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  • 7/8/2019 - Variances in Essex County New Jersey approved! Brian Seidel, NJPP, LLA provided land use planning testimony to the Montclair Township Planning Board in Essex County, New Jersey. Mr. Seidel’s testimony supported variances for interior illumination of signage & increased building height to accommodate the adaptive reuse of a historic building in the community’s central business district.
  • 7/4/2019 - Wishing all a happy holiday from the SPD crew! Wising you a Happy & Safe Fourth of July from Seidel Planning & Design!
  • 6/17/2019 - Special exception approval received in Delaware County! Seidel Planning & Design presented site plans & provided land use planning testimony to obtain special exception approval in Nether Providence Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  The SPD staff supported the development with visual impact assessments, presentations at community meetings, zoning review & interpretation, coordination with municipal staff, and preparation of amendments to land use regulations throughout the application process.
  • 6/12/2019 - Signed, sealed, & delivered! Seidel Planning & Design prepared landscape plans to accompany a land development application for a proposed commercial development in Absecon Township New Jersey. The multi-phased development includes salt-tolerant species and native grass & wildflower plantings separating planned phases of development in the Ocean County municipality.
  • 5/30/2019 - Seidel Planning & Design plans for the future in Delaware County! Seidel Planning & Design represented a first-class township at a public stakeholder meeting. The meeting was held to assess community needs & priorities to implement future community improvements for a residential neighborhood. Seidel Planning & Design continues to provide municipal and community support thought-out Delaware County and the tri-state area.
  • 5/29/2019 - Seidel Planning & Design participates in the Route 724 Task Force & provides land use planning recommendations! The team of volunteers is an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) in collaboration with the Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce (TCACC) involving municipalities, land owners, and developers in Montgomery & Chester Counties to facilitate the strategic growth of the corridor between Pottstown & Phoenixville.  
  • 5/29/2019 - Re-envisioning suburban retail centers! Seidel Planning & Design prepared concepts and design solutions for a variety of retail centers in the northeast. Recommended improvements included signage, music, branding, architectural façade improvements, landscaping, civic plazas, & site furnishings to improve the pedestrian experience & improve walkability.
  • 5/23/2019 - Planning testimony provided in Bergen County, NJ! Brian E. Seidel, NJPP, AICP attended a Planning Board meeting in the Township of Rochelle Park, Bergen County NJ in support of a proposed child-care facility. Brian provided professional planning testimony for bulk variances from signage and parking regulations supporting redevelopment of the existing industrial property & implementing a vegetated buffer from the adjacent residential community.
  • 5/17/2019 - Seidel Planning & Design proudly support the Upper Chichester Township Board of Commissioners The land use planners at Seidel Planning & Design proudly support the Upper Chichester Township Board of Commissioners and their representation & involvement at the 2019 Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners annual conference!
  • 5/17/2019 - Seidel Planning supports smart-growth! The staff at Seidel Planning participated in a collaborative meeting with municipal staff and the DCTMA supporting smart growth, infill development, and implementation of multi-modal transportation routes in Delaware County, PA.
  • 5/8/2019 - Impact assessments prepared to obtain variances in South Jersey! Seidel Planning provided rapid-response to address a municipal review letter received the day before an advertised public hearing. The SPD staff conducted field investigation & prepared an impact assessment for a proposed development in Alloway Township of Salem County, New Jersey. Exhibits were prepared & presented at the public hearing by the firm’s president, Brian Seidel, NJPP supporting his land use planning testimony & obtaining the requested D1 use variance and site plan ...
  • 4/15/2019 - Architectural features approved in Burlington County! Brian Seidel presented testimony in Evesham Township, New Jersey receiving approval of sign variances for a national retailer. The retailers’ façade contained exterior lighting and a wall-mounted architectural design determined by the township to be ‘signage’. Mr. Seidel’s testimony supported the opinion the wall-mounted design should be considered an architectural feature which was encouraged by the ordinance. The testimony resulted in an approval from the board to ...
