. Mr. Martin noted that several applications presented to the Commission request waivers from the buffer and landscape requirements.

Mr. Martin concluded the discussion on the Comprehensive Plan and moved onto the next agenda item, the Act 537 Plan. Mr. Martin asked that Mr. Kelly update the Commission on the Act 537 Plan update.


Mr. Kelly explained the reasons for the Act 537 update, summarizing the various issues that warrant an update. Among the items Mr. Kelly noted were the Philadelphia Sewage treatment facilities capacity and costs for treatment, a need  to reduce the average daily flow that is being treated, how existing gravity systems are leaking permitting infiltration of groundwater into the sewage pipes and that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires each municipality to formally pass a resolution adopting the plan as our official Act 537 Plan.


Mr. Crotty asked Mr. Kelly to elaborate on DELCORA recommendations and alternatives. Mr. Kelly explained the complexity of having all 31 municipalities agree and comply with the DEP regulations and reviewed a time table for submitting the required information. Mr. Kelly also explained the difference between the Central Delaware County Authority (CDCA) flows and the other locations where our sewage is disposed of and treated. Mr. Kelly further elaborated on the Crum Creek watershed and the pump stations that handle the sewage in the Crum Creek watershed.

Mr. Pappano explained to the Commission the procedural requirements that are required for passing the resolution.

Mr. Crotty made a motion, seconded by Dr. Dunn recommending that Township Council pass the Resolution Adopting the Delaware County Sewage Facilities Plan Update – Eastern Service Area.  

Mr. Martin – Yes                             Dr. Dunn – Yes

Mr. Crotty – Yes                             Mr. Liscio – Yes

Dr. Thomas – Yes

Motion passed




With no further business to conduct, Chairman Martin asked for a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Crotty made a motion seconded by Dr. Dunn, and by unanimous voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.


Submitted by:



Gregory C. Lebold

Township Manager


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