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  • 7/12/2021 - Conditional use approval received from Newlin Township! After numerous public hearings spanning nearly 12 months, the Newlin Township Board of Supervisors granted conditional use approval to construct a stealth, mono-pine style communications tower in the Chester County municipality. Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP provided land planning testimony during the hearings to support the application. In addition to testimony, Seidel Planning & Design also conducted a publicly advertised balloon test to illustrate the height & visual impact of the ...
  • 6/15/2021 - A mixed-use commercial district permitted in Delaware County! The land planners at Seidel Planning & Design assisted the staff of a Delaware County municipality with the development of zoning regulations to provide a mixed-use commercial zoning district. The ordinance was prepared to encourage a variety of supporting commercial uses and economic development, while maintaining design regulations to protect the surrounding residential community. 
  • 6/14/2021 - Recreation Master Plans in Delaware County! Seidel Planning & Design prepared concept plans for the redevelopment of Municipal neighborhood pocket-parks in Delaware County, PA. The plans identified parking & pedestrian safety improvements to create ‘community center’ environments, enhance the communities, & support future grant applications.
  • 6/10/2021 - A vote to amend the Borough Redevelopment Plan! Brian Seidel, NJPP provided land planning testimony and obtained an affirmative vote of the Clayton Borough Council to amend the Borough’s Redevelopment Plan to include a key parcel & accommodate a mixed-use, infill-development project within the Borough’s Delsea Drive Commercial Corridor.  Mr. Seidel’s presentation addressed the substantial positive impact the amendment & the proposed density would provide to support the redevelopment & economic development of the ...
  • 6/8/2021 - Community & fiscal impacts assessed in Phoenixville! Phoenixville Borough Council approved a land development application to redevelop an existing property into a multi-family residential community. Planning & Design provided a fiscal impact assessment for the project illustrating the specific methods how the development will reduce costs for the Borough & School District, while increasing revenue. 
  • 6/2/2021 - Restaurant upgrades approved in Hillsborough, NJ! Brian Seidel, NJPP provided land use testimony to obtain site plan approval & variances for the redevelopment of an existing fast-food restaurant in Somerset County, NJ. Testimony illustrated the reduction of numerous non-conforming conditions, & site improvements to address the Township’s Architectural Site Design District & Gateway zoning regulations.
  • 6/2/2021 - Digital models & photographic simulations prepared! The planners & landscape architects at Seidel Planning conducted a visual field investigation in Franklin Park Borough, Allegheny County, PA to assess the potential visual impact of a proposed tower on the surrounding community. Digital terrain models of the area were prepared to identify the impact of various locations & supplemented with photographic simulations. 
  • 5/25/2021 - Seidel Planning is proud to sponsor the APMM 2021 Web Conference! Seidel Planning is proud to sponsor the APMM 2021 Web Conference!
  • 5/24/2021 - Age-qualified housing for Clayton Borough! Land planning testimony was provided by Brian Seidel, NJPP in Clayton Borough, Gloucester County to obtain D1 use variance approval permitting the construction of an age-qualified residential community. Testimony highlighted the substantial buffers from adjacent properties & streets, the preservation of environmentally sensitive areas & open space, & privately owned site improvements.
  • 5/24/2021 - D3 Variances approved in Howell! Brian Seidel, NJPP, AICP provided land planning testimony to obtain approval of a wireless telecommunications facility in Howell Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.  Mr. Seidel’s testimony was supported with graphic exhibits illustrating the limitations created by the numerous use & setback requirements identified within the Municipal land use regulations.  
  • 5/20/2021 - Adaptive reuse approved in Newtown Township! Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP provided land planning testimony to support the conversion of an existing private school to administrative offices in Delaware County, PA. Highlights of Mr. Seidel’s  testimony were that despite the required variances, the application was consistent with the Future Land Use of the property identified within the Township’s comprehensive plan to obtain the approval. 
  • 5/14/2021 - Landscape plans to support commercial development! The landscape architects at Seidel Planning provided landscape plans for the development of a proposed retail property in the Borough of Perkasie in Bucks County, PA. The plans were prepared to address Municipal zoning & land development requirements including screening of parking areas, street trees, & rain gardens.
