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Planning Commission

Meeting Schedule

The Planning Commission is scheduled to meet the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM.
Spring Garden Township’s Planning Commission is comprised of five members appointed by the Board of Commissioners.  Each Planning Commission member serves a 4-year term.


Planning Commission

Robert Sandmeyer
Ward 1
End of Term: 1/1/2025

Amy Mitten
Ward 2
End of Term: 1/1/2026

Scott Stevens
Ward 3
End of Term: 1/1/2028

Joel Sears
Ward 4
End of Term: 1/1/26

John DeHaas
Ward 5
End of Term: 1/1/2028

Comprehensive Plan Discussion Group/Advisory Committee:
Michael Thomas – Ward 1
Alex Bishop – Ward 2
Brian Ports – Ward 3
John Luciani – Ward 4
Jason Langheine – Ward 5
Mark Sindicich – Community Stakeholder
Kristen Beecher – Community Stakeholder
Amy Mitten – SGT Planning Commission

Duties of the Planning Commission

The Spring Garden Township Planning Commission guides land use and development at the municipal level by making recommendations on commercial and residential land developments and subdivisions, on Township land planning policies, and on applications for Zoning hearings.

The planning commission, per the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, shall at the request of the governing body have the power and shall be required to:
• Prepare the comprehensive plan for the development of the municipality as set forth in this act, and present it for the consideration of the governing body.
• Maintain and keep on file records of its action. All records and files of the planning agency shall be in the possession of the governing body.

The planning agency at the request of the governing body may:
• Make recommendations to the governing body concerning the adoption or amendment of an official map.
• Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a zoning ordinance, and make recommendations to the governing body on proposed amendments to it as set forth in this act.
• Prepare, recommend and administer subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations, as set forth in this act.
• Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a building code and a housing code and make recommendations concerning proposed amendments thereto.
• Do such other acts or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by this act.
• Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality an environmental study.
• Submit to the governing body of a municipality a recommended capital improvements program.
• Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a water survey, which shall consistent with the State Water Plan and any applicable water resources plan adopted by a river basin commission. The water survey shall be conducted in consultation with any public water supplier in the area to be surveyed.
• Promote public interest in, and understanding of, the comprehensive plan and planning.
• Make recommendations to governmental, civic and private agencies and individuals as to the effectiveness of the proposals of such agencies and individuals.
• Hold public hearings and meetings. (10.1) Present testimony before any board.
• Require from other departments and agencies of the municipality such available information as relates to the work of the planning agency.
• In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land to make examinations and surveys with the consent of the owner.
• Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a study regarding the feasibility and practicability of using renewable energy sources in specific areas within the municipality.
• Review the zoning ordinance, subdivision and land development ordinance, official map, provisions for planned residential development, and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land no less frequently than it reviews the comprehensive plan.