Township of Lower Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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ORDINANCE NO. 532 (ADOPTED SEPTEMBER 10, 2008)
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LOWER SOUTHAMPTON, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA; CONSOLIDATING, REVISING, AMENDING AND REPEALING CERTAIN ORDINANCES; ENACTING CERTAIN NEW PROVISIONS; PROVIDING A PROCEDURE FOR AMENDING THE CODE AND FOR THE CITATION OF THE CODE AND THE EFFECTIVE DATE THEREOF; ESTABLISHING RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE CODE; SAVING CERTAIN PROVISIONS FROM REPEAL; AND PRESCRIBING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION.
The Township of Lower Southampton hereby ordains:

§ AO-1 Adoption.

The "Code of Ordinances, Township of Lower Southampton," as prepared and published for the said Township of Lower Southampton, is hereby adopted as a consolidation, codification and revision of the ordinances of the Township of Lower Southampton. Chapters 1 through 27 thereof contain the text of the body of all general administrative and regulatory ordinances of the Township of Lower Southampton organized as follows:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1
Administration and Government
Chapter 2
Animals
Chapter 3
(Reserved)
Chapter 4
(Reserved)
Chapter 5
Code Enforcement
Chapter 6
Conduct
Chapter 7
Fire Prevention and Fire Protection
Chapter 8
(Reserved)
Chapter 9
(Reserved)
Chapter 10
Health and Safety
Chapter 11
Housing
Chapter 12
(Reserved)
Chapter 13
Licenses, Permits and General Business Regulations
Chapter 14
(Reserved)
Chapter 15
Motor Vehicles and Traffic
Chapter 16
Parks and Recreation
Chapter 17
Stormwater Management
Chapter 18
Sewers and Sewage Disposal
Chapter 19
Signs and Billboards
Chapter 20
Solid Waste
Chapter 21
Streets and Sidewalks
Chapter 22
Subdivision and Land Development
Chapter 23
Swimming Pools
Chapter 24
Taxation; Special
Chapter 25
Trees
Chapter 26
Water
Chapter 27
Zoning
APPENDIX:
A
Adjustments to Township Boundaries
B
Debt and Bond Issues
C
Franchises and Services
D
Governmental and Intergovernmental Affairs
E
Plan Approval
F
Public Property
G
Sewers
H
Streets and Sidewalks
I
Water
J
Zoning; Prior Ordinances
Table to the Disposition of All Ordinances
Table to the Disposition of Significant Resolutions
The Appendix of the volume lists, by subject matter, in chronological order, the titles (or an abstract of title) of enactments of special nature or of historical interest, for the complete text of which the official records of the Township of Lower Southampton shall be authoritative.

§ AO-2 Citation and effective date.

The codification referred to in § AO-1 of this ordinance shall be known and cited officially as the "Township of Lower Southampton Code of Ordinances," and all future ordinances shall make reference thereto. This ordinance shall become effective immediately upon publication of notice of final enactment as required by law.

§ AO-3 Saving clause.

The provisions of the Township of Lower Southampton Code of Ordinances, so far as they are the same as those ordinances and regulations in force immediately prior to the adoption of said Code, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and regulations and not as a new enactment. The provisions of the Township of Lower Southampton Code of Ordinances shall not affect any suit or prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any of the prior ordinances or regulations.

§ AO-4 Consolidation and revision.

As a necessary part of codification, the following provisions are hereby consolidated and revised as indicated:
A. 
Consolidations.
Section
Subject
Ordinance No., Section
15, Entire Chapter
Motor Vehicles and Traffic
356, 359, 363, 375, 376, 382, 385, 392, 395, 396, 404, 408, 409, 411, 414, 417, 427, 435, 436, 437, 457, 459, 465, 477, 482, 483, 503, § 213, 504, 513, Res. 2006-13, 523, 526
B. 
Revisions.
Section
Subject
Ordinance No., Section
(Reserved)

§ AO-5 New enactments, amendments and repeals.

