Ferguson Township residents hoping for a satisfactory conclusion to the Cottages at State College issue will have to wait a while longer — possibly up to four months.
Expiration for submission of the plan has been pushed to Nov. 17, up from the previous deadline of Tuesday, which itself was pushed from two deadlines in August and September. Ferguson Township Assistant Manager David Pribulka said projects in the past have requested multiple extensions as well.
“For a project like this, of its size and magnitude, I don’t think it’s necessarily unusual,” Pribulka said.
Until a plan has been conditionally approved, a developer can submit as many extensions as needed, he said. Once action is taken on a plan, a developer is limited to three extensions, but the board can grant additional extensions if they believe it’s merited.
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It’s neither a staff nor a board function to deny or approve an extension, he said, the developer can simply file them.
Nov. 17 marks the third extension for Toll Brothers, but movement on the project is planned. According to Monday’s planning and zoning director’s report, the final planned residential development plan and revisions have been submitted to the township addressing all outstanding comments dating back to July.
A letter of 90-day extension should have been submitted along with the revisions, according to the report. Review requests have been sent to the Centre Region Planning Agency, the township solicitor, Centre County Planning, Scott Brown, David Yoxheimer, Ken Beldin and Dan Miller.
The PRD plans will be placed on the township planning commission agenda for Nov. 9 and the board of supervisors agenda on Nov. 16, the report said.
The plan for the Cottages at State College gained prominence in Ferguson Township earlier this year when residents raised concerns regarding surface runoff and the potential to contaminate nearby drinking water wellheads. Since then, several parties — from environmentalists to the State College Borough Water Authority — have weighed in on potential risks.