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​LAND USE ORDINANCES AND COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING

 

Township Codified Ordinances  

Township Development Permit Ordinance

The Development Permit Ordinance specifies that a permit is required for any development within a municipality.  It also contains regulations to limit building in floodplains and to promote safer building in floodplains.

Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

"The subdivision and land development ordinance is the most commonly used development control mechanism in Pennsylvania. It is the most basic of land use regulations. Subdivision is the creation of new lots or property lines, while land development involves construction of buildings and improvements. Land is a valuable natural resource, and its division and development create a major portion of the physical surroundings and greatly define the character of communities and quality of life for citizens. The major purposes of subdivision and land development regulations are to provide adequate sites for development and public use, to maintain reasonable and acceptable design standards, and to coordinate public improvements with private development interests."
     Subdivision and Land Development in Pennsylvania, Planning Series #8, 6th Edition, February 2015

Township Zoning Ordinance

Zoning "is the means by which a municipality regulates the use of land and structures and the extent and character of development. Zoning is an ordinance designed to protect public health, safety, and welfare and to guide growth."
     Zoning, Planning Series #4, 10th Edition, April 2015
 

Township Zoning Map

 

Township Comprehensive Plan (uploads pending)
     Comprehensive Plan - 2000
     Comprehensive Plan Part 1, Region IV - 1972 (Huntingdon Borough & Oneida, Smithfield and Walker Townships)
     Comprehensive Plan Part 2, Region IV - 1972 (Huntingdon Borough & Oneida, Smithfield and Walker Townships)
"A comprehensive plan is more than just a document disclosing past and present land use trends with a proposed course of action. It is a process of organizing for the future. It creates a blueprint for our land use patterns of tomorrow." 
     The Comprehensive Plan in Pennsylvania, Planning Series #3, 7th Edition, August 2001

 

 

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