Chadds Ford Township supervisors want to do something their predecessors haven't done in more than 30 years -- update the township's comprehensive plan.
To that end they resolved in a special meeting Monday to apply for a Delaware County Community Block Grant, but a wrinkle developed in the plan even before they signed the resolution.
Supervisors' Chairman Deborah Love D'Elia said after the session they had been looking to apply for $120,000, but a question from resident Lois Saunders gave the Board pause.
Saunders, who works for the Delaware County Planning Department asked where the matching funds would come from.
"That's news to us," said Supervisor George Thorpe.
He also said the township would be willing to put up some money, possibly about $10,000.
D'Elia responded by saying there was nothing on the application form mentioning that the grant was for matching funds. Saunders said she heard at work that it was a matching fund grant, though she hadn't seen anything writing to that effect.
With an application deadline of Wednesday, Jan. 10, the board had only Tuesday to learn whether the township would have to come up with half the cost for the project. That information wasn't available by press time.
D'Elia said money would be for consultants' fees and other ancillary costs.
Part of what is involved is to identify the township's current community, said Thorpe, and to update information on subdivision and land use plans.
He added that it was not within the normal tax funds to pay for the update. Thorpe also said that Chadds Ford is limited in its ability to join in multi-jurisdictional plans within Delaware County because it borders on Chester County.
Four pages of text on the reverse side of a four-panel fold out map comprise the current comprehensive plan that was last revised in May 1973.
According to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, townships and other municipalities are encouraged to develop comprehensive plans on their own or in conjunction with other municipalities that are "generally consistent with the county comprehensive plan." Zoning ordinances are to be consistent with the plan.
The plans are to show public infrastructure areas, areas designated for growth where public infrastructure will be provided.
In preparing a comprehensive plan, there must be a review of zoning, subdivision and land development ordinances. There must also be an official map and provisions for planned residential development, "and such other ordinances and regulations ...," the code says.
Also Monday night, the board heard for the third time in two months a land use plan brought by The Henderson Group for a third building for Endo Pharmaceuticals in the Painters Crossing business area. And for the third time they rendered no decision.
Two motions were made but with no seconds, both were dropped. Henderson is now scheduled to return to the board during another special meeting scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20. (A primary township engineer is supposed to be named at that meeting.)
The Planning Commission forwarded its recommendation for approval of the plan in September. Planners said that supervisors should approve the plan along with four requested waivers.
One of those waivers asks for relief from the township's 50-foot riparian buffer requirement. Planners gave their recommendation because, though 50 to 60 percent of the buffer would be lost, the applicant had presented a stormwater management plan that exceeded other aspects of the township's stormwater management ordinance.
The plan presented Monday showed a buffer ranging from 13 feet to 44 feet along the stream that meanders through the property.
Supervisor Garry Paul moved that supervisors approve the plan but without the buffer waiver and D'Elia moved that the plan be approved as presented. They were withdrawn from consideration when there was no second for either.