  • 2/5/2019 - We’ve got this covered! Brian Seidel, LLA, NJPP provides land use planning testimony in support of a conditional use variance & design waivers to install a canopy at an existing automotive service & fueling station in the historic Borough of Stockton, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
  • 1/28/2019 - A big win for small cells! Brian E. Seidel RLA AICP presented land use planning testimony to the Lancaster City Zoning Hearing Board supporting the installation of 5G small cells on existing utility structures within the City’s rights-of-way.  Seidel Planning & Design prepared written Site Suitability Assessments for each location providing an interpretation of the City’s zoning regulations, and justification for the requested relief to obtain approval from the Board.
  • 1/17/2019 - Township Shade Tree Commission provides a recommendation of approval! Brian Seidel, LLA appeared before the Ramsey Borough Shade Tree Commission obtaining a recommendation of approval for a landscape plan prepared for a proposed pediatric consulting office proposed in the Bergen County municipality.
  • 7/13/2018 - Seidel Planning & Design on site in Burlington County NJ! Seidel Planning & Design conducted a balloon test in southern New Jersey. The balloon test was performed to determine the visual impact of a proposed telecommunications tower on the surrounding area. SPD continues to provide land use planning and consulting services to the telecommunications industry throughout New Jersey & the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
  • 6/4/2018 - Testing future land use planners! Brian Seidel of Seidel Planning & Design appeared as a panel judge for a High School’s community planning presentation. Ninth-grade students presented their final projects to a panel of community members and local professionals illustrating concepts for their community and vision for the future.
  • 5/31/2018 - Conditional use approval received in Chester County! Site plans prepared by Seidel Planning & Design were utilized to obtain conditional use approval in Caln Township, Chester County, PA. Plans were prepared to maximize parking & support the conversion an industrial building to professional offices.
  • 5/24/2018 - Balloon Test performed in New York! Seidel Planning & Design provided field investigation & conducted a balloon test in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The test was performed to assess the impact of a proposed commercial structure on the scenic views of the community. Photographs were obtained from nearby roads & properties illustrating a negligible visual impact to the area.
  • 5/15/2018 - Land use planning services for Northern New Jersey! Brian Seidel, NJPP, AICP attended the Fairfield Township Zoning Board of Adjustment supporting a conditional use application for a physical therapy office in Essex County, New Jersey.


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2014 News Archive

  • 12/12/2014 - Cashing in on approvals in Shickshinny Borough, PA!
    Seidel Planning & Design finalized highway occupancy permits and obtained municipal approvals for the demolition of an existing financial services building and construction of an accessible ATM enclosure. Site plans were prepared to locate the proposed structure on the highest point of the property in an effort to avoid frequent flooding from the nearby Susquehanna River. Illustrative plans and expert land use planning testimony were presented to the Luzerne County municipality to gain ...
  • 11/20/2014 - Beating the clock in Gloucester Township New Jersey!
    Conditional use approval and variances were obtained in the Camden County municipality to permit a wireless communications facility designed as a clock tower adjacent to a residential community. Seidel Planning & Design conducted a balloon test to assess the visual impact on the community and developed a 3D model of the proposed structure. Detailed photographic simulations were prepared illustrating a design incorporating stealth technology to conceal the appearance of the proposed equipment ...
  • 10/20/2014 - Use approval and variances obtained for stealth tower in Plymouth Meeting, PA!
    Use variances as well as dimensional and height variances were approved to construct a stealth telecommunications facility within Plymouth Township, Montgomery County. Seidel Planning & Design provided land use planning testimony, analyzed the existing zoning regulations, prepared a written Site Suitability Assessment, and prepared graphic exhibits illustrating the need for the site and limitations of the zoning regulations. A balloon test was also conducted at the project site to assess ...
  • 9/10/2014 - Keeping a low-profile in Maple Shade, NJ!
    Seidel Planning & Design received approval from the Maple Shade Township Zoning Board of Adjustment for the installation of wireless communications antenna and equipment within a clock tower on an existing multi-family building.SPD conducted a visual investigation of the project site and surrounding area, prepared an alternatives-analysis to assess the suitability of alternate sites, and prepared photographic simulations of alternative design solutions to illustrate the negligible impact of the ...
