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Meeting Agenda State College Borough Planning Commission Regular Meeting Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Noon, Room 304 I.

Call to Order

II.

Roll Call Evan Myers, Chair Michael Roeckel, Vice-Chair Scott Dutt Jon Eich Anita Genger Rich Kalin Ron Madrid

III.

Approval of Minutes – March 22, 2012

IV.

Chair Report

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Public Hour - Hearing of Citizens

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Community Wide Planning - none

VII.

Development Plans - none

VIII.

Neighborhood Planning A. Highlands Neighborhood Plan Update Following a discussion of the 1994 Highlands Plan implementation status, staff has compiled a report updating the current conditions of the neighborhood for discussion with Planning Commission. Pages 6-7 includes a memo highlighting some of the significant trends. Pages 8-12 provides a chart comparing each section of the 1994 Plan to the current conditions according to the data available to staff, and supporting maps and charts can be found on pages 13-21. The memo regarding the implementation status of the 1994 Plan recommendations that was provided to Planning Commission on February 16 has also been included on pages 23-26. Staff is requesting Planning Commission to comment on the following items: 1) After reviewing the reports on the implementation status of the 1994 Plan and the update on existing conditions, would Planning Commission like staff to proceed with drafting updated recommendations and goals for the Highlands Neighborhood? 2) If yes, how should these goals within the 1994 Plan be


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developed? Are there additional facts that were not included in the 1994 Plan that Commission would like staff to investigate? Planning Commission Action: Discuss the information presented. Staff Recommendation: Staff recommends the Commission review the information and provide feedback to staff. IX.

Official Reports and Correspondence A. Borough Council (BC) B. Redevelopment Authority (RDA) C. Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB)

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Upcoming Meeting(s) Thursday, April 12, 2012 – 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - Noon

XI.

Adjournment


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Meeting Minutes State College Borough Planning Commission Thursday, March 22, 2012 The State College Borough Planning Commission met on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in the State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street, State College, PA in Room 304. Mr. Myers, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. Members present: Evan Myers, Chair; Mike Roeckel, Vice-Chair; Jon Eich, Rich Kalin and Ron Madrid Others present: Carl Hess, Planning Director; Anne Messner, Acting Zoning Officer; Meagan Tuttle, State College Borough intern and Denise Rhoads, Staff Assistant Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Mr. Eich and was seconded by Mr. Madrid to approve the March 14, 2012 minutes as submitted. The vote was unanimous. Chair Report: Mr. Myers reported he went before Council and discussed the Retreat. The commission has not really seen plans yet. They are still looking to set up a joint meeting between Council, Planning Commission, Redevelopment Authority, Penn State University and Ferguson Township. Public Hour: There was no one in the audience who wished to discuss items not on the agenda. Development Plans Two Lot Subdivision 1275 Penfield Road, The Pennsylvania State University, owner, Sweetland Engineering and Associates, INC., Engineer Ms. Messner stated the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) was bequeathed this lot in 2011. This lot was originally two (2) lots. It was combined into one (1) lot in 1995. Currently, the lot is .93 acres. PSU wants to sub-divide it back into two (2) lots again. This is in the R1 zoning district. They have asked to create one lot with an existing house and allow for a vacant lot that would permit a 1-family dwelling fronting North Inverary Place. Borough Council will receive this on April 2, 2012. A motion was made to approve this subdivision request, as submitted, by Mr. Eich and seconded by Mr. Madrid. The vote was unanimous.


