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  • 10/18/2017 - Seidel Planning & Design is in the Pine Barrens! Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd. was on-site for a beautiful fall day in the New Jersey Pine Barrens! A  balloon test was conducted, and a photographic inventory with simulations prepared to address the potential impact of a proposed development project on neighboring properties, adjacent roadways, and nearby areas of environmental significance as requested by the Pinelands Commission.
  • 10/12/2017 - Seidel Planning & Design crunches the numbers A fiscal impact assessment prepared by Seidel Planning & Design was presented to Phoenixville Borough to assess revenue and expenditures anticipated with the construction of a proposed multi-family community. In addition to fiscal impact assessments, Seidel Planning also prepares environmental, visual, and site impact assessments to address county and municipal regulations throughout Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • 9/20/2017 - Deed restriction lifted in Burlington County! Brian E. Seidel, NJPP, AICP a New Jersey Professional Planner, appeared before the Lumberton Township Zoning Board in support of an application to modify deed restrictions and amend a previously approved use variance allowing the construction and use of an in-laws suite to the existing single-family dwelling. The original approval was granted and named the specific owners and residents of the property. The modification and amendment was granted to transfer the use variance to the land, ...
  • 8/15/2017 - Listen to this! Land use planning testimony was presented in support of a Planning Board application for a wireless communications facility in the City of Jersey City, Hudson County, NJ. Brian Seidel, a New Jersey Professional Planner, presented a comparison of photographic simulations to the Planning Board illustrating alternative design solutions, and provided expert testimony to eliminate stealth-design requirements and obtain the required land use approvals.
  • 8/14/2017 - Conditional Use approval received in East Coventry Township! The Seidel Planning team represented the developer over a period of several months to obtain conditional use approval for a development project within the Chester County municipality. To facilitate the approval, Seidel Planning prepared an initial zoning analysis containing findings of research and supporting graphic exhibits highlighting the restrictive limitations of the zoning code. Findings of the report were ultimately utilized to implement appropriate amendments to the ...
  • 8/7/2017 - Seidel Planning got the call! Seidel Planning & Design represented a nationwide wireless service provider in New Jersey’s City of Camden to obtain approval for the installation of a wireless communications facility (WCF) on the roof of an existing tall structure within the City. Although the proposed WCF was listed as a ‘permitted use’ in the underlying zoning district, characteristics of the property conflicted with specific regulations of the City’s ordinance, rendering the use ...
  • 8/1/2017 - Seidel Planning heads to Western PA! The staff at Seidel Planning traveled west to Penn Township in West Moreland County to present a conditional use and land development application to the Planning Commission of the 1st Class Township. The presentation described the site location, suitability of the property for the intended use, abundance of natural screening, and consistency with zoning regulations for not only the Township, but also the adjacent municipalities resulting in a recommendation of approval from the Board.
  • 7/25/2017 - Access approved! Seidel Planning & Design facilitated approval of construction permits in Douglass Township to improve accessibility to a Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA facility. Seidel Planning’s project team conducted a field investigation to verify site measurements and conformance with standards of the American Disabilities Act. Construction drawings were prepared and approved by the Montgomery County municipality to improve vehicular parking and provide ADA-compliant accessibility to the existing ...
  • 7/20/2017 - Congratulations to Pennsylvania's newest landscape architect! Seidel Planning & Design is pleased to announce a project manager at the firm, J. Wesley Beers, is now officially J. Wesley Beers, RLA! Wes passed his L.A.R.E (Landscape Architect Review Examination) in May, and received his official PA license this week.  Contact Wes to congratulate him at jwb@seidelplanning.com, or in the office at 610-323-8752.
  • 7/19/2017 - Lights… Landscaping… Approval! Seidel Planning & Design prepared landscape and lighting plans to accompany the land development application for a proposed multi-building retail development in Amity Township, Berks County. Seidel Planning worked with the project team to develop plans addressing the Township’s buffer requirements, while maintaining visibility and accessibility to both the east and westbound lanes of the Ben Franklin Highway (Route 422).
