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Because legally we can’t. Property owners decide if and when to sell, develop or renovate their properties, although changes must meet applicable regulations.
No, there are limits. While the Township can’t prohibit a property owner from developing their property, we can regulate how the property is developed. The property owner will not receive permission to construct until they demonstrate that the development will comply with all applicable regulations.
The Township has zoning and development regulations that specify
The regulations also list information that developers must submit to demonstrate compliance.
Township staff and consultants review and comment on proposed plans.The reviews are provided to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to inform their discussions with developers about the proposed plans at public meetings. Areas of review include:
Yes, for commercial development or redevelopment or plans for new residential developments that must receive land development approval from the Board of Supervisors before building permits can be issued or construction can start. Those plans are discussed at the Planning Commission’s and Board of Supervisors’ public meetings at the Township Building. Their meeting schedules for the year are on the website. On the Friday before each of their meetings, the agenda and meeting packet also is posted on the website.
Neighboring property owners are mailed a notice before the first public meeting when a proposed plan is on a Planning Commission agenda. Residents can receive notifications about subsequent meetings for developments they are interested in by emailing the Township at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction of or renovations to a single-family home only requires building permits, not public land development review, and therefore there is not an accompanying public input process.
For any type of construction project, if the project does not comply with all zoning regulations, the property owner can seek a variance from the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board to permit the requested regulatory relief. Neighboring property owners are mailed a notice prior to the first public meeting when a project is on the Zoning Hearing Board agenda.