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Community Wide Planning Residential-Office Overlay (ROO) Zoning Ordinance Amendment Council decided not to act upon the draft ordinance they received. Instead, they made changes and these changes were returned to the Planning Commission for review. Planning Commission discussed these and forwarded their response to Council for review. Council received the comments and adjusted the ordinance. Mr. Hess gave a brief overview of the table included in the agenda. He discussed uses, ground floor use, front yard depth, height, parking requirements, maximum height with incentives, green building incentive and mixed use incentive. Changes were made in all areas but three. The Commission’s discussion of the changes was: • Some members felt that the LEED rating system had already been decided on by Council for the Commission. • Members discussed a Performance Bond. Mr. Rob Ponder, Ponder and Ponder Architects, was present to discuss the draft ordinance and the proposal for 254 East Beaver Avenue which is one of the properties under consideration for this zoning change. Mr. Ponder explained he had reworked the proposal to achieve what the Commission would like to see. Corporate headquarters for HFL is now going to be on the ground floor of this property. The HFL offices will be able to be access from Highland instead of Beaver. Mr. Ponder stated the fact that parking was reduced allowed him to make these changes to the proposal which allows for commercial on the first floor, offices on second and residential on third. This would limit the FAR to residential and this building would have underground parking. Mr. James Rayback spoke and represented the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. The fraternity is in total opposition of this ordinance and feels it would bring more crime, more people, and the building is too big. After a lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Myers to go back to the original wording the Commission originally recommended and was seconded by Mr. Roeckel. The vote was passed (3-2-0) with the nay votes being Mr. Eich and Mr. Madrid. A motion was made to send this back to Council with Planning Commission’s recommendations by Mr. Roeckel and seconded by Mr. Eich. The vote was unanimous. A motion was made by Mr. Kalin to recommend to Council to approve this ordinance with the recommendation made by the Commission for approval. The vote was passed (4-1-0) with the nay vote being Mr. Eich.


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Centre Region Draft Comprehensive Plan Mr. Hess introduced Mr. Jim May from the Centre Region Planning Agency (CRPA). He stated they sent a survey to over 2000 random people in the area. He gave a brief overview of when the comprehensive plan was initiated and what it is. He discussed the land use and the major themes discussed were multi-municipal coordination and the regional growth boundary and sewer service areas. Maintaining a strong relationship with PSU is very important. He also stated the regional growth boundary and the sewer service areas are the strongest tools they have. He also discussed rural residential development and agricultural protection. Mr. Tom Zilla from the Centre Region Planning Agency (CRPA) presented his transportation elements. He focused on two (2) policies in their comprehensive plan: Policy 2.1.4 – The importance of pedestrian and bike improvements is going to be a big focus moving forward. They will be developing a continuous, interconnected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities of all types. Policy 2.1.5 – They will be advancing roadway projects to improve safety for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic and try to reduce congestion where possible. A Commissioner asked if the pedestrian and bike safety is in “lieu of” or “in addition to”. Mr. Zilla stated it would be in addition to. They want to develop a pedestrian-bike plan to encompass all municipalities. Official Reports and Correspondence Borough Council (BC) – Mr. Hess had nothing to report. Design Review Board (DRB) – Ms. Messner reported the DRB looked at a revised sign for the Westerly Parkway center and voted on a candidate for the Holtzman award. The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at noon. Adjournment With no further business to discuss, this meeting was adjourned at 8:41p by Mr. Madrid. _____________________ D. Rhoads, Staff Assistant


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STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH MEMORANDUM to: from:

State College Planning Commission

subject: date:

Update on Highlands Existing Conditions 3/30/2012

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Planning Staff

At the February 16 meeting of the State College Planning Commission, staff presented a report outlining the 1994 Highlands Plan recommendations and implementation status. At the conclusion of this discussion, SCPC requested an update on the conditions of the neighborhood, with specific questions regarding rental housing and zoning requirements. The chart and maps on the proceeding pages outline the conditions of the Highlands neighborhood as they were reported in the 1994 Plan, and provide a snapshot of the current conditions based on information available to staff. The updates on the neighborhood’s conditions include information on demographics, land use & zoning, environmental considerations, traffic & circulation, public services & utilities, and others. In the process of compiling the updated data, staff observed several conditions that have experienced noteworthy change. The density of the neighborhood has increased somewhat as both the municipal and University populations have increased. Because the neighborhood is essentially built-out, this increased density has occurred through the conversion of structures to include additional housing units, and through the introduction of new zoning districts that allow for the intensification of developed sites. The maps on agenda pages 16-17 indicate areas of the neighborhood in which changes to the Official Zoning Map have been made, and indicate the location and additional rental housing. The following points outline a few of the demographic, land use and zoning conditions of the Highlands today: • • • • • • • •

