Borough of Old Forge, PA
Lackawanna County
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Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the meanings herein indicated:
A. 
Words in the singular include the plural, and those in the plural include the singular. Words in the masculine gender apply, as applicable, to persons of the feminine gender.
B. 
Words in the present tense include the future tense.
C. 
The word "shall" is always mandatory; the word "may" is permissive; and the word "should" means a suggested or preferred action.
D. 
The word "person" or "subdivider" or "developer" or "owner" includes a firm, association, organization, partnership, trust, company or corporation, as well as an individual.
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the meanings herein indicated. Undefined terms or words used herein shall have their ordinarily accepted meanings or such meanings as the context of this chapter may imply.
ACCELERATED EROSION
The removal of the surface of the land through the combined action of man's activities and the natural processes at a rate greater than would occur because of the natural process alone.
ACT 247
See the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.[1]
AGENT
Any person other than the subdivider who, acting for the subdivider, submits subdivision or land development plans for the purpose of obtaining approval thereof.
ALLEY or SERVICE DRIVE
A minor permanent serviceway providing secondary vehicular access to abutting lands.
APPLICANT
A landowner or developer, as hereinafter defined, who has filed an application for development, including his or her heirs, successors and assigns.
APPLICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
Every application, whether preliminary, tentative or final, required to be filed and approved prior to the start of construction or development, including but not limited to an application for a building permit, for the approval of a subdivision plat or plan or for the approval of a development plan.
APPOINTING AUTHORITY
The Borough Council of the Borough of Old Forge.
BLOCK
A tract of land bounded on one side by a street and the other sides (normally three) by streets, railroad rights-of-way, waterways, unsubdivided areas and other definite barriers.
BOROUGH COUNCIL
The governing body of the Borough of Old Forge.
BUILDING or STRUCTURE
Any structure, such as, but not limited to, those having a roof supported by columns, piers or walls, including tents, lunch wagons, mobile homes, trailers, dining cars, camp cars or other structures on wheels, or having other supports, and any unroofed platform, terrace or porch having a vertical face higher than three feet above the level of the ground over or upon which said structure is located.
BUILDING (SETBACK) LINE
A line established by Chapter 350, Zoning, or this chapter which defines the required minimum distance between any building and the adjacent public right-of-way.
CARTWAY
The portion of the street right-of-way, paved or unpaved, intended for vehicular use. The shoulder is not considered part of the cartway.
CLEAR SIGHT TRIANGLE
An area of unobstructed vision at street intersections defined by the center line of the streets and by a line of sight between points on their center lines at a given distance from the intersection of the center lines.
COMMISSION or PLANNING COMMISSION
The Planning Commission of the Borough of Old Forge, County of Lackawanna, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
COMMON OPEN SPACE
A parcel or parcels of land or an area of water, or a combination of land and the water within a development site, designed and intended for the use or enjoyment of residents of the development, not including streets, off-street parking areas and areas set aside for public facilities.
COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The allocation of land areas of the Borough to the several varieties of physical development, present and future, the same having been prepared in accordance with the principles of comprehensive planning or having been developed through the approval of subdivisions previously submitted, wherever such plan exists and has been officially adopted by the municipality and recorded by the Borough Secretary. Wherever the term "Master Plan" or "Comprehensive Plan" is used, it shall have the same meaning as the term "Comprehensive Development Plan."
A. 
An ownership arrangement, not a land use; therefore, it is allowed in any district and under the same restrictions as the land uses that it comprises. A condominium shall not negate lot or other requirements intended to provide adequate light, air and privacy.
B. 
Either a residential, commercial or industrial unit which has all of the following characteristics:
(1) 
The unit (the interior and associated exterior areas designated for private use in the development plan) is owned by the condominium owner.
(2) 
The unit may be part of any permitted land use.
(3) 
All or a portion of the exterior open space and any community interior spaces are owned and maintained in accordance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act, 68 Pa.C.S.A. § 3101 et seq., as amended, and in accordance with the provisions for open space, roads or other development features as specified in this chapter.[2]
CONTOUR MAP
A map showing the elevations of the ground in stated intervals.
