Town of Bloomsburg, PA
Columbia County
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[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1202]
Whenever the public necessity, convenience, general good or good zoning practice require, the Town Council by ordinance may, after receipt of recommendation thereon from the Planning Commission and subject to procedures provided by law, amend, supplement, change or repeal the regulations, district boundaries or classifications of property, now or hereafter established by this Chapter or amendments thereof.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1202]
Requests for changes in the Zoning Ordinance may be made by owners of land in the Town or by their authorized agents.
A. 
Applications. All applications for amendments shall be made, in writing, by the owner or authorized agent, and shall be filed with the Zoning Officer on forms prescribed by him. Applications shall contain all information necessary to assure the fullest practicable presentation of facts for the record and shall contain the following:
(1) 
The applicant's name and address and that of his representative and the interest of every person represented in the application.
(2) 
The verification by at least one of the owners of property to be reclassified, if this be the nature of the request, attesting to the truth and correctness of facts and information presented with the application.
(3) 
A plan showing the extent of the area to be rezoned, if this be the nature of the request and showing the streets bounding and intersecting the area, the use and zone classification of abutting districts and the names and addresses of property owners of land within 200 feet of the area.
(4) 
A statement of the circumstances in the proposed district and the abutting districts and any other factors on which the applicant relies as reasons for supporting the proposed rezoning.
The Zoning Officer shall check the application to determine whether it conforms with the requirements listed above, and, if satisfactory, shall immediately submit it to the Planning Commission who shall follow the procedures enumerated in § 27-1205.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1203]
Amendments to the Zoning Chapter text or map may be initiated by the Planning Commission by motion recommending adoption according to procedures enumerated in § 27-1205, below and be submitted to the Town Council, who shall follow the procedures enumerated in § 27-1204, below.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1204]
The Town Council shall follow the procedures below for amending this Chapter:
A. 
Preparation of Amendments. The Council may request the Planning Commission to prepare amendments to this Chapter using the same procedure as set forth in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (Act 247 as amended) for the preparation of the Zoning Chapter itself, as described in § 27-1205, below.
B. 
Referral to the Planning Commission. In the case of an amendment other than that prepared by the Planning Commission, the Town Council shall submit each such amendment to the Planning Commission at least 30 days prior to the public hearing on such proposed amendment to provide the Planning Commission an opportunity to submit recommendations. However, the Council shall not be bound by the recommendations of the Planning Commission.
C. 
Public Hearing. After receiving requests for amending the Zoning Chapter and after receiving the recommendations of the Planning Commission, the Council shall hold a public hearing thereon and cause notice thereof to be given in the manner prescribed in § 27-1208, below.
D. 
Revision of Amendment. If, after the public hearing held upon the amendment, the proposed amendment is revised or further revised to include land previously not affected by it, the Town Council shall hold another public hearing in the manner prescribed in § 27-1208, below before proceeding to vote on the amendment.
E. 
Voting on Amendment. The Town Council shall consider the recommendations of the Planning Commission and testimony presented at the public hearing and then vote on the proposed amendment to the text or map of the Zoning Chapter.
F. 
Notice of Decision. The applicant and others so requesting shall receive notice of the decision of the Town Council through the Zoning Officer.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1205]
The Planning Commission shall follow the procedures set forth below for amending this Chapter:
A. 
Preparation of Amendments. At the request of the Council or on its own initiative the Planning Commission:
(1) 
Shall prepare the text and map of the proposed zoning amendments as well as make all necessary studies and surveys preliminary thereto.
(2) 
May hold a public hearing pursuant to public notice and hold additional public hearings upon such notice as it shall determine to be advisable.
(3) 
Shall present to the Town Council the proposed zoning amendment, together with recommendations and explanatory materials, upon the completion of its work.
B. 
Review Amendments. In the case of an amendment other than that prepared by the Planning Commission, the Commission shall review each such amendment submitted to it by the Town Council. It shall consider whether or not such proposed amendment would be, in the view of the Commission, consistent with and desirable in the furtherance of the Comprehensive Plan upon which the Zoning Chapter is based. The Commission shall submit its recommendations on the amendment to the Council prior to the public hearing scheduled by the Town Council.
C. 
