Township of Whitehall, PA
Lehigh County
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A. 
Submission. The sketch plan is designed to offer the developer an opportunity to informally discuss the developer's plans for a proposed land development with the Planning Commission and Township Engineer. The sketch plan will be reviewed for general scope and layout. A developer seeking a sketch plan review shall comply with the submission requirements set forth in Subsection B set forth herein below.
B. 
Submission requirements. A sketch plan submission shall consist of the following:
(1) 
Application form. One copy of application for plan review. (Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Planning, Zoning and Development.)
(2) 
Drafting requirements. A sketch plan shall be drafted in accordance with § 22-16A et seq. of this chapter.
(3) 
Fees. Payment of those fees as required by the Township fee schedule.
(4) 
Plans. Seventeen clear and legible folded paper prints of the sketch plan and 11 copies of all support documents.
C. 
Bureau of development action.
(1) 
The Bureau of Development shall, after receiving the required number of copies of a sketch plan:
(a) 
Transmit one print of the plan and one copy of all supporting documents to the Township Engineer for review and comment.
(b) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the Township Zoning Officer for review and comment.
(c) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for review and comments, if necessary.
(d) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the Lehigh Valley planning Commission for review and comments. Any and all fees paid to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission shall be paid directly by the developer to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
(2) 
The Bureau of Development shall refer the sketch plan, the supporting documents, and any review comments of the reviewing bodies to the Planning Commission and shall place the sketch plan review on the agenda of the next available scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission.
(3) 
The Bureau of Development shall notify the developer of the scheduled Planning Commissioner meeting and the need for the developer to be represented at said meeting in order to present the sketch plan to the Planning Commissioner and to discuss the plan with the Planning Commission.
A. 
Submission. The preliminary plan is required and shall be prepared for the entire tract on which the subdivision or development is located. The developer shall submit the required number of prints of the preliminary plan and all required supporting documents, as specified in Subsection B, to the Bureau of Development.
B. 
Submission requirements. A preliminary plan submission shall consist of the following:
(1) 
Application form. One completed, signed copy of the application for preliminary plan review. (Application forms may be obtained from the Bureau of Development.)
(2) 
Drafting requirements. A preliminary plan shall be drafted in accordance with § 22-17A of this chapter.
(3) 
Fees. Payment of those fees as required by the Township fee schedule, as amended from time to time.
(4) 
IRS form. A completed, signed copy of IRS W-9 form. No application shall be deemed complete or shall be accepted without this form.
(5) 
Plans. Seventeen clear and legible folded prints of the preliminary plan and 11 copies of the supporting documents. Additional copies of supporting documents shall be furnished by the developer upon request therefor.
C. 
Bureau of Development action.
(1) 
The Bureau of Development shall not accept an application for preliminary plan review unless and until all required materials and fees required by Subsection B have been submitted.
(2) 
Subsequent to receiving all materials and fees required by Subsection B above, the Bureau of Development shall:
(a) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the district office of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for its review and comment but only if the proposed subdivision abuts or is traversed by a state highway or affects the stormwater drainage of a state highway.
(b) 
Transmit one print of the plan to each municipality in which the land development is located and to each municipality which is adjacent to the location of the land development for review and comment.
(c) 
Transmit one print of the plan and one copy of all supporting documents to the Township Engineer for review and comment.
(d) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the Township Zoning Officer for review and comment.
(e) 
Transmit one print of the plan and one copy of all appropriate supporting documents to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for review and comment, if necessary.
(f) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the various Township departments and applicable agencies.
(g) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission for review and comments. Any and all fees paid to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission shall be paid directly by the developer to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
(3) 
The Bureau of Development shall refer the preliminary plan, the supporting documents, and any comments of the reviewing bodies to the Planning Commission and shall place the preliminary plan approval request on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commissioner provided that at least 21 calendar days shall have elapsed between the date the filing of the complete application for preliminary plan review.
(4) 
The Bureau of Development shall notify the developer of the scheduled Planning Commission meeting and the need for the developer to be represented at said meeting in order to formally present the developer's preliminary plan to the Planning Commission and to answer any questions raised by Commission members.
(5) 
Planning Commission action. Within 60 days of the land development plan filing date, the Planning Commission shall review the preliminary plan and shall report on said plan, in writing, to the Board of Commissioners, and to the developer, recommending approval, conditional approval, or disapproval thereof to the Board of Commissioners, and specifying the section of this chapter applicable in the event of conditional approval or disapproval. Failure of the Planning Commission to act within said 60 days shall be deemed to be a favorable recommendation of the preliminary plan to the Board of Commissioners.
(6) 
No review period for a preliminary plan shall exceed the time period as indicated in § 508 of the MPC. An extension of time may be granted by the Township upon written request therefor by the developer.
(7) 
Board of Commissioners action. The Board of Commissioners shall review the recommendations of the planning commission; shall act on the preliminary plan, stating its approval, conditional approval or disapproval, giving reasons for each and shall convey its decision to the developer in writing pursuant to § 22-12 hereof.
A. 
