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BOROUGH BUILDING CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Due to COVID-19, the Borough Building is closed to the public and Churchill public meetings are being conducted via Zoom. The Borough administration is also operating on a remote status with limited days on site. Contact the Borough Manager, Alex Graziani, via e-mail at alex@churchillborough.com or by phone at 412-241-7113 EXT. 204 or 412-758-8818 with questions or concerns.

HILLWOOD DEVELOPMENT SEEKS TO REDEVELOP WESTINGHOUSE SITE  

In the fall of 2020, the Churchill Borough Council enacted Ordinance 755 amending the Zoning ordinance of Churchill (Chapter 304). This ordinance permits Distribution Centers as a “conditional use” in the C-1 Zoning district. Conditional uses are reserved for those land uses that will have a significant impact on the zoning district or the whole community, or for those uses that necessitate additional safeguards. The strenuous process of the Conditional Use permit and Land Development applications imposed on the applicant and property owner are in place to protect the health and safety of the community. If the applicant demonstrates satisfactory compliance with our codes and various other review agencies, then they will be granted approval with conditions and agreements in place seeking the fullest compliance with agreed to conditions. 

A potential buyer of the George Westinghouse Research and Technology Park, located at 1310 Beulah Road, which is located inside the C-1 Zoning District, has submitted both a Conditional Use Application and Land Development Plan for this site. The end-user has been named by Hillwood Development as Amazon.  

The application documents outline their specific plans for the site. The applicant’s, Hillwood Development, overall goal is to redevelop the site into a distribution center for their client. The project is referred to in the following documents and meetings as the Churchill Creek Project, LLC (“Churchill Creek”). 

NEXT MEETING DISCUSSING THE POTENTIAL REDEVELOPMENT:  

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Land Development Application – Link to join meeting here

Revised documents listed below will be referred to in the April 7th Meeting and can be reviewed here 

  • Site plan Drawings 
  • Erosion and sedimentation Control Pan 
  • Demolition Plan 
  • Pavement Plan 
  • Earth Grading Plan 
  • Storm Water Management Plan  
  • Utility Plan 
  • Lighting Plan 
  • Landscaping Plans 
  • Comment Response Letter from Applicant Air Quality & Noise 2021-03-16
  • Final Air Modeling Report 2021-03-23 
  • Parking Demand Memo 2021-03-16
  • Post Construction Storm Water Management Report 2021-03 
  • Sound Study 2021-03-16
  • Traffic Impact Study – 2021-03
  • Traffic Impact Study – Appendices 3-16-2021
  • Traffic Impact Study Response to Comments Cycle 6 2021-03-16
  • Traffic Impact Study Response to Comments Cycle 7 2021-03-16
  • Zoning Narrative for Conditional Use 2021-03-16 

 

PAST MEETINGS:  

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Land Development Application. – Meeting Agenda – Recording available here
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Land Development Application. – Recording available  here.– Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021: Churchill Borough Planning Commission Meeting Regarding the Churchill Creek Project, LLC’s Land Development Application. –  Recording available  here. – Posted Meeting Minutes
    • Documents related the January 6th meeting can be viewed using the links below or in person, by appointment at the Borough Building: 
  • Monday, November 2, 2020: Borough Council hearing on discretionary text amendment Hillwood Presentation. Hearing only, no vote. – Recording available  here. – Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Planning Commission meeting – Hillwood Presentation – Recording available  here. – Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Monday, September 14, 2020: Churchill Borough Council Workshop Meeting. The slide deck of the C-1 visioning presentation prepared by Jim Pashek and Pashek + MTR is available to view  here. – Recording available  here. – Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Monday, August 3, 2020: Churchill Borough Council Workshop Meeting – Hillwood PowerPoint Presentation (Slide Deck Only)– Posted Meeting Minutes 
  • Spring of 2020: The C-1 Visioning project hosted public meetings to discuss the potential uses within the C-1 District. Recordings of the public meetings can be found here and the final document can be found here
  • Monday, August 5, 2019: Churchill Public Hearing for Ordinance 750 (Meeting Minutes) and Workshop meeting (Meeting Minutesto adopt to remove warehousing distribution from the C-1 district of the Churchill Borough Zoning code and limiting it to the C-2 District.  

Final approval or denial of this proposal could occur as soon as June 2021. Comments are welcome. Please forward comments or questions to alex@churchillborough.com 

Public Announcements

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Recordings of Previous Borough Meetings

To view recordings of previous Borough Meetings (November 2020 – Present with select previous meetings), head to our YouTube Channel.

PRC 2021 Special Recycling Collection Schedule

Click here to view the 2021 PRC schedule of Hard to Recycle, Glass and Hazardous collection events in the Western Pennsylvania area.

Primary Election Day – Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Information regarding the upcoming primary elections provided by the Churchill Democratic Committee.

Notice of Ordinance for the Keeping of Chickens

An Ordinance will be considered and may be acted upon at the meeting of the Borough Council of the Borough of Churchill to be held on April 12, 2021, at 7:00 P.M. – Link to join meetingOpen letter to residents from the Borough Council Zoning Committee regarding the ordinance’s history and deliberation.

