[Ord. 2035, 12/9/2002, § 100]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Planning and Zoning Code of the Codified Ordinances of Ross Township," and the Zoning Map referred to herein and adopted as part of this chapter shall be known as the "Ross Township Zoning Map."
[Ord. 2035, 12/9/2002, § 101]
The purpose of this chapter is the promotion of the health, safety, morals, convenience and general welfare of the present and future inhabitants of Ross Township by:
Encouraging and facilitating the orderly, coordinated and practical development of the Township.
Lessening the danger and congestion of traffic on the roads and highways and providing for adequate off-street parking and loading for all land uses.
Securing safety from fire, panic, flood and other dangers.
Providing for adequate light and air as far as possible by controlling the spacing and height of buildings and other structures.
Promoting such distribution of population and classification and utilization of land as will facilitate and conserve adequate provision for transportation, water, drainage, sanitation, educational and other public facilities, recreation and protection of natural resources and the environment.
Identifying those ecologically fragile and sensitive portions of the Township and regulating development thereof accordingly.
Establishing building lines and the locations of buildings or structures within such lines to prevent overcrowding.
Dividing the Township into zones and districts restricting and regulating the location, construction, reconstruction, alteration and use of buildings, structures and land to conserve land, building and structure values, protect the tax base, secure economy in governmental expenditures and encourage variety and quality in land uses.
Providing housing opportunities consistent with the Township's population growth and housing demand, present and future.
Providing for the regulation of nonconforming uses, buildings and structures.
Providing for the timely, equitable and efficient administration of the provisions, regulations and restrictions hereof.
[Ord. 2035, 12/9/2002, § 102]
Pursuant to § 606 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act of July 31, 1968, No. 247, P.L. 805, as amended (MPC), 53 P.S. § 10606, the statement of community development objectives, which is to serve as the guideline for growth and development within the Township affected by the planning and zoning code, may be supplied by reference to a long-range development plan study of the Township of Ross as amended.
[Ord. 2035, 12/9/2002, § 103]
This chapter is adopted to promote an orderly plan of development according to an official strategic land use plan, including data on existing conditions, statements concerning the proposed plan and evaluations of implementation techniques. Such material shall be utilized when necessary, to establish policy in the interpretation of this chapter.
[Ord. 2035, 12/9/2002, § 104]
Where a provision of this chapter is found to be in conflict with a provision of any land use ordinance or code, applicable health, building, housing or safety regulation, or any other ordinance or resolution of the Township existing on the effective date of this chapter or thereafter, or any regulation issued under the authority of any such code, regulation, ordinance or resolution, the provision which establishes the more restrictive standard for protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people shall prevail.