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Township of West Goshen, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Goshen 11-12-1974 by Ord. No. 3-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 3-12-1996 by Ord. No. 2-1996]
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all principal buildings and each tract, lot or parcel of land and to all streets within the Township of West Goshen.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACCESSORY BUILDING
A subordinate building, the use of which is customarily incidental to that of the principal building and is used for an accessory use and is located on the same lot.
PRINCIPAL BUILDING
Any building or structure erected on a tract, lot or parcel of land on which any use is carried out, except an accessory building.
STREET
Any street, avenue, boulevard, road, highway, freeway, parkway, lane, alley, viaduct and any other ways used or intended to be used by vehicular traffic or pedestrians, whether public or private.
[Added 3-12-1996 by Ord. No. 2-1996]
A. 
Street address numbers shall be assigned to each tract, lot or parcel of land, placed on file in the township office and assigned to the owners or occupants of such tract, lot or parcel of land by the Township Manager or by such other person as may be designated by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Then such property shall thereafter be designated for all purposes by the number assigned, and, thereafter, all persons shall take due notice thereof and comply with the provisions of this chapter, when applicable.
B. 
The Township Manager or such other person as may be designated shall have the power and duty of correcting any errors with respect to assignment of street address numbers, as and when such errors are discovered. The Board of Supervisors shall have the right and power to change a street address number or numbers assigned to any property whenever it may deem such a change necessary and desirable and to require the owner or occupant thereof to comply with the provisions of this chapter with respect to such change.
The owner or occupant of each tract, lot or parcel of land to which no street address number has been previously assigned shall, upon purchase, acquisition or occupancy thereof or within seven days of discovery that no such number has been assigned, make application to the Township Manager or his designated agent for assignment of such number, and, thereupon, the Township Manager shall assign a correct street address number to the property.
The Township Manager shall be responsible for assigning proper street address number sequences to each lot which is created as the result of a subdivision or resubdivision. Said number shall be in proper municipal sequence in relation to the numbers assigned to other lots fronting on the same street and shall be properly recorded on the subdivision plan and the township file.
[Added 3-12-1996 by Ord. No. 2-1996]
Signs designating the name of each street within West Goshen Township and complying with the requirements of this chapter shall be required from and after the effective date of this section. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all streets existing on the effective date of this section and to all streets laid out and constructed after the effective date of this section.
A. 
Street address numbers. In order to comply with this chapter, street address numbers shall be Arabic in design, shall have a minimum height of three inches and shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the principal building's front wall or to a porch or other fixed appurtenance in front of the principal building in the general vicinity of the main entryway or main path of travel which leads to the main entrance from a public street, or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face or wall or upon a post or mailbox in the front yard of the premises. Auxiliary numbers shall be mounted at a height between four feet and 10 feet upon the adjacent grade or exterior landing beneath, but never higher than 15 feet above, the adjoining grade. They shall be sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size and uniformity of integers so that the numbers may be read with ease during daylight hours by a person possessing normal vision if he views the numbers from the center line of the facing street. The numbers shall be so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the center of the street to any appreciable degree.
B. 
Street signs. Street name signs shall be installed at the intersection of each street with another street, whether public or private, and shall at a minimum comply with the following specifications:
[Added 3-12-1996 by Ord. No. 2-1996]
(1) 
The sign shall be made of extruded aluminum, green in color, with six-inch reflectorized white letters, shall measure a minimum of 24 inches in length and shall be equipped with vandalproof mounting hardware.
[Amended 8-26-1998 by Ord. No. 12-1998]
(2) 
The post on which the sign shall be mounted shall be galvanized steel, measuring 2 1/2 inches in outside diameter and shall be a minimum of 10 feet in length.
(3) 
The sign shall be installed at least six feet from the edge of the cartway surface of the street where no curb exists and, on streets provided with curbing, at least two feet back from the rear edge of the curb.
(4) 
The sign shall be connected to the top of the post and shall have an installed minimum height of seven feet measured from the road surface.
[Amended 8-26-1998 by Ord. No. 12-1998]
[Amended 3-12-1996 by Ord. No. 2-1996]
A. 
The absence of street numbers or the insecure fastening or absence of any integers thereof or the use of any street address number not assigned by the Township Manager or the failure of a street address number to meet the elevation or visibility requirements of this chapter or the failure to erect a required street sign or the erection or maintenance a street sign that does not comply with the specifications of this chapter shall be violations of this chapter. Upon discovery of such violation, a notice of violation shall be sent by certified mail to the property owner or occupant or shall be served personally on the property owner or occupant or his agent or shall be posted in a prominent place upon the property by the Township Manager, his agent or the township police. Such notice shall specify the specific provision of the chapter violated and shall require compliance with the provisions of this chapter within 15 days from the date of service or posting of the notice of violation.
B. 
Any person who fails to display upon his/her property the assigned street address or who fails to comply with the specification requirements of § 54-6 or who shall fail to comply with the notice of violation specified in Subsection A of this § 54-7 or who violates or permits the violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the township before a District Justice, pay a fine for each such violation in an amount not less than $100 and not more than $600 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the township. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of a violation by the District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable rules of civil procedure.
[Amended 6-23-1992 by Ord. No. 9-1992; 3-12-1996 by Ord. No. 2-1996; 7-24-1996 by Ord. No. 7-1996]
C. 
Every violator of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day such violation shall continue and shall be subject to the penalty imposed by this section for each and every such offense.
The final authority for determining and assigning the street number or numbers to be used upon any particular property, as well as the enforcement of this chapter, shall be in the office of the Township Manager, his agent or such other person as provided for in § 54-3 of this chapter.