Highlands Population (2010 Census) is 10,371; 24.6% of the Borough’s total population Penn State student enrollment fall of 2011 is 45,194 (an 18.5% increase from the 38,219 students enrolled in 1994) and 31.7% of the student body is housed on campus. In 1994 there were 7,744 student residents in the Highlands; in 2000 there were 7,376, representing a 5% decrease. In 1992, there were 274 school-aged children in the Highlands (5-17 years); in 2010 there were 259 children of the same age group. From 1990-2010, the number of housing units in the neighborhood increased from 3,318 to 3,767; this represents a 13.5% increase in the number of units. In 1990, 85% of occupied housing was renter-occupied and 15% was owner-occupied. In 2010, 85.6% of housing was renter-occupied, 11.6% was owner-occupied, and 2.8% was vacant. In 2012, there are 94 Student Home permits in the R-2 and R-3 zoned areas of the Highlands neighborhood. (Student Home was not a defined land use in 1994.)


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Another area of significant change was in the area of traffic and circulation, particularly with respect to non-vehicular transportation. The 1994 plan highlighted the need for trafficcalming measures to reduce through traffic, provide a safer environment for pedestrians, and increase the availability and accessibility of non-vehicular traffic routes. Many roadway enhancements have been made to calm traffic in the neighborhood, which were provided in the implementation status report at the February 16, 2012 SCPC meeting. While it is unclear what level of service was provided to the neighborhood by CATA at the time of the 1994 plan, it can be assumed that service has become more efficient; CATA frequently analyzes routes and ridership and adjusts services for more efficient operations. Additionally, no bike lanes or bike routes were dedicated in the Highlands. The map on page 21 of the agenda illustrates the location of transit and bike routes that service the neighborhood today. • •

Traffic violations have decreased by 60% (from 68 to 27) from 1994 to 2011. The neighborhood currently has access to the HP, R and B CATA routes along its perimeter, and is in close proximity to the main bus transfer locations in downtown which provide access to all community and campus routes. Bike routes now exist along the Parkway, Foster Avenue, and Allen and Garner Streets.

The expansion and installation of transit and pedestrian facilities within the neighborhood is also significant in terms of the potential to reduce pollutants that contribute to air quality issues. In the 1994 Plan, it was reported that State College Borough was a Clean Air Act Attainment Zone. However, since new standards were adopted in 1997, the area is now a non-attainment zone and transportation-related planning at the regional level addresses strategies for pollutant mitigation from vehicular sources. A final area of significant change has been observed in the number of Police complaints and violations that have been reported in the neighborhood. An analysis of historical Police data shows that nearly all areas of violations, except for thefts, have experienced an increase since the 1994 Plan. The charts on agenda page 22 outlines the trends in violations for selected years between 1990 and 2011. The following points outline a few of the details regarding the number of violations in the Highlands: • • •

For the fall of 1994, 523 violations were reported, which includes 160 Alcohol, 37 Assault/Fights, 80 Criminal Mischief/Trespass, 133 Noise, and 104 Thefts. For the fall of 2011, 687 violations were reported, which includes 183 Alcohol, 61 Assault/Fights, 102 Criminal Mischief/Trespass, 256 Noise, and 73 Thefts. Data provided indicates a 31.4% increase in total recorded violations from during the fall semesters from 1994-2011.

The 2012 F8 report for State College Neighborhoods outlines many policing strategies that have been implemented in order to address these particular violations. The report notes that due to these strategies, the number of violations reported does not necessarily indicate an increased problem with noise and alcohol. For example, increased enforcement in the neighborhoods leads to a greater number of violations reported.


