[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of White 4-26-1995 by Ord. No. 930. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide orderly assignment of street addresses to every inhabitable structure in White Township which does not currently have a valid municipal style street address in order to protect the safety and welfare of the general public by facilitating the location of individual dwellings and businesses by emergency response personnel.
White Township shall have the sole authority to verify, modify or assign new street addresses and to enforce the requirements of this chapter.
During the conduct of addressing operations White Township or its designated representatives shall have the right to enter upon, travel, measure and inspect all roadways and driveways to visit and record information about all inhabitable structures within the Township for the purposes of determining, assigning, and notifying the inhabitants thereof of such assigned addresses.
Requests for review of assigned addresses may be submitted to White Township. Each review request shall be in writing and addressed to the White Township Board of Supervisors.
Within 30 days of receipt of written notification, in accordance with this chapter, by White Township or its designated representatives, of the assignment of or change of a structure address number, the owner of said structure shall post the assigned structure address number in compliance with the requirements herein.
All address numbers shall be constructed of durable material with a color which shall contrast with the color scheme of the surface on which it is posted. The minimum size for all such posted address numbers shall be three inches in height. In every case the posted numbers shall be clear and readable from the street or roadway along which the structure is addressed.
The numbers shall be posted upon the structure within three feet of the main entrance thereto unless the structure is more than 75 feet from the road right-of-way or not visible from the roadway. In such cases, the address numbers shall be posted on the property within 10 feet of the road right-of-way line and within 15 feet of either side of the driveway to the structure; or on the mail box serving the property, provided the location of the mail box is in compliance with current postal regulations.
Following the posting of the assigned address numbers, as required herein, the owner shall maintain the posted address number at all times in compliance with this chapter. Posted address numbers, as viewed from the public roadway, shall not be obstructed from view by landscaping, shrubs, vegetation, screen doors, canopies, ornaments, or any other plant or structure.
When an owner or resident of any structure in White Township receives notification of a new or changed address, that owner or resident shall promptly provide all information requested by completing the questions on the notification; sign the appropriate place on the form to acknowledge receipt of the notification; and return the completed and signed return portion of the notification form to the address listed on the notification form.
No building permit will be issued for any new or remodeled building or structure in White Township until the owner or developer has been issued a street address.
One-hundred-block-style addressing. White Township shall have the sole authority to verify the validity of the addressing system in areas of the Township which are currently addressed with a one-hundred-block-style addressing system, and to determine which areas of the Township will use the one-hundered-block-style system. New structures in these areas of White Township will be assigned an address which complies with the existing valid system. White Township shall have the sole authority to modify or assign new street addresses in these areas.
Distance-based addressing system. White Township shall have the sole authority to determine which areas of the Township will use the distance-based addressing system. The distance-based addressing system is based on a calculated street address which uses:
The measured distance along the roadway from an intersection to the property to be addressed.
The orientation of the roadway in relation to the intersection of Philadelphia Street and 1st Street, and north along Martin Road, south along Wayne Avenue, east along East Pike and west along West Pike/Old Route 422.
The side of the roadway on which the property is situated.
Philadelphia Street and 1st Street in Indiana Borough are considered the baselines for the distance-based addressing system. The intersection of Philadelphia Street and 1st Street in Indiana Borough is considered the point of origin for these baselines. All assigned addresses on each roadway will start with the lowest assigned numerical address at that end of the roadway which is the closest to the point of origin of the baselines. In the case of dead-end roads the numbers will begin at the end of the road which intersects another named roadway.
The numbering of all roads which cross either of the baseline roads will begin at the baseline and progress upward away from the baseline. Such roads will then also be designated with an east, west, north, or south prefix. For those roads which cross more than two baselines, the directional prefix will be based solely upon the north-south baseline, 6th Street north to Marion Road and south to Wayne Avenue in Indiana Borough.
Individual addresses will be the product of the division of the measured distance along the roadway by the number 5.28 so that every address will reflect the mileage along the roadway. For example, an address of 1600 will be located 1.6 miles along the roadway. Numbers will be assigned with even numbers on the right side of the roadway, odd numbers on the left side of the roadway, as one would stand with their back towards the beginning point. All inhabitable structures will be addressed. Structures which are obviously facing a named road will be addressed with respect to that roadway. Addresses will be assigned based upon the measured distance to the front door of the structure. Buildings which are more than 75 feet from the roadway will be addressed based upon the measured distance to the center of the driveway to the structure.
No letter characters will be used in assigning new addresses except in the case of individual units situated within a multifamily structure. In such cases, the entire multifamily structure shall have an individual numeric address assigned in accordance with this chapter.
White Township shall have the sole authority to name all roadways within its boundaries.
Road names currently on file with White Township are hereby declared the official names of these roads, unless changed by action of White Township. White Township shall have the sole authority to determine the need for road name changes.
"Private roadways" shall be defined as roads not maintained by White Township or the state, owned by a private citizen, and with more than two inhabitable structures located on it. White Township shall have the authority to assign a temporary name to unnamed private roads. Property owners wishing to have a permanent name assigned to a private road may submit a written request to White Township for review and approval.