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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, 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, or by phone at (610) 323-8752.


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2016 News Archive

  • 11/22/2016 - Seidel Planning & Design proudly represented the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G)
    Seidel Planning represented PSE&G for the implementation of their internal communications network to support emergency communications. The impacts of Hurricane Sandy highlighted opportunities to supplement the company’s existing communications system and prompted the necessity for a major network upgrade. While a majority of the communications network has been enhanced with the collocation of antenna and equipment on existing communications and transmission towers, an important ...
  • 11/17/2016 - Bells Ring with Approval in Haddon Heights!
    Historic properties, limitations in the town’s land use regulations, and a primarily residential community required a creative solution to improve communications within Haddon Heights Borough, Camden County, NJ. Seidel Planning & Design supported the requested use, height, and setback variances with expert land use planning testimony presented to the town’s zoning board of adjustment. The staff at Seidel Planning supported the application with the preparation of 3D models ...
  • 8/22/2016 - Now you see us… Now you don’t!
    Multiple design solutions were suggested by the municipality and community to address buffer requirements of Upper Dublin Township for the development of billboard along the Pennsylvanian Turnpike in Montgomery County. Seidel Planning & Design worked with the project team to identify a simple and immediately effective solution to maintain visibility of the billboard from motorists on the Turnpike while screening the view from nearby residential properties. In addition to design services, Seidel ...
  • 8/19/2016 - No application too small!
    Seidel Planning & Design received another approval to permit the replacement of signage at a large multi-tenant industrial warehouse in Springettsbury Township, York County. Seidel Planning & Design prepared an inventory of the existing non-conforming signage to determine permitted sign area, and acquired permits to remove the existing signage, and install illuminated signs for the new tenants.
  • 8/8/2016 - Seidel Planning is heading west!
    Seidel Planning conducted an advertised balloon test for a proposed telecommunications tower in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The balloon test was utilized to assess and mitigate the potential visual impact of the proposed structure on surrounding historic properties in the City of Martinsburg.
  • 7/14/2016 - Minor changes require major approvals in Morris County!
    Testimony was provided to the Randolph Township Planning Board by Brian E. Seidel, LLA, NJPP in support of D2 and D6 use variances required for a proposed expansion to an existing non-conforming communications tower, and to deviate from the Township’s height regulations. Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd. prepared a photographic inventory and photographic simulations illustrating the additional antenna and related equipment.
  • 6/18/2016 - Planning for traffic on Main Street!
    Seidel Planning & Design took a break from their usual planning solutions to apply their skills to event and festival planning! Seidel Planning & Design collaborated with Brew Crew Events and Phoenixville Borough to prepare the layout for the Craft Beer Festival on Main Street in Phoenixville, PA.
  • 5/27/2016 - We'll be the Judge of that...
    Brian Seidel, a certified land use planner and landscape architect with Seidel Planning & Design had the opportunity to serve as a judge for the Boyertown Junior High West 9th Grade community planning project. Mr. Seidel was selected to work with a group of community volunteers to critique teams of students taking on professional roles including a marketing coordinator, recreational planner, architect, project manager, engineer, and zoning coordinator. The teams developed and presented ...
  • 5/2/2016 - Seidel Planning obtains a favorable zoning determination to finalize tenant lease!
    Services provided by a medical infusion therapy center did not meet the specific requirements of East Whiteland Township’s use regulations for ‘Business or professional offices’. To finalize a lease agreement for the therapy center, Seidel Planning was retained to review the zoning regulations and provide justification for the proposed tenant. SPD prepared correspondence indicating the suitability of the proposed tenant for the existing building, compatibility with surrounding ...
  • 4/26/2016 - Request for interpretation and exemption approved in Middlesex County, New Jersey!
    Seidel Planning & Design’s President, Brian E. Seidel, LLA, NJPP provided compelling land use planning testimony to the municipal Zoning Board of Adjustment winning approval for the modification of an existing communications tower in Carteret Borough. Testimony summarized: the application was consistent with the spirit & purpose of State and Federal legislation supporting the colocation of antenna and equipment on existing structures; the application and structure met the federal ...
  • 4/25/2016 - A Divine Approval!
    A request for site plan waiver, height variances, and use variances were approved for the Salem United Methodist Church in the City of Pleasantville, Atlantic County, New Jersey. The staff at Seidel Planning & Design prepared a series of exhibits including photographic simulations and zoning overlay maps which were presented to the municipal zoning board by the firm’s president Brian E. Seidel, LLA, NJPP. Mr. Seidel’s testimony and supporting exhibits highlighted the suitability of ...
  • 4/16/2016 - Will work for Beer!
    Seidel Planning & Design is proud to assist Brew Crew Events in preparation of the Reading Craft Beer Festival, held at the Santander Arena & Performing Arts Center. The team at Seidel Planning prepared plans to identify a layout within the arena to accommodate over 100 breweries and vendors throughout the arena (and enjoyed a sampling as well). Cheers!
  • 4/14/2016 - A roaring approval in Red Lion!
    Brian E. Seidel, NJPP, AICP provided land use planning testimony in South Hampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. The testimony highlighted the positive impact of the application on the community and consistency with commercial uses in the underlying zoning district to secure the D-1 use variance.
  • 4/12/2016 - Lucky # 7 approved in Coaldale!
    Conditional Use Approval was granted by Coaldale Borough for the construction of a 199-foot lattice style communications tower.The approval in Coaldale was the final approval required to complete a development master plan for seven wireless communication sites in the region adjacent to Route 209 from Jim Thorpe to Tamaqua through Schuylkill and Carbon Counties.Coaldale rendered the decision at their April 12, 2016 meeting after testimony was presented at two (2) prior meetings.
