Township of Charlestown, PA
Chester County
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[Ord. 41-1979, 6/4/1979, § 1; as amended by Ord. 160-2010, 10/4/2010]
In accordance with § 2322 of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 67322, no drive or driveway shall be graded, constructed, installed or erected, nor shall any railroad or street railway be constructed upon any Township road, nor shall any railroad or street railway crossing, nor any gas pipe, electric conduits, or other piping, be laid upon or in, nor any drain, culvert, footpath, or other means of ingress or egress be graded, constructed, installed or erected onto or in, nor shall any telephone, telegraph, or electric light or power poles, or any coal tipples or any other obstructions be erected upon or in, any portion of a township road except under such conditions, restrictions and regulations relating to the installation and maintenance thereof, as may be prescribed in permits granted by the Township for such purposes.
[Ord. 41-1979, 6/4/1979, § 2]
The application for a permit shall be on a form prescribed by the Township and submitted to the Township in triplicate. The application shall be accompanied by a fee in accordance with the schedule of fees set forth by the Pennsylvania Restoration Charges, or such other fee as will not exceed the reasonable cost of processing the application and the reasonable cost of making such inspections of the work and completed work as may be necessary and appropriate to enforce compliance with the conditions, restrictions, and regulations of the Township. In addition, the applicant shall submit three copies of a sketch showing such dimensions as the location of the intended road or facility, width of the traveled roadway, right-of-way lines, and a dimension to the nearest intersecting street.
[Ord. 41-1979, 6/4/1979, § 3]
All restrictions and regulations of the Charlestown Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22] and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Manual shall apply to all such applications. Also, any other state or Township law, ordinance or regulation, relating to traffic control, surface water drainage, site distance, or other material factor shall be applied. A permit shall be issued to the applicant after all of the above requirements have been met.
[Ord. 41-1979, 6/4/1979, § 4]
The Township Engineer is authorized to review all plans and implement the provisions of this Part. Permits shall be issued by the Township Secretary.
[Ord. 41-1979, 6/4/1979, § 5]
Prior to the issuance of any permit, the Township Engineer will visit the property in question, which visit may be with the applicant or the applicant's engineer. After the permit is issued, the applicant shall provide written notice to the Township Engineer prior to the commencement of any work, which The Township Engineer may inspect the work at any time deemed appropriate by the Township Engineer, and shall inspect the work upon the completion thereof. The Township Engineer may inspect at any time necessary or appropriate to enforce compliance with the conditions, restrictions and regulations prescribed by the Township. Upon the completion of the work, the applicant shall notify the Township Engineer. Within two years after the completion of such work, the Township Engineer may reinspect the work, and if any settlement of the road surface or any other defect appears in the work, or anything else arises which is contrary to the conditions, restrictions and regulations of the Township, then the Township Engineer shall give notice thereof, in writing, to the applicant. If the applicant fails to rectify any such settlement or other defect, within 60 days after written notice from the Township Engineer, the Township may do the work and impose upon the applicant the cost thereof, together with an additional 20% of such cost, which may be recovered by an action in assumpsit in the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County.
[Ord. 41-1979, 6/4/1979, § 6]
The term "applicant" used herein includes the contractor who does the work as well as the landowner or landowners who hold legal title to the land at the time of making the application, doing of the work, or two years following completion of the work.
[Ord. 41-1979, 6/4/1979, § 7]
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to require a permit in advance for emergency repairs necessary for the safety of the public, or the restoration or continuance of public utility or other service, but application for such permit and the fees shall be submitted as herein prescribed within five days after the completion of the work, and thereafter the remaining provisions of this section shall apply.
[Ord. 41-1979, 6/4/1979, § 8; as amended by Ord. 160-2010, 10/4/2010]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 72-1996, 9/16/1996, § 1]
This Part shall apply to each separate tract, lot or parcel of land within Charlestown Township and each principal building on any such tract, lot or parcel.
[Ord. 72-1996, 9/16/1996, § 2]
For purposes of this Part, the following words shall have the following meanings:
ACCESSORY BUILDING
Any structure on the same lot with a principal building and of a nature and use for purposes customarily considered incidental and subordinate to that of the principal building.
