Riparian Buffers – What the Heck is going on?

Riparian Buffers – What the Heck is going on?

Alright, enough is enough.  Has anyone tried to decipher buffers lately? Seems simple enough at first right? There are wetland buffers and there are stream buffers. One is X the other is Y right? WRONG, you have to first determine if these buffers are in the Township ordinances or the County Stormwater Model Ordinances or if they are a Department of Environmental Protection Buffers or perhaps even County Conservation District Requirements. ( would be great if they were all the same but that is for another day) So, what is the big deal you say? All you have to do is just look in the ordinances and get the buffer dimensions right? WRONG again! You also need to check the watershed classification. Ah, ok, there is an app for that I think. So, you have these buffers and you have reviewed the ordinances and you think you have determined which buffers have jurisdiction over your project (pssst – they ALL do) and you have determined your watershed classification and NOW you know your buffers right? WRONG yet again because in the time you spent looking all this up one of your colleagues has walked in with the latest project and informed you that there is a “new” buffer “interpretation” now being taken. WHAT?!?!?! Come on! So for those of you who THOUGHT you knew buffers, just keep reading. Last week, wetland buffers were (and this is how I understand it and could be wrong) 0 feet by law, 35 feet if you want a permit and 50 feet if you really want a permit. Stream buffers were 50 feet for most watersheds and 150 feet for High Quality and Exceptional Value classified watersheds. No problem, we have designed our projects accordingly. But now we are learning that things may be different yet again and this is going to have a major effect on previously approved projects that have NPDES permits that have either expired or are up for renewal so listen carefully. WETLAND buffers are now 100 feet for High Quality and Exceptional Value Watersheds ONLY IF you are disturbing earth within 150 feet of a stream. If you are not disturbing earth within 150 feet of a stream within a High Quality and Exceptional Value Watershed, then the buffer can be zero (0) feet or whatever the Municipality’s ordinance says it is. Confusing, right? This will have an enormous effect on nearly EVERY project previously approved that contained wetlands. Oh, almost forgot, I THINK stream buffers have remained the same, I think. Confused yet? If so, call D.L. Howell and we would be happy to confuse you more!

AREA SHOWING EXISTING WETLAND AREA

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James J. Terry Funeral Home and On the Go Kids New Bus Facility

James J. Terry Funeral Home and On the Go Kids New Bus Facility

DLHowell Projects Under Construction

As we head into the dog days of summer, construction crews continue to work tirelessly on several recent DL Howell land development projects throughout Chester County. Two projects are pushing for completion by the end of the summer, one being a new James J. Terry Funeral home in Valley Township and the other being a bus facility for On the Go Kids in East Caln.

Click Play to watch the transformation from plan to final parking lot.

The new funeral home will be located at 1060 W. Lincoln Highway, just down the street from the Chester County Airport. After working with Valley Township, Chester County Conservation District, and PennDOT for almost a year to obtain approvals, construction started late last year and will continue for the next couple months. The building is up, and the crews are installing curb so they can start paving the parking lots. The project team consists of site contractor: Joseph W. Davis Excavating; Architect: Bernardon, and Landscape Architect: Orsatti and Stuart.

James J. Terry Funeral Home


While James J. Terry still has a few months to go, On the Go Kids new bus facility is all but finished. The lot is paved, striped, and ready for buses just in time for the start of school next month. While currently operating from two separate sites, the owners of On the Go Kids wanted to expand and provide a dedicated facility for their fleet of buses and vans. Their new facility off S. Chestnut Street in East Caln will have 156 parking spaces and will give them room to grow for the next few years as they continue to support several school districts in the area.

On The Go Kids Parking Lot

 

Triple Fresh Market receives approval to sell wine in East Fallowfield Township

Triple Fresh Market receives approval to sell wine in East Fallowfield Township

Triple Fresh Market recently received approval to amend a prior special exception approved by the Zoning Hearing Board in June of 1999. This amendment allows them to slightly expand the building by constructing coolers and freezers over an existing paved surface and to convert an existing gift shop into a place to sell wine. The wine sales will operate under 47 P.S. §5-505.2 of the Liquor Code which allows markets, such as Triple Fresh, to work with local wineries through their licenses to offer their products for sale. The wine sales are expected to occur between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m., seven days a week.

D.L. Howell was hired by Triple Fresh Market to prepare the plan depicting the improvements and to provide expert testimony for the amendment to the special exception. Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco Attorneys at Law was also involved and played a significant role in obtaining the approval.

Triple Fresh Market is located at 801 Doe Run Road which is at the corner of Doe Run Road (Route 82) and Buck Run Road. The store brings a lot of history to the area by being one of the oldest continually operated food establishments in the country. The original building was built in 1818. The store was purchased by the current owner, Jim Petro in 1987. I have a lot of history with this store since I grew up right down the road. Just about every day, I would walk to the store just to pick up some groceries. I had the privilege of being hired by Mr. Petro when I was still in High School for my very first job. Things have come full circle with me having the opportunity to help return the favor by assisting my first employer in making a change that could drastically improve their business in the long run.

Triple Fresh is currently in the process of acquiring a building permit from the Township and anticipates selling wine this fall. The major hurdle has been cleared and it is only a matter of time until wine will be available at the popular market in East Fallowfield.

Triple Fresh Market

Smoothie King West Chester Opening Weekend is Just Around the Corner.

Smoothie King West Chester Opening Weekend is Just Around the Corner.

Smoothie King is close to completion! Construction is well under way and opening weekend is just around the corner. The weekend of July 22nd and 23rd customers will be able to purchase their delicious and healthy smoothies. Located at 1011 West Chester Pike in West Chester, the site replaced an existing building and parking lot with an 850-square foot smoothie shop to satisfy all your smoothie cravings, especially during these hot summer days.

Access to the Smoothie King will be from Rose Lane, and the store will feature a drive-thru for smoothie drinking convenience. D.L. Howell proudly provided land development plans for the project including but not limited to grading, erosion, and sedimentation control design, and stormwater management design. Be sure to stop by and check them out!

Smoothie King West Chester PA

Smoothie King West Chester PA