[Amended 6-10-1986 by Ord. No. 5-1986]
This Part 1 shall be known and may be cited as the "Willistown Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance of 1984."
This Part 1 has been prepared in accordance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and the Willistown Township Comprehensive Plan for the following purposes:
To assure sites suitable for building purposes and human habitation.
To assist orderly, efficient, integrated and harmonious development of the Township.
To coordinate proposed streets with existing streets or other proposed streets, parks or other features of the Township.
To provide adequate open spaces for traffic, recreation, light and air, and for proper distribution of population.
To ensure coordination of subdivision and land development plans with Township, intermunicipal, county and commonwealth improvement plans.
To prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and to encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment, consistent with the mandates of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Environmental Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution.
To secure equitable handling of all subdivisions and land development plans by providing uniform procedures and standards.
To protect the social and economic stability of the Township and conserve the value of land and buildings in the Township.
To create conditions favorable to the health, welfare, safety, morals and general welfare of the citizens of Willistown Township.
The provisions of this Part 1 shall be held to be minimum requirements to meet the above-stated purposes. Where the provisions of this Part 1 impose greater restrictions than those of any statute, other ordinance or regulation, the provisions of this Part 1 shall prevail. Where the provisions of any statute, other ordinance or regulation impose greater restrictions than those of this Part 1, the provision of such statute, ordinance or regulation shall prevail.
From and after the effective date hereof, the Board of Supervisors shall have the authority to regulate subdivision and land development within the Township.
The Board of Supervisors shall have the jurisdiction of subdivision and land development within the Township limits.
In order to aid the Board of Supervisors in their consideration of subdivisions and land development, the Board of Supervisors hereby decrees that the Planning Commission of Willistown Township shall serve the following functions:
All subdivision and land development plans, whether major or minor, upon submission to the duly authorized representative of the Township, shall be referred to the Planning Commission for review.
The Planning Commission shall make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning approval, disapproval, modification and/or conditions for approval of such plans.
The Planning Commission shall make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning the interpretation of and the making of modifications to provisions and standards of this Part 1.