As a necessary part of codification, the following ordinances are hereby enacted, amended and repealed as summarized by short title:
A. 
New Enactments.
Section
Subject
§§ 1-101 to 1-111
Preliminary Provisions
15, Entire Chapter
Motor Vehicles and Traffic
§§ 17-101 to 17-908
Stormwater Management
B. 
Amendments.
Section
Subject
Ordinance No., Section
§ 1-332
Duties
26, § 2
§ 1-353
Swim Club Committee
475, § 3
§ 1-406
Penalty
470, § 6
§ 1-605
Penalty
471, § 5
§ 2-104
Penalties
356
§ 2-302
Certain Animals Prohibited
356
§ 2-306
Penalties
356
§ 2-402
Permit Requirements
356
§ 2-406
Penalties
356
§ 5-103
Property Maintenance Code
499, § 2
§ 6-105
Enforcement and Penalties
413, § 1
§ 6-113
Liability and Penalties
468, § III
§ 6-203
Enforcement Procedures for Smoking and Tobacco Violations
425, § 3
§ 6-304
Penalties
509, § 4
§ 7-101
Establishment and Duties of Fire Marshal
277, § 2; 294
§ 7-102
Modifications to Fire Code
277, § 5
§ 7-103
Appeals
277, § 6
§ 7-201
Automatic Fire Detection Devices Required
370, § 1
§ 7-209
Penalties
370, § IX
§ 10-107
Penalties
311; 356
§ 10-207
Penalties
311; 356; 511, § V
§ 10-305
Enforcement
41; 356
§ 10-310
Test Procedures
41; 356
§ 10-311
Penalties
41; 356
§ 10-404
Penalties
43; 356
§ 10-607
Penalties and Enforcement
447, § 1
§ 10-613
Display of Spray Paint and Markers
448, § 1
§ 10-614
Penalties
448
§ 10-702
Penalty
501
§ 11-106
Numbering Requirements
66, § 6
§ 11-108
Penalties
66, § 8; 356
§ 11-205
Penalties
240, § 5; 356
§ 13-103
Exceptions
28; 356; 412, § 2
§ 13-109
Penalties
28; 356; 381
§ 13-207
Penalties
226; 321; 356
§ 13-312
Penalties
356
§ 13-411
Penalties
346, § 11
§ 13-503
Application for License
377, § 103; 389, § 2
§ 13-505
Issuance of License
377, § 105
§ 16-109
Penalties
356
§ 18-201
Definitions
356
§ 18-205
Wastewater Control Regulations
356
§ 18-301
Purpose
445, § 1
§ 18-306
Exclusiveness of Rights and Privileges
445, § 6
§ 18-307
Procedure for Obtaining Holding Tank Permit
445, § 7
§ 18-308
Duties of Improved Property Owner
445, § 8
§ 18-311
When Sanitary Sewer Service Becomes Available
445, § 11
§ 20-103
Definitions
391, § 3; 405, §§ 1 and 2
§ 20-109
Regulation of Private Collectors
391, § 9; 405, § 3
§ 20-112
Standards and Regulations for Disposal
391, § 12; 405, § 4
§ 20-113
Standards and Regulations for Processing Methods
391, § 13
§ 20-117
Insurance
391, § 17
§ 20-119
Penalties
391, § 19
§ 20-206
Private Refuse Collection
Res. 2002-2, § VI
§ 21-101
Permit Required
232, § 1
§ 21-106
Penalties
158, § 8; 356
§ 21-205
Penalties
356
§ 21-303
Penalties
469, § 505
§ 21-408
Penalties
516, § 8
§ 23-111
Penalties
57; 356
§ 24-104
Permanent and Temporary Amusement Permits
307, § 4
§ 24-111
Penalties
307; 356
§ 24-202
Definitions
309, § 2
§ 24-203
Levy of Tax
309, § 3; 320, § 3; 356
§ 24-204
Returns
309, § 4
§ 24-205
License
309, § 5
§ 24-207
Penalties
309, § 7; 356
§ 24-301
Definitions
328, § 1
§ 24-309
Penalties
328, § 9; 356
§ 24-615
Penalty for Violation
254, § 15
Exhibit 24-A
Taxpayer Bill of Rights Disclosure Statement
Res. 1999-10
Exhibit 24-D
Rules and Regulations for Compliance with the Local Taxpayer's Bill of Rights
Res. 1999-10
§ 24-809
Fines and Penalties for Violation of Part
492, § 9
§ 25-110
Penalties
90, § 17; 356
§ 26-114
Penalties
25, § 14; 356
C. 
Repeals.
Ordinance/Resolution
Subject
Ord. 37
Fencing Excavations
Ord. 62
Street Acceptance
Ord. 187
Shopping Carts, Abandonment of
Ord. 223
Disorderly Conduct; Discharge of Firearms; Tampering with Public Property; Throwing of Missiles onto Streets
Ord. 239
Shopping Carts, Administration of; Prohibition
Ord. 342
Loitering
Ord. 356, §§ 6-101 to 6-102; 6-201 to 6-204; 6-401 to 6-408; 6-501 to 6-502
Disorderly Conduct; Discharge of Firearms; Tampering with Public Property; Throwing of Missiles onto Streets
Ord. 356, § 6-605
Shopping Carts, Administration of; Penalties
Ord. 356, § 10-203
Fencing Excavations; Penalties
Ord. 356, §§ 21-301 to 21-316
Street Acceptance
Ord. 362, § 7
Loitering
Ord. 380
Burning

