Shaler moves forward with effort to update all ordinances
Shaler Township officials hope to complete the revision process to the municipality's code book of ordinances by this fall.
This month, the Shaler Township commissioners approved 15 ordinance chapters, which leaves one chapter of ordinances left for approval to complete the project to revise and update the township's laws.
“It will be October for the whole saga to conclude,” township manager Tim Rogers said about the revision project.
The approved ordinances are in effect as of the commissioners' July 8 vote and outline rules for various issues, including animals in the township, installing and maintaining fences, walls and hedges, and allowable noise levels.
Most of the changes approved earlier this month are minor changes to update the ordinances, said Bob Vita, the township code enforcement officer.
All approved ordinances are available on the township's website at www.shaler.org, and information will be sent to residents.
The final chapter of ordinances awaiting approval is Chapter 225, which covers all zoning issues, including restrictions for commercial and recreational vehicles.
Allegheny County staff reviews all ordinances before municipal governments approve them. Rogers said township staff is incorporating some of the county staff's recommendations into the zoning ordinance.
“In order to accept them, we have to plug them into the draft and resubmit them to the county,” Rogers said.
Rogers said he expects the zoning ordinance chapter to be presented to the commissioners for consideration at their Oct. 14 meeting.
Township staff and commissioners started the process to review and revise the code book of ordinances in late 2011, when they started a one-year contract with representatives from Environmental Planning & Design, a downtown Pittsburgh-based firm hired to help rewrite the ordinances. Since the conclusion of the firm's review, the laws have been going through a final review process with township staff, solicitors and township commissioners.
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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