  • 5/13/2021 - Microbreweries permitted in Delaware County! The land planners at Seidel Planning & Design assisted the staff of a Delaware County municipality with the development of zoning ordinance amendments to define terms & identify appropriate locations within the Township for food & beverage services including restaurants, microbreweries, & brew pubs. The ordinance was prepared to encourage the development of eating & drinking establishments in established commercial centers and pedestrian corridors. 
  • 5/11/2021 - Residential development feasibility studies prepared in Bucks County! Seidel Planning & Design prepared site capacity calculations to identify permitted densities for a residential property in Bucks County, PA. The calculations provided a guide for the development of multiple sketch plans illustrating a variety of residential dwellings to identify the actual yield anticipated for the subject property. 
  • 4/23/2021 - Plans for fencing & screening! Seidel Planning prepared screening & buffer plans illustrating the location of proposed fencing, earthen berms, and landscaping for a residential property in Telford, PA.  Plans were prepared to address Municipal zoning requirements resulting from a special exception approval recently received for the property. Land use planning testimony supporting the special exception was previously provided by Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP. 
  • 4/20/2021 - An assessment of residential design options! The designers at Seidel Planning prepared digital models to illustrate recommended building & site improvements for a residential property in Douglass Township, Montgomery County. Exhibits illustrated design options for discussion with the property owner & contractor. 
  • 4/13/2021 - Seidel Planning provides direction! The landscape architects & designers at Seidel Planning prepared concept designs for directional signs at a Municipal Park in Delaware County, PA. Exhibits highlighted the design of the signs as well as landscape plans & photographic simulations to illustrating the main entrance to the park.
  • 4/1/2021 - Home occupation approval received in Salford Township! Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP presented land planning testimony to the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board to obtain approval for a family owned home-based business in Montgomery County, PA. Mr. Seidel’s testimony highlighted the consistency of the use with the surrounding community, negligible community impacts, and the consistency of the use with the Township & County’s land use regulations. 
  • 3/25/2021 - Use approvals obtained in Bergen County! Brian Seidel, NJPP, AICP supported an application for the adaptive reuse of a commercial property in the Borough of Maywood, New Jersey. Mr. Seidel’s land planning testimony highlighted the consistency of the use with the area, and satisfaction of the four (4) elements of proof required to pass the Medici test to justify & obtain the use variance relief. 
  • 3/22/2021 - Landscape plans for a commercial redevelopment in Delaware County! Seidel Planning provided landscape plans for the redevelopment of a proposed commercial property in Springfield Township, PA. The plans were prepared to address Municipal zoning & land development requirements, and address additional buffering requests suggested by neighboring property owners at prior community meetings. 

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2021 News Archive

  • 7/12/2021 - Conditional use approval received from Newlin Township!
    After numerous public hearings spanning nearly 12 months, the Newlin Township Board of Supervisors granted conditional use approval to construct a stealth, mono-pine style communications tower in the Chester County municipality. Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP provided land planning testimony during the hearings to support the application. In addition to testimony, Seidel Planning & Design also conducted a publicly advertised balloon test to illustrate the height & visual impact of the ...
  • 6/15/2021 - A mixed-use commercial district permitted in Delaware County!
    The land planners at Seidel Planning & Design assisted the staff of a Delaware County municipality with the development of zoning regulations to provide a mixed-use commercial zoning district. The ordinance was prepared to encourage a variety of supporting commercial uses and economic development, while maintaining design regulations to protect the surrounding residential community. 
  • 6/14/2021 - Recreation Master Plans in Delaware County!
    Seidel Planning & Design prepared concept plans for the redevelopment of Municipal neighborhood pocket-parks in Delaware County, PA. The plans identified parking & pedestrian safety improvements to create ‘community center’ environments, enhance the communities, & support future grant applications.
  • 6/10/2021 - A vote to amend the Borough Redevelopment Plan!
    Brian Seidel, NJPP provided land planning testimony and obtained an affirmative vote of the Clayton Borough Council to amend the Borough’s Redevelopment Plan to include a key parcel & accommodate a mixed-use, infill-development project within the Borough’s Delsea Drive Commercial Corridor.  Mr. Seidel’s presentation addressed the substantial positive impact the amendment & the proposed density would provide to support the redevelopment & economic development of the ...
  • 6/8/2021 - Community & fiscal impacts assessed in Phoenixville!
    Phoenixville Borough Council approved a land development application to redevelop an existing property into a multi-family residential community. Planning & Design provided a fiscal impact assessment for the project illustrating the specific methods how the development will reduce costs for the Borough & School District, while increasing revenue. 