PRINCIPAL BUILDING
Any structure enclosing space, or otherwise used in any manner for residential, commercial, industrial or storage use, or for any other purpose other than an accessory building as defined herein.
STREET
A state or Township road, private street, lane or shared driveway serving as a means of vehicular and pedestrian travel furnishing access to abutting lots and properties.
[Ord. 72-1996, 9/16/1996, § 3]
Street address numbers shall be assigned to each tract, lot or parcel of land in the Township in accordance with a street address plan adopted by resolution of the Board of Supervisors of Charlestown Township and placed on file in the Township office. Thereafter such property shall be designated for all purposes by the number assigned, and all persons shall take due notice thereof and comply with the provisions of this Part when applicable. The Board of Supervisors shall have the right and power to change a street address number or numbers assigned to any property by resolution whenever it may deem such a change necessary and desirable and require the owner or occupant thereof to comply with the provisions of this Part with respect to such change. The assignment of numbers and the street address plan are not based on zoning and are not to be construed as permitting further subdivision of any parcel or property.
[Ord. 72-1996, 9/16/1996, § 4]
The owner or occupant of each tract, lot or parcel of land to which no street address number has been previously assigned shall, upon purchase, acquisition or occupancy thereof, or within seven days of discovery that no such number has been assigned, make application to the Township Engineer, his designee or other appointee of the Board of Supervisors for assignment of a street address number. The Township official shall thereupon assign a correct street address number to the property in accordance with the street address plan.
[Ord. 72-1996, 9/16/1996, § 5]
The Township Engineer shall be responsible for assigning proper street address number sequences to each lot which is created as a result of a subdivision. These numbers shall be in accordance with the street address plan, be in relation to the numbers assigned to other lots fronting on the same street and shall be properly recorded on the subdivision plan and in Township files.
[Ord. 72-1996, 9/16/1996, § 6; as amended by Ord. 160-2010, 10/4/2010]
In order to comply with this Part street address numbers shall be Arabic in design, shall have a minimum height of four inches and stroke width of 1/2 inch, and shall be mounted in secure fashion to the principal building's front wall or to a porch or other fixed appurtenance in front of the principal building in the general vicinity of the main entry way or main path of travel which leads to the main entrance from a street, or otherwise separately mounted in an approved manner upon the face of a wall or upon a post or mailbox in the front yard of the premises. Any post used for numbers shall be no more than six feet above the road grade. In all cases, street address numbers shall be located on the property where the principal building is located. The numbers shall be significantly legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing, size and uniformity of integers so that the numbers may be read during daylight hours by a person with normal vision if the numbers are viewed from the center line of the facing street. The numbers shall be placed so that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the center of the street and so the numbers are visible from both directions of travel on the street.
[Ord. 72-1996, 9/16/1996, § 7]
From and after the effective date of this Part, the owner and/or occupant of each tract, lot or parcel of land shall comply with all of the requirements of this Part and shall continuously display the street address number assigned to that tract, lot or parcel of land in accordance with the specifications set forth above.
[Ord. 72-1996, 9/16/1996, § 8; as amended by Ord. 160-2010, 10/4/2010]
1. 
The absence of street numbers, or the insecure fastening or the absence of any parts thereof; or the use of any street address number not assigned by the Township official; or the failure of a street address number to meet the elevation requirement or the visibility requirement; shall be in violation of this Part. Upon discovery of such violation, a warning notice of violation may be sent by certified mail to the property owner or occupant or may be served personally on the owner or occupant, or his agent, or may be posted in a prominent place upon the property by a Township Engineer, his designee or other appointee. Such notice shall state the specific provision of the Part violated and shall require compliance with the provisions of this Part within 15 days from the date of service or the posting of the warning notice of violation.
2. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, or correct the violation set forth in the warning notice of violation, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and reasonable attorney's fees and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
3. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, property owners and occupants shall have a period of 60 days from the effective date of this Part to comply with the requirements of this Part. Upon the expiration of this sixty-day grace period, the Township may exercise the enforcement provisions of this section.