COUNTY
The (or of the) County of Lackawanna, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION
The Lackawanna County Regional Planning Commission.
CUL-DE-SAC
A minor street having one end open to vehicular traffic and being permanently terminated by a vehicular turnaround.
A. 
An excavation.
B. 
The difference between a point on the original ground and a designated point of lower elevation of the final grade.
C. 
The material removed in an excavation.
DEAD-END STREET
A street or portion of a street with only one vehicular outlet but which has a temporary turnaround and which is designed to be continued when adjacent open land is subdivided.
DETENTION STRUCTURE
A vegetated pond, swale or other structure designed to drain completely after storing runoff only for a given storm event and release it at a predetermined rate. Also known as a "dry pond."
DEVELOPER (SUBDIVIDER)
Any landowner, agent of such landowner or tenant with the permission of such landowner who makes or causes to be made a subdivision of land or a land development.
DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The provisions for development, including a planned residential development, including but not limited to a plat of subdivision, all covenants relating to use, location and bulk of buildings and other structures, intensity of use or density of development, streets, ways and parking facilities, common open space and public facilities. The phrase "provisions of the development plan," when used in this chapter, shall mean the written and graphic materials referred to in this definition.
DOUBLE-FRONTAGE LOT
A parcel of land which extends from one street to another having a frontage on both streets.
DRAINAGE FACILITY
Any ditch, gutter, pipe, culvert, storm sewer or other structure designed, intended, constructed or used for the purpose of diverting surface waters from or carrying surface waters off streets, public rights-of-way, parks, recreational areas or any part of any subdivision or contiguous land areas.
DRAINAGE PLAN
A plan showing all proposed and existing facilities to collect and convey surface drainage, described by grades, contours and topography.
A. 
Land necessary and required for:
(1) 
The installation of stormwater sewers or drainage ditches.
(2) 
The preservation of the natural channel of a stream or watercourse.
(3) 
The safeguarding against flooding from a stream or watercourse.
B. 
Drainage rights-of-way may form easements.
DWELLING UNIT
Any structure or part thereof designed to be occupied as living quarters as a single housekeeping unit, including mobile homes, cottages or other such facilities, whether or not currently occupied or intended to be occupied on a permanent or temporary basis.
EASEMENT
A right-of-way through a parcel of land granted by the owner(s) for limited, generally public or quasi-public purposes.
ENERGY DISSIPATER
A device used to slow the velocity of stormwater particularly at points of concentrated discharge such as pipe outlets.
ENGINEER, BOROUGH
A registered engineer designated by the Borough to perform duties as required by this chapter on behalf of the Borough and the Borough Planning Commission.
ENGINEERING SPECIFICATIONS
Engineering criteria of the Borough of Old Forge and, absent such criteria, the applicable standards of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
ENGINEER, REGISTERED
An individual licensed and registered as a professional engineer by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
EROSION
The removal of soil and other surface materials by the action of natural elements.
A. 
Any act by which earth, sand, gravel, rock or any other material is placed, pushed, dumped, pulled, transported or moved to a new location above the natural surface of the ground or on top of the stripped surface and shall include the condition resulting therefrom.
B. 
The difference in elevation between a point on the original ground and a designated point of higher elevation on the final grade.
C. 
The material used to make a fill.
FLOOD
The temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas from the overflow of inland waters and/or the unusual and rapid accumulation of runoff of surface waters from any source.
FLOODPLAIN
The area adjacent to a watercourse or other water body which is periodically or likely to be flooded.
FREEBOARD
The difference between the design flow elevation in the emergency spillway and the top of the settled embankment.
A. 
The right-of-way width required for expansion of existing streets to accommodate anticipated future traffic loads.
B. 
A right-of-way established to provide future access to or through undeveloped land.
GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS
Those features, natural or man-made, inherent in the crust of the earth so as to cause landslides, soil slump, ground subsidence, rock failure, mud avalanche and similar undesirable conditions.
