Planning & Zoning
The Borough also retains a part-time Zoning Officer to regulate the use of land and enforce the Zoning Ordinance. The Borough is undertaking a major comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance revision. The Zoning Officer, Albert Rohrbach is responsible for the review of all building applications to verify whether a Zoning permit is required. Mr. Rohrbach is also responsible for planning and advertising meetings of the Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board.
The Planning Commission is a body comprised of seven appointed residents that serve a definite term of office. Appointed by Borough Council, the Planning Commission is responsible for reviewing land development plans and other Zoning Appeals. The Commission also prepares the Borough Comprehensive Plan, makes recommendations to Council concerning the adoption of the official map of the Borough. The Borough does not have much open land to subdivide and develop and the Commission on few occasions reviews subdivisions of existing lots in two or more lots. Primarily the Commission spends much of the review on special use permits and making recommendations to the Zoning Hearing Board.
Zoning and Hearing Board
The Zoning Hearing Board is established pursuant to the Municipal Planning Code. Comprised of five members appointed by Borough Council, the Board meets as needed to hear appeals filed by property owners concerning Special Exception uses and Variances, and appeals from decisions of the Zoning Officer, as provided for in the Zoning Ordinance. (See Code of Ordinance, Chapter 27, Zoning, Part 7). If meetings are warranted, The Board holds them on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m unless otherwise noted.