  • 7/6/2017 - Seidel Planning receives approval of ‘B’ and ‘C’ variances! Land use planning testimony from Brian E. Seidel, NJPP, AICP was provided to the City of Millville in Cumberland County, New Jersey supporting a request for an interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance, otherwise known as a ‘B’ variance. Mr. Seidel explained that the guidelines for Zoning Boards to interpret ordinances were satisfied by providing (1) a reasonable construction of the language, and (2) an interpretation that serves the legislative purpose of the Ordinance. Mr. Seidel ...
  • 7/1/2017 - Seidel Planning & Design on Site! Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd. performed a parking needs assessment for several adjoining retail uses in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA. Research, field investigation, site plan preparation, and quantified documentation of usage were provided to illustrate parking demand over a period of several days.  
  • 6/9/2017 - Expert witness testimony accepted in Glen Gardner! Land use planning testimony from Brian Seidel, NJPP, AICP was presented to the Lebanon Township Planning Board in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd. prepared exhibits illustrating the extent of a development project in relation to the surrounding communities, including a presentation of photographic simulations resulting in approval of the conditional use application.
  • 6/5/2017 - Seidel Planning & Design brings home another zoning win in Cherry Hill Township! SPD provided land use planning testimony in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey to obtain approval of ‘C’ setback variances to facilitate growth of an existing industrial manufacturing facility in the Camden County municipality. Seidel Planning & Design continues to provide expert planning testimony and support services to diverse markets supporting strategic community development and economic growth.
  • 6/5/2017 - Role reversal... Students present community development solutions to Seidel Planning! Brian Seidel of Seidel Planning & Design appeared as a panel judge for the Boyertown School District’s Community Planning presentation. Ninth-grade students presented their final projects to a panel of community leaders and design professionals illustrating concepts for their ideal neighborhood and vision for the future. The staff at Seidel Planning & Design continues to provide volunteering and support of charitable organizations, youth programs, and governmental agencies to strengthen ...
  • 6/5/2017 - Seidel Planning & Design brings home another zoning win in Cherry Hill Township! SPD provided land use planning testimony in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey to obtain approval of ‘C’ setback variances to facilitate growth of an existing industrial manufacturing facility in the Camden County municipality. Seidel Planning & Design continues to provide expert planning testimony and support services to diverse markets supporting strategic community development and economic growth.
  • 6/1/2017 - Variances and minor site plan approval obtained in Evesham Township! Brian E. Seidel, a New Jersey Professional Planner, presented a development application for the expansion of a commercial building and outdoor dining area patio to the Planning Board in Burlington County, NJ. Expert witness testimony was provided by the NJ Professional Planner to obtain Minor Site Plan approval and a series of ‘C’ variances deviating from the Municipality’s setback requirements.
  • 5/24/2017 - Seidel Planning & Design addresses SHPO concerns in Virginia! Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd. prepared a visual impact inventory and assessment to address concerns from the State’s Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for a development project in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County. In addition to a desktop review, a field investigation was conducted to document the condition & location of historic properties as well as natural & man-made visual buffers occurring between the proposed development and the State’s areas of concern.
  • 5/23/2017 - Seidel Planning & Design is NOT full of hot air! Seidel Planning was requested to review and provide an interpretation of the Shaler Township zoning regulations pertaining to specific requirements for a ‘balloon test’ in the Allegheny County municipality of Pennsylvania. The team at SPD reviewed the regulations with municipal officials and the project team to provide a favorable interpretation of the requirements resulting in the completion of the balloon test, and approval of the conditional use application to permit construction ...
  • 5/8/2017 - Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd welcomes a new employee to the design team! Seidel Planning & Design is pleased to announce an expansion of the design team with the addition of Christian Molander. Christian is a recent graduate from Temple University’s Landscape Architecture program and brings a depth of design and graphic solutions to the firm. Welcome Christian to the team by contacting him at cdm@seidelplanning.com, or by phone at (610) 323-8752.

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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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