GOVERNING BODY
The Borough Council of the Borough of Old Forge, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
GRASSED WATERWAY
A natural or man-made drainageway of parabolic or trapezoidal cross section shaped to required dimensions and vegetated for safe disposal of runoff. (Also known as a "swale.")
HALF OR PARTIAL STREET
A street parallel and adjacent to a property line having a lesser right-of-way width than required for satisfactory improvement and use of the street.
HILLSIDE AREA
As referred to in this chapter, one having an average cross-slope of more than 10%.
HOLDING POND
A retention or detention pond.
HOUSE TRAILER
Same as "mobile home."
IMPERVIOUS SURFACES
Those that do not absorb rain or runoff. All buildings, parking areas, driveways, roads, sidewalks and any areas in concrete and asphalt shall be considered impervious surfaces within this definition. In addition, other areas determined by the Borough Engineer to be impervious within the meaning of this definition will also be classed as impervious surfaces.
IMPROVEMENTS
Any physical additions and/or changes to land, whether necessary or intended to enhance the usefulness and/or desirableness of a lot or lots or not.
A. 
Includes the following:
(1) 
The improvement of one lot or two or more contiguous lots, tracts or parcels of land for any purpose involving:
(a) 
A group of two or more residential or nonresidential buildings, whether proposed initially or cumulatively, or a single nonresidential building on a lot or lots regardless of the number of occupants or tenure; or
(b) 
The division or allocation of land or space, whether initially or cumulatively, between or among two or more existing or prospective occupants by means of or for the purpose of streets, common areas, leaseholds, condominiums, apartments, building groups, including malls, or other features.
(2) 
A subdivision of land.
(3) 
The development of a mobile home park.
B. 
For the purpose of this chapter, however, in further deciding what is "land development," the following types of transactions are exempt under this chapter:
(1) 
The conversion of an existing single-family detached dwelling or single-family semidetached dwelling into not more than two residential units, unless such units are intended to be a condominium.
(2) 
The addition of an accessory building on a lot or lots subordinate to an existing principal building, where the use of the principal building is residential and where the use of the proposed accessory building is also residential and no other use, and the floor area of the proposed accessory building is less than 50% of the floor area of the principal building.
(3) 
The addition or conversion of buildings or rides within the confines of an enterprise which would be considered an amusement park. This exclusion shall not apply to newly acquired acreage by an amusement park until initial plans for the new and/or expanded area have been approved by proper authorities.
LANDOWNER
The legal or beneficial owner or owners of land, including the holder of an option or contract to purchase (whether or not such option or contract is subject to any condition), a lessee, if he or she is authorized under the lease to exercise the rights of the landowner, or other person, partnership, corporation or association having a proprietary interest in land.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
A professional landscape architect licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
LOT
A designated parcel, tract or area of land established by a plat or otherwise as permitted by law, having frontage upon a public right-of-way or a right-of-way proposed for public dedication and to be used, developed or built upon as a unit.
LOT AREA
The area contained within the property line of a lot or the allocation of land, excluding space within any street right-of-way but including the area of any easement.
A. 
That boundary of a lot which is along an existing or proposed right-of-way and the lesser dimension of two lot boundaries along rights-of-way in the case of corner lots.
B. 
That boundary of a lot most distant from and most nearly parallel to the front lot line.
C. 
Any boundary of a lot not a front or rear lot line.
MEDIATION
A voluntary negotiating process in which parties in a dispute mutually select a neutral mediator to assist them in jointly exploring and settling their differences, culminating in a written agreement which the parties themselves create and consider acceptable.
MOBILE HOME
A transportable, single-family dwelling intended for permanent occupancy, contained in one unit or in two or more units designed to be joined into one integral unit capable of again being separated for repeated towing, which arrives at a site complete and ready for occupancy except for minor and incidental unpacking and assembly operations, and constructed so that it may be used without a permanent foundation.
MOBILE HOME LOT
A parcel of land in a mobile home park improved with the necessary utility connections and other appurtenances necessary for the erection thereon of a single mobile home.