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Topic/Section

Demographics

Neighborhood Population* Penn State Enrollment

Students Living on Campus

Students Living in Highlands

Land Use (See Maps 2-3)

Zoning

Land Use & Zoning

(See Maps 4-5)

Housing Units & Tenure*† (See Maps 6-8)

Highlands Area Plan Update on Existing Conditions 1994 Plan Conditions Current Conditions Neighborhood Population: 9,763 (1990) Represented 25% of Borough Population (38,981)

Neighborhood Population (2010): 10,371 Represents 24.6% of Borough Population (42,034)

(Source: US Census Bureau)

(Source: 2010 US Census Bureau)

University Park Campus (Fall '94): 38,219

University Park Campus (Fall '11): 45,194 Represents an 18.25% increase since 1994 (Source:

(Source: Penn State University Budget Office, "Fall Headcount Enrollment")

12,919 students Represents 33.8% of enrolled student body

Penn State University Budget Office, "Fall Headcount Enrollment")

14,340 students Represents 31.7% of enrolled student body

(Source: Penn State University Housing and Food Services, "Students Living On and Off Campus by Class Standing")

(Source: Penn State Office for Campus Residences)

7,744 Student Neighbors Represented 79% of Neighborhood Population

7,376 Student Neighbors in 2000 Represented a 5% decrease from 1990.

(Source: 2009 State College Fair Housing Update)

(Source: 2009 State College Fair Housing Update)

Predominantly residential with a mix of housing types and tenure. Some commercial and office uses in the Hamilton Center and along Atherton, Burrowes, Allen and Pugh streets.

Land Use conditions have remained fairly stable over time.

Zoning Districts: R-2, R-3, R-4, R-O, CP-2, PK and PA. Majority R-2, with R-3 along Allen and Pugh, RO as a transitional area between downtown and residential areas, and CP-2 in Hamilton Center.

Creation of RO-A and R-3H districts within the neighborhood to allow for reuse opportunities. Allen and Pugh continue as mixed use/higher density corridors, Commercial in the Hamilton center, and much of the R-2 district is still the same.

3,318 Units 85% Renter-Occupied, 15% Owner-Occupied

3,767 Units 85.6% Renter-Occupied, 11.6% Owner Occupied, 2.8% Vacant Represents a 13.5% increase in total units

(Source: 1994 Highlands Area Plan, 1990 U.S. Census)

(Source: 2010 US Census-American Fact Finder)

Student Home

Opportunities for Intensification

Not a defined land use in 1994

Areas located in the R-3, R-O and CP-2 districts

94 Rentals with Student Home permits (Source: State College Borough Student Home Report)

Easterly Parkway Office Park, various single family lots in R-2 districts, corners of Fraser & Highland Alley and Pugh & Highland Alley, and areas of E. Beaver and E. Foster beyond Garner Avenue. (Source: Centre Region COG 2009-2040 Growth Forecast Map)

* US Census Tracts 120 & 126 were utilized to collect data for the 1994 Highlands Plan. The boundaries of Census Tract 120 extend slightly east of University Drive (see Map 1). Current conditions reflect 2010 Census counts for Tracts 120 & 126 in order to provide a direct comparison. Current (2010) conditions for the boundaries of the Highlands Neighborhood defined on Map 1, which excludes those census blocks east of University Drive, are as follows. Population: 9,725. Housing Units: 3,613 units; 11.3% owner-occupied, 85.7% renter-occupied, 3% vacant. †There is a slight descrepancy between the 2010 U.S. Census data for housing tenure, and the Feb 2012 State College Borough Rental Permits Record.


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Topic/Section

Soils

Topography

1994 Plan Conditions

Current Conditions

Primary soil types include Hagerstown, Opequon, Nolan and Urban. Hagerstown, Opequon and Nolan soils have high permeability rates which can lead to flooding and present limitations for intense urban development.

