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Falls Looks to Enact Zoning Ordinance Updates

For the past few years, Falls Township staff and attorneys have been combing through a three-ring binder containing the township’s zoning ordinance to determine which areas are most in need of updating.

By December, the governing body anticipates adopting the proposed updates to various regulations, including sections related to stormwater management, earth disturbance, regulation and placement of PODS and dumpsters, rights of way and tree protection standards, among other housekeeping items. The Supervisors voted unanimously to authorize advertisement for the proposed changes.

Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie said the board will likely consider the items for adoption in December. In the meantime, residents wishing to do so may review the proposed changes and ask any questions prior to ordinance adoption.

“Township staff and professionals have done a very through review of our zoning ordinance,” he said. “It requires updating … Our sign ordinance, which has been around forever, didn’t say anything about electronic signs because they didn’t exist (when it was adopted).”

Township attorney Lauren Gallagher said that zoning for a dozen properties is proposed to change. However, the properties’ use will remain the same, she said.

The ordinance changes are meant to “clean up inconsistencies,” she said.

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