  • 9/3/2014 - All signs point to an approval in Hatboro!
    Seidel Planning obtained wayfinding and monument sign permits for tenants of a commercial office park in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. A review and interpretation of the zoning regulations by the firm, led to a favorable determination from the code enforcement office regarding the quantity, size, and style of signs permitted on the subject property. Seidel Planning prepared permit drawings and obtained the administrative approval of the proposed signs in two-weeks without the anticipated ...
  • 8/19/2014 - Seidel Planning leads the way in Malvern!
    The Seidel Planning Team obtains signage permits for the redevelopment of a corporate office park in Chester County! Extensive research of zoning regulations, calculations, and coordination with municipal staff was provided to develop a design solution maximizing the sign area within the multi-building office campus, while eliminating the need for time consuming and costly public hearings. The administrative permits for wayfinding, building, directional, and monument signs were prepared and ...
  • 8/18/2014 - Variances approved in Upper Uwchland Township, Pennsylvania!
    The SPD team obtained variances to deviate from standards of the zoning ordinance to exceed the permitted height of a structure, reduce required setbacks from property lines, and allow disturbance to regulated steep slopeareas from the Chester County municipality. Testimony was provided by Brian Seidel, a land use planner and landscape architect with the firm, indicating the property could not be developed in strict conformance with the zoning regulations justifying the variances. Mr. ...
  • 8/14/2014 - Seidel Planning & Design’s approvals are through the roof in Essex County, New Jersey!
    New Jersey Professional Planner Brian E. Seidel, provided land use planning testimony obtaining approval from the City of Newark’s Zoning Board of Adjustment for the addition of wireless communications equipment and antenna on the roof of an existing multi-family building. Testimony was supported with a photographic inventory of the existing building with a scale representation of the proposed antenna to verify the accuracy of photographic simulations illustrating the negligible impact on ...
  • 8/13/2014 - A 2-for-1 Special (Exception) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania!
    Brian E. Seidel, RLA, AICP provides land use planning testimony to the Middlesex Township Zoning Hearing Board obtaining special exception approval and variances for two (2) new communication towers in Cumberland County Pennsylvania.Seidel Planning & Design prepared written Site Suitability Assessments, presented graphic zoning analyses, and prepared aerial photographic simulations illustrating views of the proposed project to obtain a unanimous approval from the board for both tower locations ...
  • 8/11/2014 - Seidel Planning & Design assists in obtaining variances in Gloucester Township, Camden County, New Jersey!
    The Seidel Planning Team assists in obtaining another zoning and land use approval for a prominent National Wireless Communications’ Carrier.  A comprehensive approach to providing effective Land Solutions was utilized, and the teams’ extensive experience and talents provided an argument that could not be refuted.   A start to finish approach was applied beginning with aballoon testand photographic simulations, leading way to a series of detailed and compellinggraphic ...
  • 7/14/2014 - Special Exception approval obtained in Adams County, Pennsylvania!
    The Seidel Planning team obtained Special Exception approval from the Abbottstown Borough’s zoning hearing board for the construction of a 120-foot tall monopole style communications tower. Seidel Planning conducted a balloon test and photographic inventory of the project site to assess the visual impact of the structure, and prepared photographic simulations illustrating the view of the tower from adjacent roadways and properties. Thegraphic exhibits were incorporated into a written Site ...
  • 7/11/2014 - Seidel Planning & Design launches new website!
    Welcome to the new and improved website for Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd. Please contact our office at (610) 323 8752, or visit us at 1240 E Schuylkill Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.
  • 6/12/2014 - Board approval received in Randolph Township New Jersey!
    Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd. prepared a photographic inventory and photo-simulations for the addition of antenna and related equipment on an existing communications tower in Morris County. The graphic exhibits were presented with land use planning testimony from Brian E. Seidel, LLA, NJPP, providing justification to the municipal zoning board for approval of the requested use variances.

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