The ordinance is related to the keeping of backyard chickens for personal use and enjoyment, and the construction of the associated chicken coop and chicken run necessary for the keeping of backyard chickens, shall be an Accessory Use allowable by Permit in the R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-4 Zoning Districts of the Borough; establishes criteria for residents to obtain a Borough “Backyard Chicken Permit”; provides living standards for the keeping of chickens in a safe, sanitary, and humane manner; defines “chicken coop” and “chicken run” and establishes criteria for construction and maintenance of those structures; and establishes penalties for violations of the above-stated requirements.

Copies of the proposed zoning amendment may be examined without charge (or copies obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof to the Borough) at the Churchill Borough Office, 2300 William Penn Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15235, by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please contact the Borough Manager at (412) 241-7113 to make an appointment.

Shaffer School Site Redevelopment – Public Hearings

Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 7:00PM – CONTINUED FROM 3/22/2021 Meeting – A public hearing will be held before the Borough of Churchill Zoning Hearing Board via remote video/teleconference, to consider the following application for Applicant, TREK Development Group. Applicant is seeking a variance from Section 304-32.B of the Borough of Churchill Zoning Ordinance so that access to a proposed development consisting of 20 duplex units for senior housing (with accessory community center) at property located at 37 Garden TerracePittsburgh, PA 15221, Block and Lot Nos372-G-100 and 372-F-12 will be via Garden Terrace from the existing site driveway.  Alternatively, the Applicant requests an interpretation of Section 304-32.B that the intersection of Garden Terrace at Greensburg Pike provides “direct access” as required by that Section. – Link to join meeting

To Be Determined; Contingent on 4/13/2021 Zoning Hearing Board Meeting – The Borough Council of the Borough of Churchill will hold a public hearing via remote video/teleconference to consider an application for conditional use approval filed by the Applicant, Trek Development Group, for the property located at 37 Garden Terrace, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. The Applicant proposes to construct a multi-family dwelling development consisting of 20 duplex units for senior housing with accessory community center. – Link to join meeting

A copy of all applications and related materials may be examined without charge (or copies obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof to the Borough) at the Churchill Borough Office, 2300 William Penn Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15235, by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please contact the Borough Manager at (412) 241-7113 to make an appointment.

Spring 2021 Newsletter

View the latest Borough newsletter here.

Keystone Collections Group Serving the Borough of Churchill

Keystone Collections Group (KCG) has been appointed as the deputy tax collector under the current appointed tax collector and will be handling the day to day collection of Borough real estate taxes.

Tax payments can be made:

  • Online (ACH, Credit Card, Apple Pay/Google Pay)
  • In Person (Cash, Check, Money Order)
  • By Phone (Credit Card Only)
  • By Mail (Cash, Check, Money Order)

Payments made via credit card are subject to a 2.5% fee.

The closest office that is open to the public is located at:

260 Aster Street

Penn Hills, PA 15235

(Inside of Linton Middle School; Follow signs for Tax Office)

For hours of this location, more information on payment methods, or general questions, visit Keystone’s website at www.keystonecollects.com or by phone at (724) 978-0300. The Borough administration is also willing to help answer your questions during this transition and can be reached at (412) 241-7113.

Resources for COVID-19 Vaccination

To locate local COVID-19 vaccination sites, visit:

Both UPMC and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) are allowing individuals to register to be alerted when appointments available based on the current phase of vaccination:

For updates on the phases of COVID-19 vaccination, vaccination sites, and generally helpful information, visit:

Adopted 2021 Budget Available for Review

To view the Borough of Churchill adopted budget for the fiscal year 2021, visit the Borough Budget Documents page.

2021 Borough Real Estate Tax Collection Changes

The Real Estate Tax Millage Rate has been set at 8.00 Mills for the fiscal year 2021. This increase was approved by Borough Council to ensure necessary infrastructure projects required within the Borough can continue forward, while maintaining the financial health of the Borough. These projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Road Maintenance and Paving
  • Storm Sewer Maintenance and Repair

At the average Borough property value of $148,100, property owners should expect a $77.02 increase to their annual Borough tax obligation or a 52 cent increase for every $1,000 of assessed home value.

To learn more about Borough Real Estate Taxes, visit the Tax Collection page within our website. To learn more about how these funds will be used, see the 2021 Adopted Borough Budget.

Starting in 2021, real estate taxes will be collected by Keystone Collections Group (KCG). This will begin with the 2021 tax bills sent out in March. KCG will also be sending a welcome letter to all residents and taxpayers of the Borough introducing themselves and their services in addition to providing more specific information regarding collection. To learn more about their services, locations and payment methods, visit http://www.keystonecollects.com or call (724) 978-0300.

2021 Borough Sewer User Surcharge Changes as of March 1, 2021

The current Borough of Churchill Sewer Surcharge rate of $6.00/1,000 gallons will be assessed at $8.50/1,000  gallons of water used beginning March 1, 2021.Depending on your billing cycle, the increase may be reflected on WPJWA bills as early as March, but may not be fully reflected until April’s billing statement.

