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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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2015 News Archive

  • 12/10/2015 - Double approvals in Twin Lakes!
    Land use planning testimony provided by Brian E. Seidel, AICP resulted in the Planning Board in the Town of Hurley adopting a SEQRA negative declaration under state law, approving a special permit and site plan application to develop a communications tower in New York’s Catskills region of Ulster County. An advertised balloon test was conducted at the project site with municipal officials, to assess the potential visual impact on the community. The resulting photographs were utilized to ...
  • 11/19/2015 - The sun shines in Glassboro!
    Brian E. Seidel, LLA, NJPP of Seidel Planning & Design provides land use planning testimony obtaining use variances for a solar farm providing renewable energy for the Robins’ Nest Children’s Services agency in the Borough of Glassboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey. Aerial photographic simulations were prepared illustrating views of the project and how preservation of existing vegetation would screen views of the facility from adjacent residential properties.
  • 11/18/2015 - A hole-in-one approval in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania!
    Land use planning testimony was provided by Brian E. Seidel, RLA, AICP of Seidel Planning & Design obtaining variances permitting a communications tower on the existing golf course in Limerick Township, Pennsylvania. Expert land use planning testimony was supported with a visual impact assessment, photographic inventory of the project site, and photographic simulations illustrating the minimal impact of the stealth-designed structure from adjacent fairways, roadways, and properties.
  • 11/4/2015 - The Seidel Planning & Design team working in Harmony!
    Brian E. Seidel, a New Jersey Professional Planner, provides land use planning testimony to obtain D3 and D6 use and height variances in Harmony Township, Warren County, New Jersey. Testimony was supported with graphic exhibits prepared by Seidel Planning & Design illustrating the particular suitability of site for the proposed use, and the minimal impact of the project on the surrounding community.
  • 10/7/2015 - Reaching new heights in Mahwah New Jersey!
    A communications tower in Bergen County, NJ receives zoning board approval to increase the height of the structure by 20-feet to accommodate new and additional antenna. Seidel Planning & Design’s President, Brian E. Seidel presented graphic exhibits illustrating a photographic inventory of the existing structure and simulations of the proposed height extension. The exhibits were supplemented with Mr. Seidel’s land use planning testimony describing the characteristics of the ...
  • 9/2/2015 - Small-cell solution is a big win for Jackson Township New Jersey!
    Land use planning testimony was provided by New Jersey Professional Planner Brian E. Seidel supporting the approval of requested D variances to implement a small-cell solution for a retail center in Ocean County, NJ. Mr. Seidel’s testimony highlighted: the separation of the structure from residential dwellings, minimal land disturbance, and minimal visual impact comparing the appearance and height of the proposed structure to existing light poles in the adjacent roadway and surrounding ...
  • 8/26/2015 - Advertising on the rise in Pottstown!
    Construction of a new billboard adjacent to Pennsylvania Route 422, is slated with the approval received from Lower Pottsgrove Township’s zoning hearing board. Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP provided land use planning testimony justifying the variance relief requested for reduced setbacks from property boundaries, increased sign area, and height increase to 65-feet above ground level. Testimony was supported with graphic exhibits, illustrating characteristics of the existing project site and ...
  • 7/20/2015 - A flood of approvals in Marsh Creek!
    Conditional use approval was obtained from the Uwchland Township Board of Supervisors to permit the construction of a 150-foot tall monopole-style communications tower in the Chester County municipality. Brian Seidel of Seidel Planning & Design provided professional land use planning testimony supported by graphic exhibits illustrating the results of a balloon test to assess the visibility of the structure at various heights, photographic simulations of the proposed tower, and an inventory of ...
  • 7/20/2015 - Seidel Planning & Design prepares a telecommunications Master Plan for Carbon & Schuylkill Counties!
    Seidel Planning & Design completes the development of a telecommunications master plan in two adjacent Pennsylvania Counties. The master plan was prepared to assess development potential of privately owned lands located within Coaldale, Jim Thorpe, Lansford, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, and Tamaqua Boroughs. A detailed inventory of existing surrounding wireless telecommunication facilities was completed including the identification of existing tall structures in the community, and topographic ...
  • 7/14/2015 - Approval for a Zen experience in Berks County!
    Brian E. Seidel, RLA, AICP provided land use planning testimony allowing an abandoned intermediate school to be repurposed as a professional educational training center for the Kula Kamala Foundation; an educational and training center for yoga, yoga therapy, and a broad range of holistic approaches dedicated to healing and health. Mr. Seidel, President of Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd, provided land use planning testimony based on an extensive review of the Alsace Township zoning and land use ...
  • 5/5/2015 - Spirits high in Warwick Township Pennsylvania!
    Seidel Planning assists in obtaining waivers and land use approvals for the development of the Brandywine Branch Distillery in historic Chester County. Several design concepts were prepared illustrating options to repurpose an existing barn and provide parking, loading, and access to the proposed distillery. The preferred concept including landscape and lighting plans was incorporated into the land development application and presented to the township supervisors obtaining the required ...
  • 4/30/2015 - Land use approvals are a ‘shore-thing’ in Margate NJ!
    Seidel Planning & Design provides land use planning testimony obtaining approval to install wireless communication antenna and related equipment on the roof of a commercial office building in the New Jersey beach community.Both D and C variances were required to permit the communications equipment in the underlying zoning district and to exceed the height regulations of the underlying zoning district. In addition to land use planning testimony, Brian E. Seidel, NJPP, AICP presented photographic ...
  • 3/2/2015 - 262 approvals, 236 municipalities, 30 counties, 4 states, 0 problems!
    Seidel Planning & Design finalizes administrative zoning, construction, and electrical permits allowing upgrades to the wireless communications service network in the Mid-Atlantic region. With extensive knowledge of specific municipal and county regulations, the Seidel Planning team quickly identified application requirements, required approvals, and anticipated time-frames to begin construction. Seidel Planning provided extensive communication with the project team through every step of the ...
  • 2/10/2015 - A sign of things to come in Horsham Pennsylvania!
    Special exception and variance approval was granted by the Horsham Township Zoning Hearing Board to construct a 400 square-foot sign, 25-feet in height, adjacent to the heavily traveled Route 309. Brian Seidel, a land use planner and landscape architect, provided land use planning testimony at numerous meetings and hearings in support of the application. Expert testimony was supported with graphic exhibits prepared by Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd. illustrating site context, photographic ...
  • 2/1/2015 - Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd is growing and expanding to our new location!!!
    Seidel Planning & Design is pleased to announce the relocation of our main office to accommodate the company’s continued growth! Please update all information to reflect our new physical location and mailing address at: 2103 East High Street, Suite 200, Pottstown PA 19464. All phone numbers and contact information will remain unchanged:Please contact our office should you have any questions, or visit us at:Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd.2103 E. High Street, Suite 200Pottstown, PA ...
  • 1/6/2015 - A flurry of approvals in Hazle Township Pennsylvania
    Zoning Hearing Board approval was granted to install a 10-foot height extension and two (2) additional dish antenna to an existing monopole-style communications tower at the Eagle Rock Ski Resort in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania. Seidel Planning & Design prepared zoning applications; coordinated scheduling, advertising,and posting public notice of the hearing; and provided land use planning testimony obtaining Special Exception approval and a favorable opinion, no additional construction ...

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