MOBILE HOME PARK
A parcel or contiguous parcels of land under single ownership which have been so designated and improved that they contain two or more mobile home lots for the placement thereon of mobile homes.
MULTIFAMILY
A structure housing or designed to house three or more households of one or more persons or any group living facility.
MUNICIPAL or MUNICIPALITY
The (or of the) Borough of Old Forge, Pennsylvania. Where the text so indicates, the term "municipality" shall also refer to the totality of the combined actions of the Borough Planning Commission and the local governing body, the Borough Council of the Borough of Old Forge, as called for and outlined in this chapter, in reviewing and acting upon applications submitted or other actions taken by developers that fall under the purview of this chapter.
NOTICE or PUBLIC NOTICE
Notice of a public hearing published once each week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation serving the municipality. Such notice shall state the time and place of the hearing and the particular nature of the matter to be considered at the hearing. The first advertisement shall be not more than 30 days and the second shall not be less than seven days before the date of the hearing.
OFFICIAL MAP
A map officially adopted by ordinance of the Borough consisting of surveys of the exact locations of the lines of existing and proposed public streets, watercourses and public grounds, including widenings, narrowings, extensions, diminutions, openings or closings of the same for the whole of the Borough.
ON-SITE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
The control of runoff to allow water falling on a given site to be absorbed or retained on site to the extent that, after development, the peak rate of discharge leaving the site does not exceed the rate prior to development.
PEDESTRIAN WALK or INTERIOR WALK
A right-of-way or easement for pedestrian travel across or within a block.
PENNDEP
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
PENNDOT
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPALITIES PLANNING CODE
Adopted as Act 247 of 1968,[3] this Act enables municipalities to plan for and regulate community development with subdivision and land development ordinances. The code also contains guidelines for subdivision and land development ordinance content. For the purpose of this chapter, the code is referred to as "Act 247" and is intended to include the current code and any further amendments thereto.
PLANNED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
An area of land controlled by a landowner to be developed as a single entity for a number of dwelling units or combination of residential and nonresidential uses, the development plan for which does not correspond in lot size, bulk, type of dwelling or use, density or intensity, lot coverage and required open space to the regulations established in any one district created, from time to time, under the provisions of Chapter 350, Zoning.
PLANNING COMMISSION
The Old Forge Borough Planning Commission.
PLANNING CONSULTANT, BOROUGH
An urban planner certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), designated by the Borough to perform duties as required by this chapter on behalf of the Borough and the Borough Planning Commission.
PLAN OR PLAT RECORD
An exact copy of the approved final plat reproducible at standard size and prepared for necessary signatures and recording with the Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds.
PLAT
The map or plan of a subdivision or land development, whether preliminary or final. The terms "plat" and "plan" are used through this chapter interchangeably.
A. 
A complete and exact subdivision or land development plan prepared for recording as required by statute, including plans and support data, to define property rights, proposed streets and other improvements and which may include all or part of the area included in the approved preliminary plan for the area covered by the final plan.
B. 
A final plat.
PLAT OR PLAN, PRELIMINARY
A complete and exact subdivision or land development plan, including plans and support data, to define property rights, proposed streets and other improvements presented for purposes of securing preliminary approval of a subdivision or land development.
PLAT OR PLAN, SKETCH
An informal plan indicating existing features of a tract and the surrounding area and outlining the general layout of a proposed subdivision or land development presented for discussion purposes only and not to be presented for approval. For a major subdivision, the voluntary submission of a sketch plan by an applicant, no matter how detailed, is not considered to be the submission of the required preliminary plan.
PUBLIC
The general citizenry and/or the specific residents of a specific subdivision.
PUBLIC GROUNDS
Includes land owned by the Borough or other governmental agency. Uses of such land may include, but are not limited to:
A. 
Parks, playgrounds and other public areas.
B. 
Sites for schools, sewage treatment, refuse disposal, recycling and other publicly owned or operated facilities.
C. 
Publicly owned or operated scenic and historic sites.
PUBLIC HEARING
A formal meeting held pursuant to public notice by the Borough Council or the Planning Commission intended to inform and obtain public comment prior to taking action in accordance with this chapter.
