This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Easttown Township Zoning Ordinance."
Purposes. This chapter is enacted under and pursuant to the Municipalities Planning Code to promote, protect, and facilitate the general health, safety and welfare through:
Coordinated and practical community development.
Provision for appropriate population densities, a diversity of housing types, and prevention of overcrowding of land.
Provisions for adequate light, air, open space and recreation.
Provision for adequate parking and loading.
Provision for safe and efficient travel by vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
Provision of appropriate water and sewer facilities and capacity.
Provision for the protection and preservation of natural resources.
Provision for schools, public grounds, and other public improvements.
Protection against loss of health, life, or property from fire, flood, or other dangers.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
Community development objectives. This chapter is enacted to implement the spirit and intent of the Easttown Township Comprehensive Plan (2001) and the Open Space, Recreation, and Environmental Resources Plan (1993). The statement of goals from the 2001 Easttown Township Comprehensive Plan are as follows:
Provide for the maintenance of the Township streetscapes and public spaces.
Provide for open space and recreation facilities that meet the needs of Township residents.
Balance development with environmental protection.
Preserve and protect existing open space and natural landscapes and explore ways to obtain additional open space.
Encourage and maintain a range of housing opportunities.
Provide and maintain a high quality, safe and efficient transportation network; provide for the movement of people and goods throughout the Township that avoids further segmenting of the community.
Maintain and enhance the physical character and integrity of Easttown Township.
Increase and diversify economic activities in Easttown Township.
Provide sufficient community facilities and services to meet current and future residential and business requirements in Easttown Township.
In the interpretation and application of this chapter, the provisions hereof shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety and general welfare. Where the provisions of this chapter impose greater restrictions than those of any other ordinance or regulation, the provisions of this chapter shall be controlling. Where the provisions of any statute, other ordinance or regulation impose greater restrictions than this chapter, the provisions of such statute, ordinance or regulation shall be controlling.
This chapter has been adopted in accordance with the provisions of Article VI, Zoning, of the Municipalities Planning Code.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10601 et seq.
The provisions of this chapter shall govern all land, buildings, and structures within the boundaries of Easttown Township. Any lawfully existing building or structure and any lawfully existing use of a building or land not in conformity with the regulations herein prescribed shall be regarded as nonconforming but may be continued, extended or changed, subject to the special regulations contained within this chapter.
[Amended 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14]
This chapter shall be administered by the Township Zoning Officer and shall be enforced by the Township Board of Supervisors, Zoning Officer and/or any other enforcement officer of the Township with approval of the Board of Supervisors as per the applicable provisions of Article XIII, Administration and Enforcement, and Chapter 1, General Provisions.
The granting of any permit under this chapter shall create no liability upon, nor a cause of action against, any Township official or employee for damages or injury that may occur from the use, construction, or enlargement of structures or the use of land.