  • 6/2/2021 - Restaurant upgrades approved in Hillsborough, NJ!
    Brian Seidel, NJPP provided land use testimony to obtain site plan approval & variances for the redevelopment of an existing fast-food restaurant in Somerset County, NJ. Testimony illustrated the reduction of numerous non-conforming conditions, & site improvements to address the Township’s Architectural Site Design District & Gateway zoning regulations.
  • 6/2/2021 - Digital models & photographic simulations prepared!
    The planners & landscape architects at Seidel Planning conducted a visual field investigation in Franklin Park Borough, Allegheny County, PA to assess the potential visual impact of a proposed tower on the surrounding community. Digital terrain models of the area were prepared to identify the impact of various locations & supplemented with photographic simulations. 
  • 5/25/2021 - Seidel Planning is proud to sponsor the APMM 2021 Web Conference!
    Seidel Planning is proud to sponsor the APMM 2021 Web Conference!
  • 5/24/2021 - Age-qualified housing for Clayton Borough!
    Land planning testimony was provided by Brian Seidel, NJPP in Clayton Borough, Gloucester County to obtain D1 use variance approval permitting the construction of an age-qualified residential community. Testimony highlighted the substantial buffers from adjacent properties & streets, the preservation of environmentally sensitive areas & open space, & privately owned site improvements.
  • 5/24/2021 - D3 Variances approved in Howell!
    Brian Seidel, NJPP, AICP provided land planning testimony to obtain approval of a wireless telecommunications facility in Howell Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.  Mr. Seidel’s testimony was supported with graphic exhibits illustrating the limitations created by the numerous use & setback requirements identified within the Municipal land use regulations.  
  • 5/20/2021 - Adaptive reuse approved in Newtown Township!
    Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP provided land planning testimony to support the conversion of an existing private school to administrative offices in Delaware County, PA. Highlights of Mr. Seidel’s  testimony were that despite the required variances, the application was consistent with the Future Land Use of the property identified within the Township’s comprehensive plan to obtain the approval. 
  • 5/14/2021 - Landscape plans to support commercial development!
    The landscape architects at Seidel Planning provided landscape plans for the development of a proposed retail property in the Borough of Perkasie in Bucks County, PA. The plans were prepared to address Municipal zoning & land development requirements including screening of parking areas, street trees, & rain gardens.
  • 5/13/2021 - Microbreweries permitted in Delaware County!
    The land planners at Seidel Planning & Design assisted the staff of a Delaware County municipality with the development of zoning ordinance amendments to define terms & identify appropriate locations within the Township for food & beverage services including restaurants, microbreweries, & brew pubs. The ordinance was prepared to encourage the development of eating & drinking establishments in established commercial centers and pedestrian corridors. 
  • 5/11/2021 - Residential development feasibility studies prepared in Bucks County!
    Seidel Planning & Design prepared site capacity calculations to identify permitted densities for a residential property in Bucks County, PA. The calculations provided a guide for the development of multiple sketch plans illustrating a variety of residential dwellings to identify the actual yield anticipated for the subject property. 
  • 4/23/2021 - Plans for fencing & screening!
    Seidel Planning prepared screening & buffer plans illustrating the location of proposed fencing, earthen berms, and landscaping for a residential property in Telford, PA.  Plans were prepared to address Municipal zoning requirements resulting from a special exception approval recently received for the property. Land use planning testimony supporting the special exception was previously provided by Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP. 
  • 4/20/2021 - An assessment of residential design options!
    The designers at Seidel Planning prepared digital models to illustrate recommended building & site improvements for a residential property in Douglass Township, Montgomery County. Exhibits illustrated design options for discussion with the property owner & contractor. 
  • 4/13/2021 - Seidel Planning provides direction!
    The landscape architects & designers at Seidel Planning prepared concept designs for directional signs at a Municipal Park in Delaware County, PA. Exhibits highlighted the design of the signs as well as landscape plans & photographic simulations to illustrating the main entrance to the park.
  • 4/1/2021 - Home occupation approval received in Salford Township!
    Brian Seidel, RLA, AICP presented land planning testimony to the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board to obtain approval for a family owned home-based business in Montgomery County, PA. Mr. Seidel’s testimony highlighted the consistency of the use with the surrounding community, negligible community impacts, and the consistency of the use with the Township & County’s land use regulations. 
