BEAR CREEK TWP. — The proposed new Bear Creek Community Charter School inched a bit further through the pre-construction red tape when the township planning commission voted Monday to recommend conditional use approval for the structure.
Because the school is being built in an area off of Route 115 near Forest Park that is zoned R1 residential, the township needs to give conditional use approval — a sort of exception to the zoning —f or the school to be built in that area.
In response to some of the questions asked by the planning commission, the school’s construction team noted that the school will be approximately 400 feet from the nearest residence, that adequate safety ledges and fencing will be provided around wetlands and created ponds on the site, and that all requirements will be met for grading of the bus loop, the turning lane into the school driveway and accommodating the fire chief’s recommendation for a 6-inch connection on the dry hydrant.
Issues relating to access to the water courses on the property and options for guaranteeing completion of storm water improvements were also discussed.
The planning commission voted to recommend approval for the conditional use of the construction of the school in the R1 zone. The matter will next be the subject of a public hearing at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 in the township building, and is expected to be considered by the board of supervisors at its meeting immediately after the hearing.
In other business, the planning commission approved a reverse subdivision involving combining three lots owned by the Moulick family in White Haven Pocono into one 200 by 300 lot.
They also reviewed a request by the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding input or objections to a loan being sought by the Bear Creek Buck Township ambulance company for the purchase of a new ambulance. The planning commission agreed to send the USDA a letter stating they have no objection to the loan request.