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

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 jboyer@uatwp.org.  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

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

Chapter 220 Subdivision Land Development Ordinance and Chapter 245 Zoning Ordinance

The Township is amending 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.  The proposals are:

Chapter 220, Subdivision and Land Development.
Section 220-2.1:
(1) The definition of “building setback line is amended to read as follows:
Building Setback Line -- See "setback (building setback line)."
(2) The definition of “cellar” is amended to delete the word “(basement).”
(3) The definition of “improvements, public” is repealed.
(4) The definition of “landfill” is amended to read as follows:
Landfill -- See "sanitary facility, landfill or incinerator."
(5) The definition of “sanitary facility, landfill or incinerator” is added to read as
follows:
Landfill Facility, Landfill or Incinerator -- Land, structures and other appurtenances or improvements where municipal or residual waste disposal or processing is permitted or takes place or where hazardous waste is treated,
stored or disposed. The term includes land thereby used or affected during the lifetime of operations, including areas where solid waste management actually occurs, support facilities, offices, equipment sheds, air and water pollution
control and treatment systems, access roads, associated on-site or contiguous collection, transportation and storage facilities, closure and post-closure care and maintenance activities, contiguous borrow areas and other activities in
which the natural land surface has been disturbed or used as a result of or incidental to operation of the facility. A waste facility must meet the requirements of Title 25 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Code, Articles VII to Article
IX, and any state or federal act or laws, as applicable and amended, such as the Solid Waste Management Act, the Clean Streams Law, and all applicable federal regulation, such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 42
U.S.C. §§ 6901 to 6992 and 40 CFR Parts 260 to 279. A waste disposal or processing plant may include landfills, incinerators, impoundment, transfer facilities, composting facilities or resource recovery facilities, as defined in the Pennsylvania Code.

Section 220-6.8B(4)(c) is amended as indicated: “A permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), as required by Chapter 179, Title 28, Rules and Regulations, Mobile Home Park, 25 Pa. Code § 179.1 et seq.”

Chapter 245, Zoning.
Section § 245-1.8:
(1) The reference to “the Act of December 19, 1984 (P.L. 1140, No. 223), known as the "Oil and Gas Act" is deleted.
(2) The reference to “the Act of May 20, 1993 (P.L. 12, No. 6), known as the Nutrient Management Act" is revised to “the "Nutrient Management and Odor Management Act" (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 501 et seq.).


Section 245-2.1B:
(1) The definition of “building setback line is amended to read as follows: Building Setback Line -- See "setback (building setback line)."
(2) The definition of “cellar” is amended to delete the word “(basement).”
(3) The following definitions are added:
ELECTRONIC NOTICE – Notice given by a municipality through the internet of the time and place of a public hearing and the particular nature of the matter to be considered at the hearing.
MAILED NOTICE – Notice given by a municipality by first-class mail of the time and place of a public hearing and the particular nature of the matter to be considered at the hearing.
(4) The definition of “improvements, public” is repealed.
(5) The definition of “landfill” is revised to read as follows: See "sanitary facility, landfill or incinerator."
(6) The definition of “nonconforming lot” is amended to read as follows: See "lot, nonconforming."

Section 245-2.1C is added to read as follows: Definitions may also be provided elsewhere in this chapter where applicable for specific provisions.

Section 245-19.25E is added to read as follows: The penalties contained herein shall apply to the entire chapter unless otherwise specified.

In §§ 245-14.32I, 245-14.33J, 245-14.34D, and 245-16.3B(1) references to the “Nutrient Management Act” are updated to “Nutrient Management and Odor Management Act.”

Section 245-19.9C is amended as indicated: “…The term of office of the alternate shall be three five years….”

Former § 245-19.11A(2), regarding procedural validity challenges, is repealed.

Section 245-19.19B and D could be revised as indicated:
     B. Before voting on the enactment of an amendment, the governing body shall hold a public hearing thereon, pursuant to public notice, and pursuant to mailed notice and electronic notice to an owner of a tract or parcel of land located within a municipality or an owner of the mineral rights in a tract or parcel of land within the municipality who has made a timely request in accordance with section 109. In addition, if the proposed… .
     D. If, after any public hearing held upon an amendment, the proposed amendment is changed substantially, or is revised, to include land previously not affected by it, the governing body shall hold another public hearing, pursuant to public notice, mailed notice and electronic notice, before proceeding to vote on the amendment.

 

Review Status:

  • Planning Commission will review these amendments at their meeting on January 30, 2023.
  • Board of Commissioners: TBD
  • Public Hearing: TBD

 

First Posted: 01/24/23
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