The same soil types & constraints exist today.

Fairmount Ridge runs through the neighborhood with the high point near the intersection of Atherton & Fairmount, and sloping towards Calder Way and Easterly Parkway.

Same topographic constraints.

Local flooding problems in Lytle's Addition in southwest portion of neighborhood.

Holly Alley, parking lot at E. Fairmount & Pugh St, and Memorial field prone to flooding during high rain events.

Stormwater drains to the Duck Pond/Thompson Run and Walnut Springs Park; eventual connection to Spring Creek.

Same outputs. Portions of Spring Creek and other local water bodies are listed by Department of Environmental Protection as impaired due to the pollutants from stormwater runoff.

Environmental Characteristics

Drainage (Stormwater)

On-site Stormwater Management

Stormwater ordinance mandates that post Stormwater ordinance revised in 2003 to also development runoff must be less than or equal to require that water quality issues be addressed in onpre-development runoff, partially achieved site detainment strategies. through on-site detention.

Floodplain/ Wetlands

Neighborhood is outside of FEMA's 500 yr flood plane. Nolan soils along Easterly parkway prone to flooding, but mitigated by man-made flood control. No wetlands in neighborhood.

Water Quality

Air Quality

Vistas

Neighborhood is in FEMA Zone X, indicating a 0.2% change of flooding. Nolan Soils along Easterly Parkway still of concern due to flood potential of soil. (Source: FEMA 2009 Flood Maps for State College MSA)

Neighborhood contains no well fields, no critical recharge or buffer areas for groundwater sources, serviced by public storm/sanitary sewers to control contamination of water sources. Spring Creek is High Quality Cold Water Fishery.

Same conditions.

State College Borough is a Clean Air Act attainment zone

According to the 2004 DEP reports, State College was a non-attainment zone due to exceeding the new ozone ppm requirements that were adopted in 1997

Homes along East Irvin and East Waring Streets and University drive have view of mountains ranges to the south and east of Borough; many well-maintained streets and location in proposed National Register Historic District

Neighborhood is now a National Register Historic District.


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Topic/Section

Roadways of Significant Concern

Vehicular Safety

Traffic & Circulation

Traffic Calming

Parking

1994 Plan Conditions

Current Conditions

Roadways listed as moderately or severly deficient in 1990, due to through traffic issues: University Dr (between College and the Pkwy), S. Atherton (between Foster & Prospect), and S. Allen (between Beaver & Fairmount).

University Dr is at capacity as an arterial street. Zoning permits a Level of Service 'D' for arterial streets.

In 1994 in the Highlands, there were 48 crashes and 68 traffic violations recorded. (Source: State

In 2011 in the Highlands, there were 60 crashes and 27 traffic violations reported.

College Police Department)

(Source: State College Police Department)

Indicated as a high priority traffic concern.

Traffic Calming Guidebook developed in 2008 with ranges of traffic calming strategies as well as street and facility improvements throughout the neighborhood.

Residential/Commuter on street parking which allowed for 1 and 2 hour parking without parking permits. At this time, the 'Rollback Parking System' was in place to reevaluate the parking zones in the neighborhood. Unsightly off-street parking lots and loss of open space for creation of parking lots

CATA Bus Service (See Map 9)

Unclear what Level of Service was existing at the time of the 1994 Plan.

Many streets in neighborhood are now either 'No Parking Anytime' or require residential permits. Some commuter permit zone parking on parts of Nittany and Fairmount Avenues. (Source: State College Borough Parking Sign Map)

HP route runs along Pugh St., R route runs along S. Atherton, B runs along University Dr, and all other routes make stops on either Allen St. or Beaver Ave (including campus links). (Source: CATA Online Community Routes Map)

Bicycle Facilities (See Map 9)

Neighborhood is currently serviced by bike lanes and routes along Easterly Pkwy, Foster Ave, Allen & Garner St. Bike racks located throughout downtown No dedicated bike lanes existed in the Highlands with covered racks to be installed near library & S. at the time of the 1994 Plan. Allen. (Source: Centre Region Parks & Recreation Bikeways Map)


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Public Services & Utilities

Topic/Section

1994 Plan Conditions

Current Conditions

Private Utility Systems

In a survey of utility providers, electricity, gas and water providers reported a sufficient capacity to Electric and water supply adequate. Depending on support a 20% increase in the number of dwelling where development occurs, gas lines may need to units in the neighborhood. Natural gas would be extended. require extention of lines, but the capacity to supply product was adequate.