This increase was implemented to allow for the Borough to continue to maintain and make necessary repairs to the 23.78 miles of Borough owned sanitary sewer lines, comply with the necessary operation and maintenance required by the current PA DEP consent order, and retain emergency reserves for unforeseen repairs. This increase also protects the financial health of the Borough’s dedicated Sewage Fund.

The average resident using 4,000 gallons of water/month should expect an approximate $10.00 increase to their monthly WPJWA bill due to this change.

To better understand the Sewer User Surcharge, see the Tax Collection page within our website. To better understand the need for the increase, see the Final 2021 Borough Budget. To understand how to read your monthly WPJWA bill, visit the WPJWA’s Customer Bill Explained page.

Borough Commission and Board Openings

Churchill Borough is seeking local volunteers to serve on a variety of open positions throughout the Borough’s Boards and Commissions. These bodies serve as advisors to the Churchill Borough Council on their related matters. Members of these Boards and Commissions are appointed by the Borough Council and must be residents within the Borough.

CURRENTLY there is an opening on the Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB). The ZHB meets as needed on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. The ZHB is a quasi-judicial body that renders decisions on specific types of land use appeals and applications. Members of the zoning hearing board are appointed by Borough Council and the term of office for the three-member board is three years. The primary purpose of the zoning hearing board is to help assure fair and equitable application and administration of the zoning ordinance.

Those interested in volunteering on the Zoning Hearing Board or any boards or commissions should email a letter of interest and resume to Alex Graziani, Borough Manager at alex@churchillborough.com or call 412-758-8818 . Questions are welcomed.

2021 Waste Management Schedule

View the 2021 Waste Management Schedule here. This will be mailed to all residents here in the coming weeks from Waste Management.

Zoning Decision Coverage – Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh Business Times covering the Borough decision to amend the zoning in the C-1 district.

Preparing for Winter 2020-21

PennDOT Outlines Winter Preparation and Safety Tips for Public

C-1 Questionnaire Results

2020 Churchill C1 District Questionnaire Results

Churchill Borough Community Vision for the Future in Commercial Development

The Borough is conducting a project to create a community vision for commercial development. This initiative is a “next step” of Churchill’s 2018 Comprehensive Implementable Plan.

Planning consultants, Pashek+MTR assembled experts in various commercial development planning and visioning topics, providing the community with a lot of food for thought. The panel discussions were recorded and are available using these links:

April 29, 5:30-7 p.m. “Sense of Place”

https://youtu.be/wLNRXx-4R-w
*This video contains a recording of an oral statement from Reed Smith on behalf of NAI. A printed copy of that statement is on file at the Churchill Borough office and is available upon request.

April 29, 7:15-8:45 p.m. “Connectivity”

https://youtu.be/jkWgQfqRk7M

May 6, 5:30-7 p.m. “Resource Conservation”

https://youtu.be/YyxMMaTd5dk

May 6, 7:15-8:45 p.m. “Human Wellbeing”

https://youtu.be/MhocQB0o2ms

May 13, 5:30-7 p.m. “Design Forms”

https://youtu.be/f31u7kXsFcI

May 13, 7:15-8:45 p.m. “The Market”

https://youtu.be/QkU-0Kvc3jo
*This video contains a recording of an oral statement from Reed Smith on behalf of NAI. A printed copy of that statement is on file at the Churchill Borough office and is available upon request.

Green Space:  The Ever-Important Role

In urban and suburban areas, the importance of green space to health and the quality of life may or may not be obvious. The communities that the CAEC serves are generally considered suburban areas with public green space available to residents in varying degrees. This advisory has been prepared to describe the overall importance of green space throughout our communities including both public lands preserved as green space, e.g. parks and greenways, and private green spaces including what an individual can do to enhance green space at a residence through natural and “green” methods.

For more information download Green Space:  The Ever-Important Role.

Its Tree Time” presentation:

The “Its Tree Time” event was held at the Blackridge Civic Association on February 19, 2020.  The presentation was well received by more than 60 residents who attended the session.  The Tree Workshop – Blackridge GC – Churchill Tree Committee – 2-19-2020 Final is attached for your review.

Borough Tree Canopy Importance Elevated:

Please review the Borough Tree Canopy Importance Elevated  article attached and including the reporting of the spotted lanternfly by the Churchill Tree Committee.

Advisories and Construction Updates:

To help keep motorists informed as work progresses, PennDOT has created an email distribution list for I-376 Parkway East traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending email addresses to stcowan@pa.gov. Please write “Subscribe-Parkway East” in the subject line.

Also, motorist can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. 511PA is available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by call 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

SWIFTREACH Alerts

In an effort to provide more reliable communication to our residents and businesses within the borough, we have implemented the Swiftreach Networks, Inc. This system will enable us to launch alerts to your home or cell phone. It will be used to communicate Borough information only. If you would like to participate in this program, you can login into the Swiftreach Portal located at the right of this page. Also, if a resident gets new information pertaining to their email, phone number, etc., login onto the Swiftreach website to update your information or contact the Borough offices at office@churchillborough.com or 412-241-7113.