Springdale Township to review ordinances written in 1958, last updated in ’69 | TribLIVE.com
Valley News Dispatch

Springdale Township to review ordinances written in 1958, last updated in ’69

George Guido
700428_web1_web-springdaletownshipsign
700428_web1_web-springdaletownshipsign-FC
Springdale Township.

After 61 years, Springdale Township will be updating and modernizing its subdivision and land development ordinances.

Many of the proposals would replace those passed in 1958, some of which were updated in 1969.

A hearing on the new development proposals will take place Feb. 18.

Some of the issues to be discussed include how much of a lot can be covered by a building in various residential zones, development of private streets that could become public streets and other required building standards.

Carolyn Yagle of Pittsburgh-based Environmental Planning & Design hosted Thursday’s special meeting of the township’s planning commission.

None of the township’s zoning districts would be changed.

Signage requirements would be taken out of the land development ordinance and would be amended by the township commissioners when necessary.

“It’s up to each and every municipality to develop its own standards (in their building codes),” Yagle said.

One important proposal would be to establish a flow chart from the moment a potential developer walks into the township office to the time a proposal is given the final OK by the commissioners. The hope is to streamline this process to 90 days.

Another proposal is to approve a list of 86 distinctive uses for property, ranging from such activities as a bakery, billboards, animal stables, day care centers, junk yards, home-based businesses and medical marijuana dispensaries, growing areas and transport standards — something unheard of in 1958.

Uses not identified can still be reviewed and recommended.

“This gives the township greater flexibility,” said Stephen Yakopec, township planning and zoning solicitor.

Yakopec also said the process of turning private development streets into public streets needs to be addressed.

The planning commission would recommend changes. Final adoption of new standards would have to be approved by the township’s commissioners.

Township officials have been working on updates for several years with a series of workshops. Yagle said a public comment period from Nov. 27 to Jan. 11 yielded no written comments from residents.


George Guido is a freelance writer.


George Guido is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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.