§ AO-6 Adoption of standard codes by reference.

As a necessary part of codification, the following ordinances are hereby enacted by reference as standard codes summarized by short title:
Section
Short Title
(Reserved)

§ AO-7 Land use amendments.

The Township of Lower Southampton Code of Ordinances is hereby amended as is more fully shown in the complete text of Chapters 22 and 27 thereof which is attached hereto and made part hereof by reference hereto as if fully set out at length herein, with deletions shown by and additions shown by underline, all of which is briefly summarized hereinafter.
A. 
New Provisions. The following provisions are new provisions which are being added to the Code, are underlined throughout the text, and are summarized as follows:
Section
Subject
(Reserved)
B. 
Revised provisions. The following provisions of the Code are revised, the text of which indicates deletions by and additions shown by underline, and are summarized as follows:
Section
Subject
Ordinance No.
§ 22-202
Definitions
282, § 202; 401, § 24; 466
§ 22-302
Preliminary Plan Procedures and Requirements for Major Subdivisions and Land Development Plans.
282, § 302; 308, § 1; 312, § 1; 401, §§ 25-27
§ 22-303
Final Plan Procedures and Requirements for Major Subdivision and Land Development Plans.
282, § 303; 308, § 2; 312, § 2
§ 22-402
Street Design and Improvements Required
282, § 402; 415, § 4
§ 22-405
Open Space Requirements and Controls
282, § 405; 466
§ 22-505
Jurisdiction and Penalties
282, § 507; 401, §§ 32, 33
§ 22-604
Stormwater Management
382; App. A-IV; 415, § 3
§ 22-606
Grading and Landscaping
282, App. A-VI
§ 22-608
Lighting
282, App. A-VIII; 362, § 6; 501, § A
§ 27-104
Definition of Items
2; 302; 327; 401, § 1; 450, § I; 466; 487, § I; 510, § 1; 527, § 1
§ 27-201
Classes of Districts
2; 302
§ 27-301
Use Regulations
2; 302; 401, § 2; 480, § I
§ 27-302
Area Regulations
2; 302; 401, § 3
§ 27-402
Area Regulations
2; 302; 401, § 5
§ 27-502
Area Regulations
2; 302; 401, § 6
§ 27-601
Use Regulations
2; 302; 401, § 7
§ 27-604
Occupancy Permit
2; 302
§ 27-701
Use Regulations
2; 302
§ 27-703
Certifications, Site Plans and Building Permits
2; 302
§ 27-704
Required Standards and Conditions
2; 302
§ 27-804
Application of Planned Residential Development
2; 302
§ 27-806
Standards and Criteria for Planned Residential Development
2; 302; 401, §§ 10 and 11; 480, § I
§ 27-812
Administration and Judicial Review
2; 302
Design and Use Criteria
2; 302; 329; 480, § I
Use Regulations
2; 302; 339; 362, § 5; 401, § 13; 415, § 8; 480, § I
Area Regulations
2; 302
Use Regulations
2; 302; 339; 401, § 14
Design and Area Requirements
2; 302; 480, § I
Area Regulations
2; 302; 401, § 15; 480, § I
Use Regulations
386, § 1701; 401, § 16; 480, § I
Accessory Home Occupation
386, § 1705
Use Regulations
2; 302; 315; 339; 401, § 17; 407, § 1; 506, §§ I-VII; 511, §§ VI, VII; 527, § 2
General Provisions
2; 302; 351; 415, § 5; 453; 460
Administration
2; 302; 351
Nonconforming Buildings or Uses
2; 302; 401, § 19
§ 27-2014
Necessity for Sanitary Disposal Permit
2; 302
§ 27-2015
Vehicles Regularly Parked on a Premises
2; 302; 315; 366
§ 27-2017
Conditional Uses
2; 401, § 19; 415, § 7; 450, § II; 466
§ 27-2019
Satellite Dish Antenna
2; 452
Erosion
2
Title
2
Scope
2
Definitions
2
Applicability of this Part
2
Requirements for Permits
2
Administration
2
Emergency Repairs
2
§ 27-2208
Types of Signs Defined
2
§ 27-2209
Types of Sign Construction
2
§ 27-2210
General Sign Regulations
2
§ 27-2211
Nonconforming Signs
2
§ 27-2212
Permitted Signs
2
§ 27-2213
Schedule 27-A (Permitted Signs)
2
Enforcement
2; 302; 361, § I
Permits
2; 302; 362, § 5; 366
Applications for Permits
2; 302
Issuance of Permits
2; 302
Fees
2; 302; 466
Use and Occupancy Permits
2; 487, § V
Powers
2; 302
§ 27-2405
Appeals to Zoning Hearing Board
2; 302
§ 27-2406
Hearings
2; 302
§ 27-2407
Standards for Review of Proposed Special Exception or Variance
2; 302
Enactment of Zoning Ordinance Amendments
2; 302; 319; 401, § 22
Procedure for Landowner Curative Amendments
2; 302
Procedure for Township Curative Amendments
2; 302
§ 27-2602
Enforcement
2; 302; 401, § 23
C. 
Repealed provisions. The following provisions of the Code are repealed, the text of which indicates deletions by, and are as follows:
Section
Subject
Ordinance No.
(Reserved)

