Borough of Abbottstown, PA
Adams County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Abbottstown 5-20-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-03; amended in its entirety 2-20-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-01. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Alarm systems — See Ch. 57.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 78.
Fire prevention and fire protection — See Ch. 113.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 127.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Abbottstown Borough Construction and Materials Specifications Ordinance."
The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents and property owners of Abbottstown Borough by establishing a comprehensive set of specifications for construction and materials applicable to land development and associated improvements throughout the Borough.
This chapter shall apply to land development and associated improvements of or on land located, in whole or in part, in the Borough, and to street, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water main, or other facilities in connection therewith, except as may be regulated by other ordinances of the Borough, subject to the following:
All building permit applications are subject to the prevailing Borough Zoning Ordinance and other applicable ordinances.
All subdivision and land development plans are subject to the prevailing Borough Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, and all other applicable ordinances.
Whenever there exists a conflict between this chapter and any other applicable ordinances, the more stringent requirement shall apply.
The construction and material specifications that are the subject of this chapter are set forth in the document entitled "Construction and Material Specifications, Abbottstown Borough, Adams County," which document is attached hereto at Exhibit A and made a part of this chapter as if set forth herein in its entirety.
The Council, at its sole discretion, may grant a modification, including (but not limited to) a waiver of a specification when the literal enforcement is shown to the satisfaction of the Council to be unreasonable, or to cause undue hardship, or when an alternative specification can be demonstrated to provide equal or better results; provided, in each case, that such modification will not be contrary to the public interest and that the purpose and intent of this chapter is observed. The Council may grant a modification subject to condition(s).
A request for modification shall be in writing and shall identify the specification involved, state in full the grounds and facts of unreasonableness, hardship or equal or better results on which the request is based, and specify the minimum modification necessary.
The Borough Engineer, or any other agent specifically designated by the Council of the Borough of Abbottstown for this purpose, shall have primary administration and enforcement responsibility and authority under this chapter.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, or who assists in the violation of this chapter, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, including reasonable attorney's fees. Every violator of a provision of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense each and every day such violation continues and shall be subject to the penalty imposed by this section for each and every separate offense. Enforcement shall be 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. The Municipal Solicitor may assume charge of the prosecution without the consent of the District Attorney as required under Pa.R. Crim.P. No. 454 (relating to trial in summary cases).
An appeal from the administration or enforcement of this chapter by the Borough Engineer, or other designated officer of the Borough, may be taken to the Borough Council.
An appeal from the decision of the Borough Council (i) on appeal from the administration or enforcement of this chapter by the Borough Engineer, or other designated officer, or (ii) granting or denying a request for modification, may be taken to the Court of Common Pleas of Adams County within 30 days of the date of the decision.