Sewers

Public Works believe sanitary sewers can accommodate a 20% increase in dwelling units (unless the dwellings were concentrated in a few developments, in which case wider lines would be needed).

Street Conditions

The following streets had sections scoring a 50 or below (on a scale of 100), and indicating need for consideration in the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP): Hamilton, Prospect, Irvin, and Nittany Avenues and Fraser and Allen Streets

Fire/Police Protection

Department of Public Works believes the same conditions apply to sanitary sewer today.

Sections of the following streets have been included in the 2013-2017 CIP for resurfacing: Foster, McCormick, Hamilton, Fairmount, Pugh, Hetzel, High, Apple Alley, Irvin (Source: State College DPW, Resurfacing Projects 20122017)

Provided by Alpha Fire Company. Hydrants and response times adequate. Serviced by State College Police Department

No change in emergency service provision to the neighborhood

Neighborhood in State College Area School District. Many schools and SCASD facilities located immediately adjacent to the neighborhood. Fairmount School within Highlands.

State College Area School District. Delta Program in Fairmount School Building and SCASD Headquarters on Nittany Ave.

Schools According to the 2010 Census, there were 259 According to the 1992 SCASD census, there were children between the ages of 5 and 17 living in the 274 school-aged, or nearly school-aged, children Highlands area. This represents only a 5% decrease in the neighborhood. This number represents a from the population of school-aged children in the decrease of 41% from 1981 and 129% from 1973. 1992 SCASD census.

Recreation

East Fairmount Park in Highlands, with serveral other public facilities immediately adjacent to the neighborhood. Some privately-held lots for Same opportunities for recreational facilities apply. informal recreation along S. Garner, S. Allen, S. Fraser, and E. Nittany. Many fraternities have lots large enough for recreation for their members.


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Topic/Section

Violations**

1994 Plan Conditions

Current Conditions

Violations for Fall Semester 1994: 523 Alcohol 160, Assaults/Fights 37, Criminal Mischief/Trespass 80, Drugs 9, Noise 133, Thefts 104. (Source:

Violations for Fall Semester 2011: 687 Alcohol 183, Assaults/Fights 61, Criminal Mischief/Trespass 102, Drugs 12, Noise 256, Thefts 73. Represents a 31.4% increase in recorded violations.

Other

State College Police Department)

Historic Resources

(Source: State College F8 Report 2012)

Now Highlands-Holmes Foster National Register 87 properties in the Highlands listed on the Centre District with 379 contributing structures. District Region inventory of historic resources from 1982 boundaries are under consideration for expansion (56 are fraternities). to include Mid-Century Modern structures. (Source: Historic Resources Property File)

Real Estate Tax

Tax Revenue Income Tax

Information requested from State College Tax Office in order to analyze change in property values and earnings potential of neighborhood.

**In 2006, State College implemented the F8 reporting system, which records violations for the fall semester to analyze the impact of student behavior on the neighborhoods. This reporting system was not in effect at the time of the 1994 Plan. The State College Police Department has provided updated information in regards to violations in the neighborhood for 1994, which are different from the Plan, that are consistent with the new reporting system in order to allow for a direct comparison.