Referral to the County Planning Commission. The Town Planning Commission shall also be responsible for submitting the proposed amendment to the Columbia County Planning Commission for its review and recommendations 30 days prior to the public hearing on the amendment by the Town Council.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1206]
1. 
A landowner who desires to challenge on substantive grounds the validity of this Chapter or Map or any provision thereof, which prohibits or restricts the use or development of land in which he has an interest may submit a curative amendment to the Town Council with a written request that his challenge and proposed amendment be heard and decided as provided for in § 27-1103.
2. 
The Council shall commence a public hearing thereon within 60 days of the request as provided in § 27-1103.
3. 
The curative amendment shall be referred to the Planning Commission as provided for in § 27-1204(B), above and notice of the public hearing thereon shall be given as provided for in §§ 27-1204 and 27-1208. The public hearing shall be conducted in accordance with §§ 27-1002(4), (5), (6), (7) and (8) through (8), except that all references therein to the Zoning Hearing Board shall, for the purpose of curative amendments, be referenced to the Council.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1207]
1. 
The Town Council, by formal action, may declare this Chapter or portions thereof substantially invalid and propose to prepare a curative amendment to overcome such invalidity. Within 30 days following such declaration and proposal the Council shall:
A. 
By resolution make specific findings setting forth the declared invalidity of this Chapter which may include:
(1) 
References to specific uses which are either not permitted in sufficient quantity.
(2) 
Reference to a class of use or uses which require revision.
(3) 
Reference to the entire Chapter which required revisions.
B. 
Begin to prepare and consider a curative amendment to this Chapter to correct the declared invalidity.
2. 
Within 180 days from the date of the declaration and proposal, the Council shall enact a curative amendment to, or reaffirm the validity of, this Chapter pursuant to the provisions required by § 27-1204, to cure the declared invalidity of this Chapter.
3. 
Upon the initiation of the procedures, as set forth in subsection (1), above, the Council shall not be required to entertain or consider any landowner's curative amendment filed under § 27-1206, nor shall the Zoning Hearing Board be required to give a report requested under §§ 27-1003(C) or 27-1004 subsequent to the declaration and proposal based upon the grounds identical to or substantially similar to those specified in the resolution required by subsection (1)(A). Upon completion of the procedures as set forth in subsections (1) and (2), above, no rights to a cure pursuant to the provisions of §§ 27-1206 and 27-1103 shall, from the date of the declaration and proposal, accrue to any landowner on the basis of the substantive invalidity of the unamended Zoning Chapter for which there has been a curative amendment pursuant to this Section.
4. 
The Town Council, having utilized the procedures as set forth in subsections (1) and (2), above, may not again utilize said procedure for thirty-six-month period following the date of the enactment of a curative amendment, or reaffirmation of the validity of this Chapter, pursuant to subsection (2); provided, however, if after the date of declaration and proposal there is a substantially new duty or obligation imposed upon the Town by virtue of a change in statute or by virtue of a Pennsylvania Appellate Court decision, the Council may utilize the provisions of this Section to prepare a curative amendment to this Chapter to fulfill said duty or obligation.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1208; as amended by Ord. 713, 7/10/1989, § 2]
Before voting on the enactment of an amendment the Town Council shall hold a public hearing thereon pursuant to public notice as follows:
A. 
Public notices of proposed zoning ordinances and amendments shall include either the full text thereof or a brief summary setting forth the principal provisions in reasonable detail and a reference to a place within the Town where copies of the proposed ordinance or amendment may be examined, in addition to the time and place of hearing.
B. 
A public notice of a proposed zoning ordinance or amendment shall be published once each week for two successive weeks, the first notice to appear not more than 30 days and the second notice not less than seven days before the date fixed for the hearing, in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town. In addition, if the proposed amendment involves a zoning map change, notice of said public hearing shall be conspicuously posted along the perimeter of the tract to be rezoned by an authorized employee of the Town at sufficient points numbering at least one per block frontage along the perimeter of said tract, at least one week prior to the date fixed for the hearing.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 1209]
After enactment, if the advertisement of a zoning ordinance or amendment is required by other laws respecting the advertisement of ordinances, such advertisement shall consist solely of a reference to the place or places within the Town where copies of such ordinance or amendment shall be obtainable for a charge not greater than the cost thereof and available for examination without charge. This Chapter and amendments may be incorporated into official ordinance books by reference with the same force and effect as if duly recorded therein.