[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors (now Board of Commissioners) of the Township of Pocono 2-20-2002 by Ord. No. 101. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Pocono Township Fire Lane Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FIRE LANE
- A lane to provide access for firefighting personnel, equipment and apparatus to buildings, structures, fire hydrants or connections to automatic sprinkler or standpipe systems, in connection with firefighting activities.
Subject to the provisions of § 197-6 of this chapter, fire lanes shall be provided for all new commercial buildings that are set back more than 150 feet from a public/private street right-of-way, or exceed 30 feet in height and are set back more than 50 feet from a public/private road right-of-way.
Fire lanes may be designated:
By the Board by resolution, pursuant to recommendation of the Pocono Township Volunteer Fire Company Fire Chief (the "Fire Chief"), on public property, which will include any highway, roadway, alleyway, driveway, parking area, pathway, cul-de-sac or any other area deemed necessary for fire protection.
By written agreement between the Board and any school board, hospital, church, property owners' association, commercial or industrial facility, shopping center or apartment complex owner, or entertainment facility owner, which controls a parking area located within Pocono Township, empowering the Board to designate and enforce fire lanes on such parking area, including enforcement of the maintenance of the designated fire lanes. The agreement shall become effective and enforceable three days after it is duly executed and delivered.
By the decision of the Board or the Pocono Township Zoning Hearing Board pursuant to any planned residential development approval, conditional use approval, special exception approval or the granting of a variance.
Fire lanes shall not be less than 20 feet of unobstructed width, have a minimum of 13 feet six inches of vertical clearance and be able to withstand live loads of firefighting apparatus. A turnaround for firefighting apparatus shall be provided where an access road terminates in a dead end and is in excess of 150 feet in length. The turnaround shall have a minimum center-line radius of 50 feet.
Fire lanes shall be marked with freestanding signs that contain the words "Fire Lane - No Parking," or similar language, painted in contrasting colors at a size and spacing approved by Pocono Township. Posting of fire lanes in accordance with any applicable requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation shall be an acceptable alternative. The perimeter of the area which constitutes the fire lane shall also be clearly indicated on the surface of the parking lot or access area.
All fire lanes shall also be posted as a "tow zone."
All designated fire lane signs or markings shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition at all times and replaced when necessary to ensure adequate visibility.
All required posting and marking, and maintenance of the same, shall be the responsibility of the owner of the property where located.
When any combination of private fire-protection facilities, including, but not limited to, fire-resistive roofs, fire separation walls, space separation and automatic fire extinguishing systems, are provided and approved by the Fire Chief as an acceptable alternative, then fire lanes shall not be required.
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
Park a vehicle in a fire lane.
Store, sell or display supplies, equipment, shopping carts, inventory, merchandise or any other items in a fire lane.
Obstruct a fire lane.
Engage in any other acts which would substantially interfere with the access of fire officials, personnel and/or firefighting equipment to, over and upon a fire lane.
This chapter shall be enforced by action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Any person, partnership, corporation or other entity who or which violates or permits a violation of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding, pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution, and, in default of the payment of the fine and costs of prosecution, shall be imprisoned for a period not exceeding 30 days. All fines, penalties, costs and reasonable attorney's fees collected for the violation of this chapter shall be paid to Pocono Township for its general use.
In addition to, but not in limitation of, the foregoing, any motor vehicle within a fire lane which is designated as a "tow zone" shall be subject to removal by a towing service at the direction of the Fire Chief, the Pocono Township Police, Pocono Township Fire Police or other appropriate officials of Pocono Township, and the owner shall be responsible for all towing and storage costs.
Pocono Township police officers, the Fire Chief, the Pocono Township Fire Police, the Pocono Township Zoning Officer, or their designees, are hereby authorized to issue citations for the violation of this chapter.