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East Brandywine Township

Posted on: October 15, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Public Information Meeting: Proposed Amendments Land Use Code

Beginning in February 2017, the East Brandywine Township’s Ordinance Task Force and several consultants have been preparing a series of proposed amendments to the Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance, the Zoning Ordinance, and the Definitions chapter of the Land Use Code.  This work was supported by generous funding from the Chester County Planning Commission's Vision Partnership Program.  The consultant team was comprised of Nate Cline of Pennoni (the Township Engineer), Joe Boldaz of Hydraterra (the Municipal Authority Engineer), landscape architect Tom Kummer, and planner David Sweet.

The public is welcome to attend this regular meeting of the Ordinance Task Force on October 17 at 7:30 PM to hear brief summaries of the various ordinance revisions, and ask questions of the consultants who assisted the Task Force with this project. 

The project must be completed, and all ordinances adopted by January 15, 2019.

  • Both the Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance, originally enacted in 1985, and the Zoning Ordinance, originally enacted in 1989, have been amended incrementally in the intervening years.  Also, the Definitions chapter of the Land Use Code was created in 2016 to consolidate all definitions in one location.
  • A new emphasis from the Chester County Planning Commission on “multi-modal” transportation initiatives and adding that concept as appropriate to municipal ordinances, was an impetus for this project.  The Township also wanted to review certain sections of all three ordinance chapters and revise or update as was found necessary.
  • The entirety of the water supply and sewage facilities sections of the Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance was reviewed and selected modifications proposed.  The substantive portions of these sections were essentially reaffirmed.
  • Existing terms in both the Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance and ZO regarding landscaping, screening/buffering, and lighting were reviewed and modified.  Changes to the landscaping standards, in particular, were aimed at simplifying the terms for ease of use and assuring reasonableness and internal consistency.
  • The existing Zoning Ordinance section on forestry/logging was updated to reflect current, and environmentally sound, timber harvesting practices.  Language on inspections and penalties also was clarified
  • Several areas of the Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance were reviewed, and modifications proposed, in response to Chester County’s Multi-Modal Circulation Handbook.  These include street design and construction, access management, sidewalks, trails, and graphic attachments.
  • Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance sections on plan content and submission, and performance guarantees were updated.
  • Additions to the Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance are proposed to better address scenic resources, historic resources, and requirements for open space or a fee in lieu thereof for non-residential development.
  • Several areas within the Zoning Ordinance are proposed for revision or addition.  One concerns historic resources, including an expansion of the uses permitted in historic structures.  Another is the standards for home occupation, which have been updated.
  • These draft revisions also produced the need to add or revise certain definitions; these have been prepared for inclusion in Chapter 300.
  • Following the Task Force’s review of any remaining comments on the proposed drafts, and possible revisions in response, the proposed ordinance amendments will be considered at a public hearing advertised and conducted by the Board of Supervisors.  Depending on the outcome of that hearing, the Board would be authorized to adopt some or all of the proposals.

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