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Planning Commission Agenda Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Page 18 of 26

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Beaver Ave

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State College Police Department

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800

765

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160

91

98

197

183

126

143

188

183

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37

32

48

81

65

48

58

54

61

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85

80

111

77

132

115

138

126

94

102

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3

9

8

7

9

15

18

8

6

12

Noise

150

133

128

157

263

206

178

244

251

256

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111

104

70

62

88

78

97

104

88

73

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62

48

71

48

54

53

52

54

51

60

Traffic Violations

37

68

52

22

29

25

17

28

40

27

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Planning Commission Agenda Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Page 23 of 26

1994 Highlands Plan Recommendations, Status and Details Prepared for Borough Planning Commission February 16, 2012 Staff has begun reviewing the 1994 Highlands Area Plan in order to provide State College Borough Plan Commission with a report on its implementation. The report identified seven planning categories to be addressed in the 1994 Highlands Area Plan and gave a series of recommendations for each category. The categories and recommendations are listed below, along with staff’s analysis of each recommendation’s implementation status. One of the major purposes of the plans for State College Borough’s neighborhoods was to address the outward migration of Borough residents, and the conversion of owner-occupied housing to rental housing. The Highlands Area was of high priority due to its proximity to campus and downtown, location of the fraternity district and the age of its housing stock. The introduction and analysis of the Highland’s existing conditions at the time of the report indicated that Land Use and Zoning, Housing, Intergroup Cooperation, Safety and Traffic and Parking were major considerations for the preservation of and reinvestment in the neighborhood. Staff has reviewed planning documents and reports, ordinances adopted by Borough Council, Public Works projects, and development projects that have occurred in the area since the creation of the Highlands Plan in 1994. These documents and projects were reviewed in order to understand the relationship with the recommendations of the plan. From this analysis, staff has gathered the following implementation status of the recommendations. The attached spreadsheet provides additional details related to these recommendations. 1994 Highlands Area Plan Recommendations (located on pages 32-36 of the Highlands Plan): 1. Zoning and Land Use: Maintain and enhance the character of the neighborhood, particularly on the single-family areas, by: preserving and reusing historic structures; ensuring that future development compliments downtown development; ensuring future development does not exceed utility capacity; mitigating traffic impacts, strip commercial development and adverse environmental impacts; and providing for neighborhood commercial and recreational needs. a. Reconsider the zoning of 224 Locust Lane in order to ensure zoning does not place an undue burden on owner’s ability to redevelop the site. Yes b. Implement the recommendations of the Historic Resources Study Committee regarding the preservation and reuse of single-family homes and fraternities, and preservation of architecturally significant facades. Yes c. Prepare a zoning ordinance to amend the development standards for the expansion of nonconforming fraternity houses. Yes d. Develop a management plan for rental housing in the neighborhood to achieve an appropriate balance of renter- and owner-occupied units. Yes


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e. Carefully monitor identified areas and apply overlay zoning techniques such as Highway Transitional Use or Urban Overlay District in appropriate locations as necessary to maintain property investment. Ongoing f. Establish single-family attached dwelling type to encourage infill development in R-3 and RO districts with higher density single-family housing. No g. Develop more innovative uses of properties in the alley network in R-3 and R-O districts. No h. Re-examine permitted uses in the R-O district to ensure those uses meet neighborhood and community needs and encourage the retention of historic buildings. Information available is not conclusive i. Review areas zoned R-3 and R-4 to see if zoning is appropriate for encouraging reinvestment in residential uses in older sections of the Highlands. Information available is not conclusive 2. Motor Vehicle Traffic Management: Minimize through traffic in the Highlands Area a. Maintain and enhance existing public transportation routes that connect the Highlands to campus and downtown, and focus attention on the use of smaller transit vehicles in the neighborhood. Yes b. Encourage efforts to keep traffic on arterial streets such as South Atherton Street, College and Beaver Avenues, the Parkway and University Drive. Encourage efforts to keep traffic on arterial streets such as South Atherton Street, College and Beaver Avenues, the Parkway and University Drive. Yes, Ongoing c. Reduce neighborhood through traffic based on the recommendations of the Pedestrian & Traffic and Planning Commissions’ joint subcommittee on neighborhood traffic mitigation. Yes, Ongoing d. Extend East Beaver Avenue to connect with University Drive. No e. Support the Centre Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s strategy to reduce congestion on the regional highway network and local streets by supporting the efforts for completing the Inner Loop. No longer applicable 3. Parking: Address parking demand and minimize the appearance of unsightly parking issues a. Use zoning, property codes, and owner-developed pricing policies to improve the aesthetics of parking lots at fraternities. Yes b. Continue the rollback parking permit system. Ongoing c. Incentives should be devised to improve the aesthetics of parking lots at fraternities that were built prior to the adoption of current parking standards. No