PUBLIC MEETING
A forum held pursuant to notice under the Act of October 15, 1998, P.L. 729, No. 93 (65 Pa.C.S.A. § 701 et seq.), known as the "Sunshine Act."[4]
PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY
Water approved for drinking purposes and other public use by PennDEP, supplied through approved piping facilities to places of private and public use and being under the jurisdiction of one or more of the following: the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Borough of Old Forge, a municipal water authority or other approved water company.
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Any method, process or substance whose supply is rejuvenated through natural processes and, subject to those natural processes, remains relatively constant, including but not limited to biomass conversion, geothermal energy, solar and wind energy and hydroelectric energy, and excluding those sources of energy used in the fission and fusion processes.
RESUBDIVISION
Any subdivision or transfer of land, laid out on a plan, whether or not approved previously, which changes or proposes to change property lines and/or public rights-of-way not in strict accordance with the approved plan or the recorded plat.
RETENTION STRUCTURE
A pond, swale or other structure designed to contain a permanent pool of water, such as the runoff from a given storm event.
RIGHT-OF-WAY
The total width of any land reserved or dedicated for use as a street, alley, other means of travel or for any public purpose.
RUNOFF
The surface water discharge or rate of discharge of a given watershed after a fall of rain or snow that does not enter the soil but runs off the surface of the land.
SANITARY SEWER
A pipe for conveying sewage and which excludes stormwater, surface water and groundwater.
SEDIMENTATION
The process by which mineral or organic matter is accumulated or deposited by moving wind, water or gravity. Once this matter is deposited (or remains suspended in water), it is usually referred to as "sediment."
SEDIMENT BASIN
A temporary dam or barrier constructed across a waterway or at other suitable locations to intercept the runoff and to trap and retain the sediment.
SEWAGE FACILITY
Any sewer, sewage system, sewage treatment works or part thereof designed, intended, constructed or used for the collection, treatment or disposal of liquid waste, including industrial waste.
SHOULDER
The improved portion of a street immediately adjoining the travel way for parking and for access to abutting properties.
SIGHT DISTANCE
The length of street, measured along the center line, which is continuously visible from any point four and 1/2 feet above the center line to an object four inches above the road surface.
SITE IMPROVEMENTS
Physical additions or changes to the land that may be necessary to provide usable and desirable lots, including but not limited to utilities, streets, curbing, sidewalks, streetlights, sanitary sewers and stormwater facilities.
A. 
The face of an embankment or cut section.
B. 
Any ground whose surface makes an angle with the plane of the horizon.
C. 
Slopes are usually expressed as a ratio or percentage based upon vertical difference in feet per hundred feet of horizontal distance.
STABILIZATION
Natural or mechanical treatment of a mass of soil or ground area to increase or maintain its stability or otherwise improve its engineering properties and resistance to erosion.
STORAGE STRUCTURE
A retention or detention structure.
STORM SEWER
A pipe for conveying rainwater, surface water, condensate, cooling water and similar liquid waste, exclusive of sewage.
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
The control of runoff to allow water falling on a given site to be absorbed or retained on site to the extent that, after development, the peak rate of discharge leaving the site does not exceed the rate prior to development.
STREET
A strip of land, including the entire right-of-way, improved or unimproved, used or intended for use as a means of vehicular and pedestrian circulation, whether public or private. The word "street" includes a street, thoroughfare, avenue, boulevard, court, expressway, freeway, parkway, highway, road, lane, bikeway, pedestrianway, viaduct and alley.
A. 
Those serving large volumes (more than 3,000 average daily traffic) of comparatively high-speed traffic. These include facilities classified as arterial streets and highways (primary and secondary) by PennDOT.
B. 
Those which carry an average daily traffic volume of between 500 and 3,000 vehicles, primarily between local streets and the system of major traffic streets and highways.
C. 
