These regulations, rules and standards for planning, subdividing and developing land within the Borough of Old Forge, Pennsylvania, including procedures for the application and administration of this chapter and penalties for the violation thereof, shall be known, cited and referred to as the "Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance for the Borough of Old Forge."
The general purpose of this chapter shall be to guide and regulate the planning, subdividing and development of land in order to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, comfort, prosperity and general welfare of the residents of the Borough of Old Forge.
It is intended that the provisions of these regulations shall be applied to achieve the following objectives:
Orderly development of the land to obtain harmonious and stable neighborhoods.
Safe and convenient vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
Adequate and economical provisions for utilities and public services to conserve the public funds.
Ample public open spaces for schools and recreational and other public purposes.
Accurate surveying of land and preparing and recording of plats.
Discouraging of premature, uneconomical or scattered subdivision.
Maximizing the conservation of all forms of energy and the protection of the human and natural environment.
Stormwater management, by reducing stream erosion and maintaining natural stormwater runoff characteristics.
No subdivision or land development of any lot, tract or parcel of land located within the Borough of Old Forge shall be affected; no street, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water main, stormwater control facilities or other facilities in connection therewith shall be laid out, constructed, opened or dedicated for travel or public use; and no grading, grubbing or other site disturbance shall be undertaken until a subdivision or land development plan has been approved in the manner prescribed herein and recorded. Furthermore, no property shall be developed, no building shall be erected and no site improvements shall be completed except in strict accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
No lot in a subdivision may be sold or transferred; no permit to erect or alter any building upon land in a subdivision or land development may be issued; and no buildings may be erected in a subdivision or land development unless and until a final subdivision or land development plat has been approved and recorded and until construction of any required site improvements in connection therewith has been completed or guaranteed in the manner prescribed herein.
County review of applications under this chapter. Applications for subdivision and land development located within Old Forge Borough shall be forwarded, upon receipt by the municipality, to the Lackawanna County Regional Planning Commission for review and report. Furthermore, the municipality shall not approve such applications until the County Planning Commission report is received or until the expiration of 30 days from the date the application was forwarded to the county.
Fee for review by County Planning Commission. The Lackawanna County Regional Planning Commission's plan review fee, as determined by the County Planning Commission, will also be paid by the developer at the time of filing an application for approval of any subdivision or land development.