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4. Pedestrian & Bicycle Facility Improvements: Encourage safety and greater utilization of alternative modes of transportation a. Enhance sidewalk facilities by widening, adding ramps and being attentive to maintenance needs. Yes b. Establish bicycle routes from the Highlands to downtown and the University in coordination with the regional master bicycle plan. Yes c. Implement activities that reduce the level of conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles. Yes, Ongoing d. Improve street lighting by expanding the number of lights and implementing strategies for quicker installation of new fixtures. Ongoing 5. Home Ownership: Provide for a range of housing options, especially for those that will encourage home-ownership and reinvestment a.

b. c.

Initiate a joint effort with the Highlands Civic Association to prepare an informational/promotional piece for the Highlands that would be distributed to potential homebuyers. Ongoing Urge Penn State and other major employers to establish employer-assisted homebuyer programs. No, Ongoing Develop a program to assist renters to purchase the units they are currently renting. No

6. Rental Housing: Address property management and tenant behavior in rental housing in order to ensure that the character of the neighborhood is preserved and resident conflicts are minimized a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h.

Increase frequency of rental housing code inspections, as necessary. Yes Assess the adequacy of staff levels assigned to zoning enforcement and expand capacity as necessary. Yes Continue the liaison between the Borough Health and Planning Departments and the Centre Region Code Administration office. Yes Vigorously enforce rental housing ordinances and revoke permits for properties with repeated violations. Yes, Ongoing Continue to utilize the Housing Task Force to deal with properties which cause particularly adverse impacts in the neighborhood. Yes, Ongoing Develop a program with Penn State’s off-campus housing office to encourage civic responsibility of students living in the neighborhood. Yes, Ongoing Work with rental property owners and owner organizations to improve property maintenance and tenant behavior. Yes, Ongoing Assist the neighborhood association in creating a non-profit housing corporation to purchase and manage rental housing in the neighborhood. No


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7. Public Safety & Welfare: Increase relationships between residents, landlords, and homeowners and encourage a greater level of involvement and ownership to improve maintenance and behavior in the neighborhood. Improve sense of safety and security among residents. a. Request that Penn State discipline students with multiple citations for disorderly conduct, alcohol and drug violations, and vandalism. Yes b. Ask the Interfraternity Council, and rental property owners to place restrictions on social functions at properties with multiple citations for disorderly conduct, noise, alcohol and drug violations, and snow removal and weed violations. Yes c. Work with Highlands Civic Association to increase the number and use of exterior yard lights in the neighborhood. Yes d. Continue the Community-Oriented Policing program. Yes , Ongoing e. Work with the State College Police Department to encourage crime prevention through environmental design that discourages vandalism. Yes, Ongoing f. Actively enforce ordinances related to safety and security of residents. Ongoing g. Develop programs to encourage pride of community among all citizens. Ongoing h. Encourage the formation of neighborhood watch organizations to increase personal safety in neighborhoods. No i. Encourage the District Magistrate to require community service for offenses such as disorderly conduct and vandalism. No j. Request the District Magistrate to set fines at the maximum allowed by law for individuals who repeatedly commit offenses such as disorderly conduct, alcohol and drug violations and vandalism. No k. Where tree canopies block street lights, install “under canopy� light fixtures. No


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