SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – Springfield Township Planning Commission members are considering a restriction on building sizes in the “village residential” zoning district.
Members on Monday night agreed to make a recommendation to township supervisors that any commercial building in that area measure no more than 5,000 square feet.
That number would apply to the footprint of the first floor if the building is more than one story.
The “village residential” district includes No. 5 Mine, Leesburg and Blacktown.
This potential change would be an amendment to the township’s existing zoning ordinance, commission members said.
Part of the discussion stems from someone’s interest in building an auto repair shop in that area with a building big enough to house all vehicles under repair – instead of having some of them left outside.
The commission’s goal is to protect the villages, said Pam McCluskey, commission member.
In other business at Monday’s meeting:
• Randy Seitz, chief executive officer of Penn-Northwest Development Corp., spoke during public comment about how his company is working with the township on marketing and promoting Springfield’s Tax Incremental Financing area.
Penn-Northwest is also working with Braden Byler, who is planning to build Springfield Hardwood Products in the area of state Route 208 and Old Ash Road. Byler has requested that area be rezoned from agricultural/village residential to commercial, and Seitz recommends that township officials add the property to the TIF zone.
• Commission members tabled Byler’s rezoning request, to allow more time to review concerns from a few neighboring property owners.
• Commission members approved the land development plan for Compadres Mexican Restaurant, which is planning to add an outdoor patio.
The township’s subdivision and land development ordinance requires sidewalks for new and renovated businesses, and Compadres has been working on a plan that will include room for a path in front of the business. It involves a PennDOT right-of-way area.