Title. An ordinance providing for the regulation and control of the subdivision of lots and the development of land; the approval of plans, plots or replots of land laid out in building lots; standards for the design of streets, lots, easements, blocks and other improvements; minimum improvements and construction standards on all streets and required dedications; the administration of this chapter and penalties for the violation of this chapter.
Short title. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Whitehall Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance of 1999."
Authority. The Township of Whitehall is empowered to regulate subdivisions and land development within the Township by virtue of the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
No subdivision of development of any lot, tract or parcel of land shall be made, and no street, sanitary sewer, water main, gas or electric transmission line (except those constructed by utilities regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission), or other improvements in connection therewith shall be laid out, constructed, opened or dedicated for public use or travel or for the common use of occupants of buildings abutting thereon, except in accordance with this chapter.
No lot in a proposed subdivision or land development may be sold, and no final permit to erect any building or structure upon land in a subdivision or land development may be issued, unless and until a final plan has been approved and recorded and either the Township has been assured by means of an improvements agreement acceptable to the Mayor and Township Solicitor that the improvements will subsequently be installed or the required improvements in connection therewith have been constructed.
[Amended 6-8-2009 by Ord. No. 2776, approved 11-3-2009]
This chapter shall apply to all subdivisions and land development applications filed after the effective date hereof and to all subdivisions and land developments which have received preliminary plan approval from the Board of Commissioners more than five years prior to the effective date of this chapter.
Purpose. It is the intent, purpose and scope of this chapter to:
Protect and promote the safety and health of the residents of the Township of Whitehall.
Assure the coordinated and thoughtful development of the community in accordance with the Township of Whitehall Comprehensive Plan.
Provide for the general welfare and convenience and assure governmental economies through the planned development of streets, utilities and public facilities.
Secure adequate sites for recreation, conservation, historic, scenic and other open spaces.
Facilitate the efficient movement of traffic.
Improve land records by establishing standards for surveys and plans.
The Whitehall Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance of 1971, and all amendments thereto are hereby repealed, except as to land development plans (as such term is defined hereinafter) which have been:
Officially submitted to the Township prior to the effective date of this chapter and are in good standing as of the date of the enactment of this chapter.
Land development plans which have been approved by the Board of Commissioners less than five years prior to the effective date of this chapter.
As may otherwise be required by law. This chapter does not repeal provisions of other laws or ordinances except those specifically set forth herein.