Change streamlines application process for permits in Cranberry
By Rick Wills
Published: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
If Paint Monkey — a bring-your-own-beer painting studio — had applied to Cranberry before September to open, it would have had to wait until December for proper approval from the township.
It also would have had to spend $550 in application fees.
Earlier this month, the township cut red tape for some businesses to make it easier and quicker to win the necessary township zoning and occupancy approvals.
As of Sept. 5, prospective businesses simply apply to the township for necessary zoning and occupancy permits, and the application is ruled on within several weeks.
“This encompasses a wide array of businesses, everything from dance studios to martial arts schools,” said Ron Henshaw, director of community development in Cranberry.
The change, approved by Cranberry's supervisors on Sept. 5, gets rid of a lengthy and expensive process to determine whether special conditions need to be met to ease a new company's impact on neighboring properties.
“A painting studio does not have an impact on neighboring businesses. This is a business-friendly change that saves time and money,” Henshaw said.
Certain types of recreational businesses would still be subject to conditional approval. “Something like an indoor gun range would need conditional approval,” Henshaw said.
Conditional approval takes two and a half months and costs $550.
Paint Monkey has a studio in Lawrenceville and is opening a second studio on Freedom Road in Cranberry. The business was able to get approval in less than a month.
Owner Mary Lou Bradley said she was pleased with the change.
“It was helpful. We were paying rent for the space anyway, and there was no reason to wait 10 more weeks before opening. I feel lucky that we benefitted from it,” Bradley said.
Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- STEM Fems group branches out to Evans City Middle School
- Mars Area residents plead with board: Don’t OK drilling
- Haine students explore cultural differences
- Butler election bureau struggles to fill polls with workers
- Fire leaves ‘scary unknown’ for Butler Township mental health center
- Cranberry approves 2-part Brush Creek sewage plant project
- State grants to benefit Butler County disabled residents
- Coroner called to car crash in Muddy Creek
- Butler GOP gets new chairman
- Man dies in overnight Butler house fire