Lower Frederick Cancels ‘GC Overlay’ Hearing

Lower Frederick Cancels 'GC Overlay' Hearing

LOWER FREDERICK PA – What was to have been a public hearing on the proposed Goshenhoppen Creek Overlay zoning district in Lower Frederick (outlined in dark purple on the map at top) – originally scheduled for Tuesday (Sept. 5, 2017) at 6 p.m. by the township Board of Supervisors in the Spring Mount Road municipal building – has been canceled, according to a notice posted Wednesday (Aug. 30, 2017) on its website and Facebook page.

Instead supervisors said they planned to replace the hearing on the same day, time, and location “with an informational session presented by the township engineer and other professional staff.”

The board also apparently won’t proceed, at least not immediately, with any action to ratify the overlay as part of the zoning ordinance. Should it decide in the future to move ahead with the proposal, “the public will be notified of a public hearing in accordance with state requirements,” the notice added.

The proposal, a four-page document available here, defines a new zoning district that would cover part of what is mostly low-density residential (R2) zoning that embraces Goshenhoppen Creek as a primary geographic feature.

The “GC Overlay,” as it’s called in the proposal, would be located east of a boundary line created in part by Little Road, Gravel Pike, and the creek itself, as shown on a map bearing the Montgomery County Planning Commission logo. According to the map’s scale the district is roughly a mile long, and at certain points about a quarter-mile wide.

  • The overlay is intended, it states, to responsively and comprehensively manage growth; direct development to appropriate areas; ensure new development is adequately served by public facilities and services, such as the sewer system upgrades now being installed; and to encourage a variety of housing for all ages.
  • Its development regulations would serve as an alternative to those allowed in underlying zoning districts.
  • It would allow for single-family detached homes, as well as attached residences of up to four units.
  • Some homes or properties could be designated specifically for occupancy by active adults.
  • It also considers permitting higher density development than what underlying districts would otherwise allow, so long as developers meet a variety of stated requirements. They include items like lot size, sewerage connections, trails, sidewalks, and property deeded to the township for open space or other possible uses.

Township residents attending supervisors’ work sessions during June and July expressed mixed feelings about the GC Overlay, board minutes show.

Related (to the Lower Frederick Board of Supervisors’ Sept. 5 meeting):

  • Lower Frederick Cancels ‘GC Overlay’ Hearing

GC Overlay map from Lower Frederick Township