  • 3/25/2021 - Use approvals obtained in Bergen County!
    Brian Seidel, NJPP, AICP supported an application for the adaptive reuse of a commercial property in the Borough of Maywood, New Jersey. Mr. Seidel’s land planning testimony highlighted the consistency of the use with the area, and satisfaction of the four (4) elements of proof required to pass the Medici test to justify & obtain the use variance relief. 
  • 3/22/2021 - Landscape plans for a commercial redevelopment in Delaware County!
    Seidel Planning provided landscape plans for the redevelopment of a proposed commercial property in Springfield Township, PA. The plans were prepared to address Municipal zoning & land development requirements, and address additional buffering requests suggested by neighboring property owners at prior community meetings. 
  • 3/17/2021 - D&R Canal Commission approval received!
    A proposed residential community in Mercer County, NJ received approval from the Delaware Raritan Canal Commission (DRCC). The planners & landscape architects at Seidel Planning prepared reports, conducted field investigation, & provided graphic exhibits to illustrate the project’s consistency with the Commission’s development standards. Landscape plans for the proposed community were presented to Lawrence Township by Brian Seidel, LLA, NJPP at prior virtual meetings to obtain ...
  • 3/16/2021 - Native landscape buffer plans prepared for Kennett Square!
    The landscape architects at Seidel Planning prepared landscape plans to accompany a land use application in Newlin Township, Chester County. Plans were prepared to address screening of adjacent properties & roadways, minimize site disturbance, preserve wetland & floodplain buffers, and enhance the natural landscape with native vegetation.
  • 3/8/2021 - Use variances approved in Somers Point, NJ!
    Brian Seidel, NJPP, AICP provided land use planning testimony to obtain D3 conditional use variance approval for small-cell wireless telecommunications facilities in Atlantic County. The highlights of Mr. Seidel’s testimony included the intent of the land use regulations addressed by the applicant, and the existing zoning regulations did not contemplate the relatively new, discrete technology. 
  • 3/2/2021 - Land use approvals obtained in East Stroudsburg, PA!
    A telecommunications application received approval in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, PA. The application was accompanied by a land use assessment, a viewshed analysis, and graphic exhibits prepared by Seidel Planning & Design to obtain the approval. 
  • 2/22/2021 - Commercial development feasibility study in Exton!
    Seidel Planning & Design prepared multiple site design concepts to assess the potential commercial development of properties in West Whiteland Township, Chester County. Plans illustrated the limited opportunity to develop an individual parcel, and the expanded opportunity presented with the acquisition & consolidation of adjacent properties.  
  • 2/12/2021 - A model for residential communities!
    The designers at Seidel Planning & Design prepared digital models for residential communities in Chester County. The graphic exhibits illustrate the landscaping buffers, building styles, & building material options, and will support the required land development applications & marketing materials for the developer.
  • 1/15/2021 - Landscape plans for existing commercial center!
    Seidel Planning’s landscape architects prepared landscape plans to accompany land development plans for the redevelopment of a commercial center in Pittsgrove Township, Salem County, NJ. Brian Seidel, LLA, AICP previously provided land planning testimony to obtain variances required for the adaptive reuse & redevelopment of the under-utilized commercial center.
  • 1/14/2021 - Seidel Planning & Design reappointed as Upper Chichester Township’s Land Use Planner for 2021!
    The Upper Chichester Board of Commissioners reappointed Brian Seidel RLA, AICP as the first-class Township’s Land Use Planner at their first meeting of 2021.  The Seidel Planning team is excited to continue their support of the Township’s planning, redevelopment, & economic development efforts in Delaware County, PA.
  • 1/13/2021 - Landscape buffers discussed in Springfield Township!
    Seidel Planning’s landscape architects prepared landscape plans illustrating sight-lines, plantings, & topography of a proposed buffer for a commercial development application in Delaware County, PA. The graphics were reviewed with the surrounding property owners to obtain recommendations for screening methods & plant species. 
  • 1/7/2021 - Commercial landscape plans receive Township approval!
    The landscape architects at Seidel Planning prepared landscape plans to accompany the land development application & requested waivers for a multi-tenant commercial building in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County. The plan provided parking lot buffers, street trees, & replacement plantings to meet the intent of the Township’s zoning & land development regulations.

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