The official title of this chapter is the "Brentwood Zoning Ordinance."
This chapter is adopted by virtue of the authority granted to the Borough by the Commonwealth in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), Act 247 of 1968, as amended by Act 170 of 1998 (53 P.S. § 10101 et seq., as may be amended from time to time).
In the event of conflicts between the provision of this chapter and any other ordinance or regulation, the more restrictive provisions shall apply. In the interpretation and application, the provisions of this chapter shall be considered minimum requirements adopted for the promotion of the health, safety and general welfare of the public. In interpreting the language of this chapter to determine the extent of the restriction upon the use of the property, the language shall be interpreted, where doubt exists as to the intended meaning of the language written and enacted by the Borough Council, in favor of the property owner and against any implied extension of the restriction.
These regulations are adopted in accordance with the MPC, community development objectives and the comprehensive plan. The purpose of this chapter is to promote, protect and facilitate any of the following:
Public health, safety, morals, and general welfare;
Coordinated and practical community development;
Encourage appropriate redevelopment;
Proper density of population;
The provisions of adequate light and air;
Lessen congestion on streets and roads;
Secure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers;
Prevent the overcrowding of land;
Avoid an undue concentration of population;
Facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewers, schools, parks, and other public facilities;
Preservation of natural, scenic and historic properties;
Preservation of environmental features, including forest, wetlands, aquifers, prime agricultural land, steep slopes, and floodplains as deemed appropriate; and
Emergency management and preparedness.
Consistent with the goals and objectives of Brentwood Borough it is the intent of this chapter to achieve the following community development objectives and purposes:
Distribute land uses to meet the physical, social, cultural, economic, and energy needs of present and future populations;
Ensure that new development and redevelopment of existing properties is compatible with surrounding development in use, character, and size;
Provide for land uses that serve important public needs including a variety of housing options and employment generators;
Protect and enhance property values; and
Protect natural, historic and environmental resources.
In accordance with the foregoing purposes and objectives, this chapter establishes regulations governing the following:
The height, number of stories, and size of buildings and other structures;
The percentage of a lot that may be occupied;
The size of yards, courts, and other open spaces;
Population density and intensity of use; and
The location and use of buildings, other structures, and land for business, industrial, residential, or other purposes.
No land shall be used or occupied and no structures shall be designed, erected, altered, used, or occupied except in conformity with this chapter and in compliance with all standards, and upon performance of all conditions attached to any use approval, variance, appeal, rezoning, subdivision and land development approval, planned residential approval, or site plan approved pursuant to all land use regulations of the Borough.
No person, firm, or corporation and no officer or employee (either as owner or as participating principal, agent, servant, or employee of such owner) shall sell, rent, or lease, or offer or attempt to sell, rent, or lease, any land or structure upon the representation, falsely made and known to be false, that such land or structure may be used or occupied in a manner or for a use prohibited by this chapter.
The requirements of this chapter shall apply to all zoning districts, lots, structures, land developments, and subdivisions in the Borough.
This chapter shall not apply to existing or proposed uses or structures of Brentwood Borough.