This page provides information about upcoming amendments to various ordinances of the Township

Chapter 138 Fire Prevention and Protection

The following ordinance proposes to amend Chapter 138 to include provisions for private fire hydrants and outdoor wood-fired boilers.

Chapter 138-Draft Ordinance-Revised 05/23/23

A draft ordinance to amend certain sections within Chapter 138 was first discussed with the Board of Commissioners on May 3, 2023 and then again on May 17, 2023.  Discussion will continue on June 7, 2023.

First Posted: 04/19/23
Last Updated: 05/23/23

Chapter 155 Historic District Ordinance and Map

The Township recently hired Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers, Inc. to review the township’s four municipal historic districts to determine why the districts were established.  In doing so, the consultant provided their recommendation as to whether the current district boundary for each respective district should remain as is, be dissolved, or if its borders should be redrawn based on the criteria in which the district was established.  

The Reassessment Report prepared by Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineers, Inc. can be found here.  The Report recommends restructuring the district boundaries for the Shepherdstown Municipal Historic District.  A comparison map showing the existing and recommended boundary lines can be found here.

HARB provided recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.  They recommended Rosegarden, Trout Run, and Yellow Breeches Historic Districts remain as is.  They recommended the Shepherdstown Historic District be remapped as suggested by Navarro & Wright, but to include 239, 301, and 303 Gettysburg Pike in the district.  HARB’s recommendations were presented to the Board of Commissioners on November 16, 2022.   

Update: The Board of Commissioners discussed the different historic districts during their November 16, 2022 and December 21, 2022 meetings.  The Board of Commissioners has provided direction on how to proceed with amending the Shepherdstown Historic District boundary, and clarifying the Yellow Breeches Historic District boundary.  The Township will begin working on updates to Chapter 155, to include a new historic district map.  Information will continue to be posted to this page as it becomes available.  

If you live in the Shepherdstown or Yellow Breeches district and have information regarding the history of your home that you would like to share, please contact Jennifer Boyer at  The information could be used to assist with the creation of specific criteria for your district.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: At this time, no action has been taken to dissolve any of the districts nor remove any properties from the districts.  If your property is currently within one of the four official historic districts, then you are required to seek a Certificate of Appropriateness for most improvements to the exterior of your property.  This requires review by the HARB and the Board of Commissioners.  Please contact the Community Development Department if you are unsure as to whether your property is in one of our districts, or to discuss your next project idea!

First Posted: 10/05/22
Last Updated: 12/22/22

Chapter 214 Stormwater Management Ordinance and Ordinance 721 Illegal Discharge Ordinance

MS4 municipalities must adopt a Stormwater Management ordinance consistent with the DEP’s current 2022 Model Ordinance. The Township has recently worked with C.S. Davidson (CSD) to develop a new Template Ordinance that will replace our current Chapter 214 Stormwater Management Ordiannce. This new ordinance will incorporate DEP’s minimum standards for process and administration, while incorporating CSD’s best practices for analysis and design. There are opportunities to customize the ordinance to fit the Townships needs while mirroring the DEP Model Ordinance and maintain CSD’s recommended minimum requirements and best management practices.

With the changes being made to our Chapter 214 Stormwater Management Ordinance, the Townships Illegal Discharge Ordinance (Ordinance 721) will also need minor updates to be in line with our new Chapter 214 Ordinance. These minor changes include updated definitions and certain allowable / disallowed discharges. 

A copy of the updated Chapter 214 Stormwater Management Ordinance can be found here. A copy of the updated Illegal Discharge Ordinance (Ordinance 721) can also be found here

If you would like to provide comments on these ordinance updates, a public hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. at the Upper Allen Township Municipal Building, 100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055. The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners' meeting for Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 6:30 P.M.  will commence after the close of the public hearing. At such time as the regularly scheduled meeting, the Board of Commissioners shall consider for enactment and, if approved by formal action, adopt and enact the proposed ordinances. A copy of the Notice of Public Hearing can be found here

Update: During the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting on February 1st, 2023 at 6:30 PM, the Chapter 214 Stormwater Management Ordinance was repealed and replaced, and the Illegal Discharge Ordinance was amended as detailed above. Signed copies of the ordinances will be posted as soon as available.

Update: A signed copy of the Chapter 214 Stormwater Management Ordinance can be found here. A signed copy of the Illegal Discharge Ordinance can be found here

First Posted: 1/17/23
Last Updated: 2/27/23

Chapter 220 Subdivision Land Development Ordinance and Chapter 245 Zoning Ordinance

The Township is looking to amend certain sections of its codes and ordinances as part of a comprehensive update with General Code.  As such, there are several definitions and references within Chapters 220 and 245 that must be amended. 

Review Status:

  • Planning Commission: Recommended approval on 01/30/23.  
  • Public Hearing: 03/15/23 at 6:15 p.m.
  • Board of Commissioners:  After close of public hearing, Commissioners adopted Ordinance 823 during their regularly scheduled meeting on 03/15/23.  The adopted Ordinance # 823 can be found here: Ordinance 823.
First Posted: 01/24/23
Last Updated: 03/16/23

Chapter 245 Zoning Ordinance, Article X, Floodplain Regulations

The Township must amend its floodplain regulations and adopt a new floodplain map and floodplain study from FEMA by September 7, 2023.  For more information about the zoning amendments, floodplain regulations, and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), visit our Floodplain Management page. 

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