Those intended primarily to serve local needs and to provide access to abutting properties. These include culs-de-sac and marginal access streets (neighborhood feeder streets) parallel to major traffic streets which provide means for local traffic to reach access points on such arterial streets as well as access to abutting properties. Local streets will have an average daily traffic count of fewer than 500 vehicles.
STREET, PRIVATE
A strip of private land providing access to abutting properties and not offered for dedication or accepted for municipal ownership and maintenance.
STRUCTURE
Any man-made object having an ascertainable stationary location on or in land or water, whether or not affixed to the land.
SUBDIVIDER
Any landowner, agent of such landowner or tenant with the permission of such landowner who makes or causes to be made a subdivision of land or a land development.
A. 
The division or redivision of a lot, tract or parcel of land by any means into two or more or more lots, tracts, parcels or other divisions of land, including changes in existing lot lines for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of lease, partition by the court for distribution to heirs or devisees, transfer of ownership or building or lot development; provided, however, that the subdivision by lease of land for agricultural purposes into parcels of more than 10 acres not involving any new street or easement of access or any residential dwelling shall be exempted. The term "subdivision" shall also mean the following:
(1) 
Any land development which involves installation of sanitary sewers, storm sewers, water mains, gas mains or pipes or other facilities.
(2) 
Any land development involving two or more principal structures or involving a shopping center, a multiple dwelling or the like which requires the installation of vehicular rights-of-way, streets and/or alleys, even though the vehicular rights-of-way, streets and/or alleys may not be dedicated to public use and the parcel may not be divided for purposes of conveyance, transfer or sale.
B. 
The term "subdivision" includes resubdivision and, as appropriate in this chapter, shall refer to the process of subdividing the land or to the land subdivided.
C. 
Exclusions. In further deciding what is a "subdivision," the following types of transactions shall be excluded, it being the intent of this definition that the following types of transactions are exemptions under the subdivision aspects of this chapter but are not exempt under the land development aspects of this chapter:
(1) 
Any sale or other transfer of bulk property, which, for the purposes of this chapter, shall be defined as any tract of two acres or more not involving any construction. The granting of a right-of-way for access shall not be deemed to involve any construction.
(2) 
Any division of property handed down by court action.
(3) 
The sale, exchange or other transfer of parcels between adjoining lot owners where it does not create additional building sites or lots or reduce existing lots to a lesser width or area than required by Borough ordinance.
SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED
Where, in the judgment of the Municipal Engineer, at least 90% (based on the cost of the required improvements for which financial security was posted) of those improvements required as a condition for final approval have been completed in accordance with the approved plan, so that the project will be able to be used, occupied or operated for its intended use.
SURVEYOR, REGISTERED
An individual licensed and registered as a professional land surveyor by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
SWALE
See "grassed waterway."
TRANSFERABLE DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS
The attaching of development rights to specified lands which are desired by the Borough to be kept undeveloped but permitting those rights to be transferred from those lands so that the development potential which they represent may occur on other lands within the Borough where more intensive development is deemed by the Borough to be appropriate.
UNDEVELOPED LAND
Land in parcels sufficiently large for future subdivision which is presently in agricultural use or woodland or other natural state.
UNIT SHOPPING CENTERS
Shopping and commercial developments designed as one unit having off-street parking facilities and controlled circulation.
WATERCOURSE
A permanent or intermittent stream, river, brook or creek or a channel or ditch for the collection and conveyance of water, whether natural or man-made.
WATER SURVEY
An inventory of the source, quantity, yield and use of groundwater and surface water resources within the Borough of Old Forge.
WAY or RIGHT-OF-WAY
A strip of land which has been dedicated legally for use by pedestrians and/or vehicles.
ZONING ORDINANCE
Any appropriate ordinance officially adopted by the Borough of Old Forge as a zoning ordinance, with any and all amendments thereto.[5]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[3]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[5]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 350, Zoning.
Definitions of all other terms, i.e., terms not defined herein, shall be as included within the latest edition of Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary. Any term not defined in § 305-7 or within the latest edition of Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary shall be determined by the municipality, taken from any other appropriate source. After the application of any such definitions, they shall become part of this article and may not be changed without amending this chapter.