At last evening’s Carlisle Borough Council meeting our land development plans for the Spring Garden Campus received final unanimous approval! This completes the necessary approval process with the Borough, and gets us part way towards breaking ground for our new facility late this coming summer.
To their credit, the Borough conceded several points along the way as we in turn compromised to reach this point in the process. The Borough agreed to a 30-foot width for East Baltimore Street as opposed to the traditional 36-foot width, waived the requirement for street trees, and likewise agreed to our proposal to install sidewalk on only the south side of East Baltimore Street and its culdesac that we must build. They also agreed to our waiver request regarding the slope of our driveway as it meets the culdesac in terms of sight distance (which helps us minimize costly rock excavation) and approved our waiver request that these land development plans be considered both preliminary and final at the same time.
Several potential issues that concerned us from the beginning of our land development process were avoided in their entirety. These included a potential upgrade of the East Pomfret Street / South Spring Garden Street traffic signal; a potential sight distance issue to the south of the East Baltimore Street / South Spring Garden Street intersection; and possible storm water management improvements at this same intersection as it will receive an increased volume of water resulting from our building East Baltimore Street and its culdesac. The potential cost to the church of the above exceeded $250,000; thus we thank God that such issues have been avoided!
A final request we are making to the Borough is the waiving of a one-time “Recreation Fee”. This fee is based upon acreage, and in our case is estimated at $1,600. We believe the fee should be waived because we are doing no development whatsoever on the Borough portion of our property with the exception of building East Baltimore Street ON BEHALF OF the Borough.