In the construction of this chapter, the rules and definitions contained in this section shall be observed and applied, except when the context clearly indicates otherwise.
Words used in the singular shall include the plural and the plural the singular.
Words used in the present tense shall include the future tense.
The word "shall" is always mandatory and not discretionary.
The word "may" is permissive.
The word "lot" shall include the words "piece" and "parcel."
In interpreting the language of this chapter to determine the extent of the restriction on the uses of land, buildings or structures, the language shall be interpreted, where doubt exists as to the intended meaning of the language, in favor of the property owner and against any implied extension of the restriction.
The word "person" includes corporations, associations and partnerships and other similar entities.
The provisions of applicable law, including the provisions of the Municipalities Planning Code, including all subsequent amendments, shall control and take precedence over any conflicting provision of this chapter. Where any provision of this chapter is modeled after or consistent with the presently applicable law and such applicable law is hereafter amended or construed by any appellate court, such law, as so amended or construed, shall control and take precedence over the provisions of this chapter.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.