  • 3/30/2016 - Special Exception approved in Lansford!
    Seidel Planning & Design represented a property owner and developer at the Municipal Zoning Hearing Board supporting development in Lansford Borough.Testimony was provided describing an analysis of alternative sites, compliance with zoning regulations, and suitability of the project site.Mr. Seidel addressed community concerns of traffic, security, safety, and visual impact securing a unanimous approval from the board.
  • 3/28/2016 - Special Exception Approvals flow through Slum Creek!
    J. Wesley Beers provided testimony to the Tamaqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board obtaining special exception approval for a communications tower within the borough.Mr. Beers’ testimony highlighted compliance with zoning regulations, and consistency with wireless communications master plan being implemented between Schuylkill and Carbon Counties.
  • 3/24/2016 - Flying to new heights in Swarthmore!
    The Seidel Planning team conducted a balloon test to determine the visual impact of a proposed structure on the surrounding community.The field investigation was completed at the request of Swarthmore College and publicly advertised to gain community input on the project.The investigation included flying a large red balloon to the height of the proposed structure, and obtaining photographs of the balloon from surrounding properties and roadways.After the field investigation was completed, the ...
  • 3/22/2016 - Expert testimony provided in Philadelphia
    Seidel Planning provided land use planning testimony at Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections (L&I) review board to appeal the issuance of a special assembly occupancy permit.  Mr. Seidel presented a written report containing a series of photographs and exhibits indicating that the criteria required for L&I to issue the special use permit was not adequately addressed, resulting in a direct negative impact on the community and residential neighborhood. Testimony highlighted the direct ...
  • 3/16/2016 - Capitalizing on Surban Development Trends!
    Seidel Planning provided research, investigation, and design services as part of the due-diligence for the acquisition of a notable commercial property in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA. The SPD team provided a parking needs assessment, prepared alternative site designs to maximize parking efficiency, and developed construction cost estimates in order to implement the alternative site designs and to facilitate the acquisition and redevelopment of the property.
  • 2/10/2016 - Planning testimony reaches a new peak in Summit Hill!
    Expanding the implementation of a wireless communications master plan and complimenting zoning approvals received the night before in adjacent Nesquehoning Borough, Brian Seidel provided land use planning testimony to obtain special exception approval of a communications tower in Summit Hill Borough.Testimony outlined the suitability of the subject property, the lack of existing available infrastructure in the region, and compliance with municipal regulations resulting in the least intrusive ...
  • 2/9/2016 - Seidel Planning & Design scores a hat trick in Nesquehoning Borough!
    Brian E. Seidel demonstrated his experience & expertise in planning for wireless infrastructure with land use planning testimony to obtain special exception approval for three (3) communications towers within the Borough. Mr. Seidel presented exhibits illustrating the three proposed locations will expand opportunities for wireless communications service, compliment existing wireless infrastructure, and comply with municipal zoning regulations to implement a wireless communications development ...
  • 1/27/2016 - Seidel Planning lights up approvals in East Pikeland!
    Brian E. Seidel, a land use planner and president of Seidel Planning & Design, presented photographic simulations and provided land use planning testimony to support the approval of variances required to install a small-cell wireless solution on existing light standards within the Chester County shopping center. Testimony was provided indicating the suitability of the property and consistency with the zoning regulations to justify the need for the design solution to the municipal zoning hearing ...
  • 1/27/2016 - Seidel Planning expands landscape architecture services to the Old line State!
    Seidel Planning & Design is pleased to announce the firm’s President, Brian E. Seidel, has obtained his landscape architectural license in the State of Maryland to service needs of the firm’s existing clients & project sites in Columbia and Carroll Counties. The staff at Seidel Planning holds additional landscape architectural licenses in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in addition to the New Jersey Professional Planning license (NJPP) and the American Institute of Certified ...
  • 1/25/2016 - Illustrating a creative design solution in Upper Dublin!
    The landscape architects at Seidel Planning prepared landscape plans and illustrative renderings assisting in the approval of use variances in the Montgomery County municipality, for the development of a billboard adjacent to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fort Washington. Plans depicted a landscape solution to mitigate potential views of the illuminated sign from nearby residential properties.
  • 1/20/2016 - Zoning approvals overflow in Toms River, New Jersey!
    Seidel Planning & Design provides land use planning testimony to obtain use variance approval in the Ocean County municipality to implement a small-cell wireless solution. Testimony was presented indicating the need for the facility, the suitability of the property for the proposed use, and negligible negative impact on the surrounding community and zoning plan.
  • 1/12/2016 - A favorable recommendation received in Nesquehoning Borough!
    Brian Seidel, a land use planner and president of Seidel Planning & Design, presented plans and exhibits illustrating the suitability of a parcel within the Carbon County Municipality for the development of communication towers. Seidel Planning presented site plans, an inventory of existing towers in the area to illustrate the suitability of the site, and described the projectsconsistency with Municipal zoning regulations to receive a unanimous recommendation of approval from the ...
  • 1/11/2016 - Seidel Planning & Design, Ltd expands the design team!
    Seidel Planning starts 2016 strong and is pleased to announce an expansion of the design team with the addition of J.Wesley Beers. A graduate from Temple University’s Landscape Architectural program, Wes brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in land use planning, landscape design, GIS, and technical design services. Welcome Wes to the team by contacting him at, or by phone at (610) 323-8752.

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