Mike D. said:PA Municipalities Planning Code gives the planning commission 30 days upon receipt to review the plans. If no comments are offered at the end of the 30 day window the submission is deemed approved.
SGB said:The question that immediately came to mind is:
Why didn't the planning commission receive the staff report earlier?
The delay in the staff report getting to the commission seems odd, considering the city's CD Director seems clearly behind the project.
A standard rule we use is to approximate a 1:5 ratio of building to land. A 120,000 square foot building would ideally have 13-14 acres of land, allowing it ample room to double in size and still have room for parking and truck maneuvering. [/B]
Michael Stumpf said:We CD Directors are often put in a tight place by the needs of companies on one hand, and the regular review process on the other.
Amen brother! I just had a senior housing facility come in with their plans. Staff went through three revisions, and each time I supplied a comprehensive list of what needed to be addressesd. The latest revision still had a HUGE list of things that were missing and/or incorrect. They needed to get on the July agenda because they were applying for state tax credits, and they needed approval. I did put it on the agenda, but let the PC know the situation and left it up to them. The developer ended up supplying a 4th revision the day of the meeting, and PC wasn't happy that they hadn't had time to review it.It leaves staff to tell petitioners that their chances of approval are only as good as their architect's skill in getting it done right the first time. Not very business friendly, but it leads to short night meetings!
SW MI Planner said:Also, I've noticed that a lot of these companies will say that they need approval right NOW, or they're not coming to town. 95% of them still come in.
Or even more aggravating - you bypass internal processes to meet their deadline and then find there is some hitch at their end that meant there was never any urgency.SW MI Planner said:Also, I've noticed that a lot of these companies will say that they need approval right NOW, or they're not coming to town. 95% of them still come in.