Submission. Submission of a final plan is required for all subdivisions and land developments and shall be prepared for the entire subdivision or land development or, in the case where staging or phasing of development is planned, the final plan may be prepared for the initial stage of development or for subsequent stages of development provided that such stages of development have been approved by the Board of Commissioners as part of the preliminary plan.
B. 
Submission time period. Provided extensions of time are requested by the developer and approved by the Board of Commissioners, final plans shall be submitted for approval within 12 months of the date of a preliminary plan has been approved by the Board of Commissioners. No final plan can be accepted which has exceeded this time period. Plans submitted for which preliminary plan approval was given more than 12 months prior to the date of the submission of a final plan and for which no time extension has been granted shall be considered by the Planning Commission as a new preliminary plan.
C. 
Submission requirements. Final plan submission of a subdivision or land development shall comprise the following:
(1) 
Additional data. Additional information requested by the Township Engineer or Planning Commission during the preliminary plan review process shall be submitted with the final plan.
(2) 
Application form. If necessary, the original application for development shall be updated and signed by the developer at the time the final plan is submitted.
(3) 
Descriptions. Legal descriptions of all right-of-ways, easements and dedications.
(4) 
Drafting requirements. The final plan shall conform to the drafting requirements as specified in § 22-18A et seq. hereof. In addition, the final plan shall be prepared with a 2 1/2 inch margin, for binding, on the left side. All other margins shall be one inch outside ruled border lines.
(5) 
Plans. Seventeen clear and legible folded prints of the final plan to the Bureau of Development, and 11 copies of any support documents.
(6) 
Street data. Sufficient data to readily determine the location, bearing, and length of every street, lot and boundary line and to reproduce such lines upon the ground, including a survey tie-in to the three nearest established street monuments.
D. 
Bureau of Development action.
(1) 
The Bureau of Development shall not accept an application for a final plan review unless and until all required materials and fees required by Subsection C have been submitted.
(2) 
Subsequent to receiving all materials and fees required by Subsection C above, the Bureau of Development shall:
(a) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the district office of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for its review and comments if the proposed subdivision abuts or is traversed by a state highway or affects the stormwater drainage of a state highway.
(b) 
Transmit one print of the plan to each municipality in which the land development is located and to each municipality which is adjacent to the location of the land development for review and comment.
(c) 
Transmit one print of the plan and one copy of all supporting documents to the Township Engineer for review and comment.
(d) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the Township Zoning Officer for review and comment.
(e) 
Transmit one print of the plan and one copy of all appropriate supporting documents to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for review and comment, if necessary.
(f) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the various Township departments and applicable agencies for review and comment.
(g) 
Transmit one print of the plan to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission for review and comments. Any and all fees paid to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commissioner shall be paid directly by the developer to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
(3) 
The Bureau of Development shall refer the final plan, the supporting documents, and any comments of the reviewing bodies to the Planning Commission and shall place the final plan approval request on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission provided that at least 21 calendar days shall have elapsed between the date the land development plan filing date was issued and the scheduled date of the meeting.
(4) 
The Bureau of Development shall notify the developer of the scheduled Planning Commission meeting and the need for said developer to be represented at said meeting in order to formally present the developer's plans to the Planning Commission and to answer any questions raised by Commission.
E. 
Planning Commission action. The Planning Commission shall review the final plan and shall report on the plan, in writing, to the Board of Commissioners, and to the developer, recommending approval, conditional approval, or disapproval and specifying the section or sections of this chapter applicable in the event of conditional approval or disapproval. Failure by the Planning Commission to act within 60 days shall be deemed a favorable recommendation of the final plan by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission shall endorse the approved final plan on the signature blocks provided. The Planning Commission signature block shall read as follows:
ON _____________________ THE PLANNING COMMISSION OF WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP VOTED TO RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS THAT THE WRITTEN FINAL SUBDIVISION PLAN BE APPROVED
   CHAIRMAN
F. 
Board of Commissioners action. The Board of Commissioners shall review the recommendations of the Planning Commission, shall act on the final plan, stating its approval, conditional approval or disapproval, giving reasons for each and shall convey its decision to the developer in accordance with § 22-12 hereof. The Board of Commissioners shall endorse the approved final plan on the signature blocks provided. The Board of Commissioner signature block shall read as follows:
[Amended 6-8-2009 by Ord. No. 2776, approved 11-3-2009]
ON ________________ THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. _____ TO APPROVE THE WITHIN FINAL LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN
  TOWNSHIP SECRETARY
   PRESIDENT
   MAYOR
G. 
Recording approved plan. The approved final plan, bearing the signature of the developer and the developer's registered professional consultant, the Planning Commission, the Board of Commissioners, and the LVPC shall be filed by the developer in the office of the Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds within 90 days of the date of approval by the Board of Commissioners.
(1) 
Once recorded, the developer shall submit to the Bureau of Development:
(a) 
A receipt indicating that the final plan has been property recorded.
(b) 
One permanent mylar and three clear and legible white paper prints of the final plan as recorded.
(2) 
Building permits shall not be issued for the land development until the receipt from the Office of the Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds has been submitted to the Bureau of Development, improvements and maintenance agreements have been signed and insurance certificates, improvements security and inspection security have been posted.