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How many cars exactly do they expect if 400 guests are accommodated ?  ( does  the deck adds additional capacity - what is the total? )  The preliminary plans called for using the Church Parking Lot  for the dining hall. 1 space for every 3 seats was allowed and they used 209 seats for the calculation. That apparently did not count any deck or patio seating.   And without tables,  the seating doubles inside ( 448) .   Is the  occupancy rate calculated based on all these possibilities ?    
    On the current plan, the drive lane in to the dining hall has been increased to 14 feet in width, the overflow parking area has been plotted on the plan, the existing fire hydrant has been plotted as required ( Still to learn - what route provides the closest access to it? )  and the landscaping has been relocated to allow for better screening as requested.     The applicant has not increased to size of the driveway out to Fox Chase Road.   This apparently was not a requirement  (?) of preliminary plan approval - it was never added as a condition-- but perhaps it should have been, as it appears they  may not yet be in conformance with code. That is something still to understand . (a request for a separate egress to Fox Chase Road was made near the West side of the parking lot)  the Township could be the only ones who could insist on that from a standpoint of traffic safety issues as the Church seemed reluctant to comply because of the added cost.
    Was the parking requirement waived?  Is it to code? Notes from an earlier meeting indicate  the applicant would review the request for the 2nd driveway and address it at the time of final approval.  That is not an adequate time frame for residents to have input. They should be entitled to see those resolutions in advance. 

 

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