Township of Marple, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Marple as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Code Enforcement — See Ch. 8.
Commercial Maintenance Code — See Ch. 114.
Housing — See Ch. 170.
Solid Wsate — See Ch. 252.
Trees — See Ch. 280.
[Adopted 7-12-1971 as Ch. 82 of the 1971 Code]

§ 214-1 Objectionable vegetation prohibited.

From and after the passage of this article, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation owning, renting or having a present interest in any real estate in the Township of Marple to permit grass, weeds, hedges, briars, straw or any other objectionable vegetation which is not edible by humans to grow, accumulate or remain on the premises owned, leased or occupied by him, it, them or any of them, in the Township of Marple. This article shall not be construed to prohibit vegetation planted for some useful or ornamental purposes, but shall apply wherein such vegetation, by being unkept or untrimmed, has lost its useful or ornamental purpose.

§ 214-2 Declaration of nuisance.

All such grass, weeds, hedges, briars, straw or any other objectionable vegetation, including vegetation planted for or intended to be used for ornamental purposes after the same have lost their ornamental or useful purposes by reason of having been unkept or untrimmed, are hereby declared to be nuisances and detrimental to the health and safety and comfort of the inhabitants of the Township.

§ 214-3 Removal of vegetation; notice.

[Amended 6-12-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-10]
All such grass, weeds, straw or other vegetation which reaches a height of 8 inches and hedges, briars or any other growth planted for or intended to be used for ornamental purposes, after the same have lost their ornamental or useful purposes by reason of having been unkept or untrimmed, shall be cut and removed by the owner, lessee or occupant within seven days' written notice to the owner or agent, if the address is known, or posting notice upon the premises. No more than one notice per growing season will be necessary or required for the Township of Marple to comply with this section.

§ 214-4 Storing or dumping near property lines prohibited.

[Amended 6-13-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-4; 10-10-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-10]
The storage, dumping or placing of tree limbs, yard waste, vegetable matter, building materials, construction equipment or similar materials within the front, side or rear yard setbacks of any property is prohibited. Any permitted storage of such material must be shielded from view of all neighboring properties and from the public way.

§ 214-5 Compost piles.

[Amended 11-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-21; amended 6-13-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-4]
Compost piles shall comply with the following regulations:
A. 
Piles must be shielded from view of all neighboring properties and from the public way.
B. 
Piles must be kept free from animal matter such as meat, oil and fat, unshredded vegetable garbage, offensive odors and rodents.
C. 
Piles and compost area shall only be located within the rear or side yard of a property.
D. 
Piles and compost area shall comply with the required setbacks for accessory structures within the applicable zoning district.
E. 
Piles must only be used from season to season to comply with this article.

§ 214-6 Guidelines for developed or undeveloped tracts.

[Added 4-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-4; amended 9-14-1987 by Ord. No. 87-18]
These regulations shall include developed or undeveloped tracts or plots of ground under the following guidelines:
A. 
Any premises, vacant or improved lots or open lots in a residential area shall be required to have grass, weeds and growth cut, being 75 feet from any residential property line, and kept at a height of eight inches or less.
B. 
For any part of such plot or tract of ground that abuts a public or private street or highway, that abutting area shall be subject to the regulations of this article and shall be maintained for a distance of 25 feet from the cartway line.
C. 
Any noxious weeds that are regulated by Pennsylvania state laws must be eradicated, regardless of any footage or height requirement.
D. 
These premises, vacant or improved lots or open lots shall be free of insects and pests that are considered hazardous by local, state and federal code.
E. 
Any grass, trees, hedges or other growth shall not obstruct any traffic signs or hinder proper lighting of any sidewalk or highway in the Township.
F. 
These regulations shall not apply to any parkland owned or operated by Marple Township.

§ 214-7 Violations and penalties.

[Added 4-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-4; amended 9-14-1987 by Ord. No. 87-18; 6-12-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-10]
The Code Enforcement Department shall notify the owner(s) of a violation. Removal or correction of the problem shall be within seven days of the notification of violation. Noxious weeds, upon the determination of the Code Enforcement Department, may require immediate removal. Any person, firm or corporation violating this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs by imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each day's failure to comply with any such provision shall constitute a separate violation.
[Adopted 9-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-12]

§ 214-8 Adoption of standards.

A certain document, three copies of which are on file with the Director of Code Enforcement of the Township of Marple, being marked and designated as the International Property Maintenance Code, 2006 edition, as published by the International Code Council, be and is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code of the Township of Marple in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures; by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use; and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use; and the demolition of such existing structures as herein provided; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said Property Maintenance Code on file with the Director of Code Enforcement of the Township of Marple are hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof as if fully set out in this article, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in § 214-9 of this article.

§ 214-9 Revision of standards.

The following sections are hereby revised:
Section 101.1, insert: Township of Marple.
Section 103.5, insert: Section 103.5 shall be deleted in its entirety.
Section 302.4, insert: Eight inches.
Section 304.14, insert: April 1 to November 1.
Section 602.3, insert: October 15 to May 15.
Section 602.4, insert: October 15 to May 15.

§ 214-10 Effect on prior provisions.

The provisions of the Commercial Maintenance Code, Chapter 114, and the Housing Code, Chapter 170, which are not inconsistent with this article and which are not provided for in this article are not repealed by this article and shall remain in full force and effect.

§ 214-11 Validity.

That if any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this article is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this article. The Board of Commissioners hereby declares that it would have passed this article, and each section, subsection, clause or phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses and phrases be declared unconstitutional.

§ 214-12 Savings clause.

Nothing in this article or in the Property Maintenance Code hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding impending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause or causes of action acquired or existing, under any act or ordinance hereby repealed as cited in § 214-10 of this article, nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this article.