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Brentwood planning commission gets look at revamped zoning code

| Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

A public hearing is set for February on proposed updates to the zoning code in Brentwood.

Dan Santoro, vice president of Delta Development, presented the draft at the Dec. 20 Brentwood planning commission meeting.

“I would say it's a total rewrite or a start from scratch,” Santoro said.

Borough officials hired Delta Development to address zoning codes.

Highlights include a more extensive definitions list, housing and land requirements — including fences and parking — and specific changes to each zoning district to address any possible land use, Santoro said.

“You have to provide for every legitimate use,” Santoro said.

Changes include:

• An increase of R-1 districts and a decrease of R-2, to strengthen and preserve single-family neighborhoods.

• The elimination of R-4 zoning and the increase of R-3 from medium to high density.

• The revamping of many commercial districts, which will consolidate most of the overlays. Commercial districts will include requirements that address landscaping, design and setbacks.

• The elimination of a planned office and professional district.

• The C-2 district will be renamed to a mixed-use neighborhood, which increases flexibility for smaller businesses.

A public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., and opportunities for borough officials and residents to make comments on the proposed changes. Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on the document on March 19, Santoro said.

In addition, the planning commission approved to recommend the final plans for the first two phases of the Brentwood Park renovation, pending comments from Gateway Engineers.

Phases one and two of the project cost of $2.1 million and will include a six-lane 400-meter track and turf field for the stadium, a standard-size dek hockey rink, one tennis court, one basketball court and two additional baseball fields.

Also, conditional use and a site plan recommendation for a drive-thru at the Dunkin Donuts, which would be constructed on the former Arby's restaurant at 3200 Saw Mill Run Boulevard, will be continued next month.

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at lvanwert@tribweb.com.

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