Codes and Zoning

You may click on the following links for various information:
   
   Third Party Building Permit Plan Reviewers/Inspectors and Fees
   Zoning Map **
   Zoning Ordinance with April 25, 2012 revisions **
   Ordinance 390: Zoning Ordinance Amendment (MU Zone)
   Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance **
   Ordinance No. 388 Stormwater Managment (effective July 31, 2015)**
   Guidelines for residential construction, decks and swimming pools
   Ordinance #394: Zoning Ordinance setbacks/amends section 204.3, 206.2(B) and 206.4

**Please be advised, the electronic versions of the Ordinances and Map available may not reflect the latest revisions or amendments. The Township's printed and published Ordinances and Map are the primary source and documents of issue for all purposes.

Zoning

The use of land within the Township must comply with a Zoning Ordinance, developed in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan. The Zoning Ordinance specifically identifies uses of land and the districts within which these uses are permitted. Zoning districts are geographically plotted, based upon municipal needs, on the official map of the Township. The Zoning Ordinance also contains provisions for variance of its specific terms and conditions based upon a hardship running with the land which has not been created by the property owner.
Zoning Variance applications are heard by the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board. This Board is a five member quasi-judicial body appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The Zoning Hearing Board also hears appeals and renders decisions on permit applications which have been denied by the Zoning and Codes Officer. Zoning Hearing Board Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month.
In its review of applications for zoning variance, the Zoning Hearing Board must determine if the literal enforcement of the ordinance will result in an undue hardship upon the property owner based upon the following criteria:
1. There are unique physical circumstances or conditions peculiar to the property.
2. Due to the physical circumstances or conditions there is no possibility that the property can be developed in strict conformance with the Zoning Ordinance.
3. The hardship has not been created by the property owner.
4. The variance, if approved, will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood.
5. The variance, if approved, will represent the minimum relief necessary to afford relief from the hardship.