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Thursday, December 11, 2014

township news impacting subdivisions

For the time being, township residents' requests for subdivisions will be handled by Westmoreland County until the township creates its own subdivision regulations, he said. But residents will have to wait until the township passes a new zoning ordinance to proceed.
“All development stops until we get this recommended for approval by the planning commission to the supervisors and they start with the public comment period,” he said. “Once they do that, that's called an ordinance pending doctrine.”
Under the doctrine, the township can review applications based on the new ordinance.
Carcella said there will be no zoning hearing board meetings while the township goes through the process of revising the ordinance.
In other business, the board approved designating three categories for which Act 13 impact fee money, paid by oil and gas drillers, can be used: construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and repair of roads and bridges; emergency preparedness and public safety, including fire and police services, equipment acquisition and other services related to emergency preparedness; and local and regional planning initiatives.
The township has about $151,000 in its Act 13 account.

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