Oxford Borough Planning Commission is recommending approval of a 26-home development at 245 Commerce St. in the borough, with some conditions and waivers.

Joel Comanda of Vollmer Associates presented the project at the April 10 council meeting, and detailed the list of conditions. A waiver requested allows the plans to be drawn at a different scale than normal, and for the developer to pay a fee of $16,303.84 to the borough in lieu of open space.

The plan for 24 townhouses and two semi-detached units will not be able to start construction until sewer capacity can be obtained from the Oxford Area Sewer Authority. The authority currently has a moratorium on new connections, but the developers must provide the borough with written confirmation that the authority has approved their proposed improvements.

Council delayed action on the plan until next week to stay in keeping with its normal procedures. "Typically, we receive recommendations from the planning commission at the work session and vote on it at regular meeting," council member Mylinda Mannion said.

Commission resignations There are a number of changes on borough commissions with resignations and appointments during the meeting. James Lagrant has resigned from the Borough Historic Commission, John McCracken has resigned from the civil service commission, and Etha McDowell has resigned from the planning commission.

Council expressed regrets at losing the commission members, particularly McDowell, who has served on the planning commission for a number of years.

"This lady has done a dynamite job for Oxford," council President John Ware said.

Council has appointee Kevin Draper to the civil service commission.

Applicants for other vacancies may contact the borough offices or council members.

Street and parking matters After many years of contention, the borough is about to receive dedication of the roads in the Brookside subdivision. Streetlights have been installed, and backfilled, completing the job.

Council had some discussion about a request for a handicapped parking space for resident Doris Danielson. Council has no objections to designating a handicapped space for Danielson near her home since she has no off-street parking available. Once the subject was introduced, council talked about what should happen to a handicapped space if the resident moves away.

Council member Leda Widdoes said she had been told of a handicapped space that is no longer being used, as the resident who needed it is no longer there.

Normally, handicapped parking space requests go through the public works committee, which researches requests and finds a spot. They will also look into the no longer needed spot to see if it should be removed.

Councilman Randy Teel said he knew of one case where a disabled resident moved, but the handicapped parking space stayed, because the new resident of the home was disabled as well. "Any time the individual leaves, the parking spot leaves. It is issued to the individual, not the residence," he said.

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