§ AO-8 Procedural changes.

The following minor procedural changes have been made to existing Township of Lower Southampton ordinances:
A. 
Grammatical and spelling errors have been corrected where necessary;
B. 
Minor changes have been made to correct obsolete terms and usages;
C. 
The penalty provisions have been revised where necessary to comply with the Pennsylvania Township Code, Vehicle Code, Municipalities Planning Code and the Local Tax Enabling Act.

§ AO-9 Amending the Code of Ordinances.

The procedure for amending the Code of Ordinances shall include the citation of the chapter, part, section and subsection to be amended, revised, repealed or added as follows:
A. 
Amendment or revision: "Chapter_____, Part_____, Section_____, Subsection_____ is hereby amended (revised) to read as follows . . ."
B. 
Additions: "Chapter_____, Part_____, Section_____, Subsection_____ is hereby amended by the addition of the following . . ."
C. 
Repeal: "Chapter_____, Part_____, Section_____, Subsection_____ is hereby repealed in its entirety."

§ AO-10 Responsibility for Code of Ordinances.

It shall be the responsibility of the Township of Lower Southampton Secretary to maintain an up-to-date certified copy of the Code of Ordinances. This copy shall be the official copy of the Township of Lower Southampton Code of Ordinances and shall be available for public inspection.

§ AO-11 Violations and penalties.

It shall be unlawful for anyone to change, alter or tamper with the Code of Ordinances in any manner which will intentionally misrepresent the laws of the Township of Lower Southampton. Whosoever shall violate this section shall be guilty of an offense under § 4911, "Tampering with Public Records or Information," of the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4911, and shall be prosecuted under that section of the law.

§ AO-12 Severability of parts of codification.

It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Township of Lower Southampton that the chapters, parts, sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this codification are severable. If any section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Code is declared unconstitutional, illegal or otherwise invalid by the judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, that invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining chapters, parts, sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases of this codification.
ENACTED AND ORDAINED this 10th day of September, 2008.
ATTEST:
Township of Lower Southampton
 
/s/ Connie Birrane
  Secretary
/s/ Michael Connelly
  Chairman, Board of Supervisors