This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Edgewood Borough Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance."
The purpose of this chapter is the promotion of the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the present and future inhabitants of Edgewood Borough by:
Guiding the future growth and development of the Borough.
Providing for adequate natural light, air and privacy.
Securing safety from fire, flood and other danger.
Encouraging the orderly and beneficial development of all parts of the Borough.
Guiding public and private policy and action in order to provide adequate and efficient transportation, water, sewage, recreation and public improvements and facilities.
Establishing reasonable standards of design and procedures for land development and the use of land.
Ensuring the availability of public facilities and their capacity to serve the proposed or development.
Ensuring that streets in and bordering a land development be coordinated and be of such widths and grades and in such locations as are deemed necessary to accommodate prospective traffic and facilitate fire protection and the passage of other emergency vehicles.
Ensuring the adequacy of drainage facilities, including adequate easements and rights-of-way to be provided and encouraging the appropriate use and management of natural resources.
Encouraging and promoting flexibility, economy and ingenuity in the layout and design of subdivisions and land developments, including provisions authorizing the planning agency to alter site requirements and encouraging other practices which are in accordance with modern and evolving principals of site planning and development.
In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this chapter shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety and general welfare.
This chapter shall not, in general, apply to any existing lot(s) or development(s), provided that such lot(s) or development(s) were in a legally subdivided, recorded plan on the effective date of this chapter. In cases where said lot(s) or development(s) are re-subdivided or become part of a further or new plan, such lot(s) or development(s) may require compliance with any or all of these regulations as recommended by the Borough Planning Commission and determined by the Borough Council.
The Borough Council of the Borough of Edgewood is authorized, subject to the holding of the required public hearing, to adopt rules and regulations concerning plans for land development and may approve, conditionally approve or disapprove plans of development falling within its jurisdiction.
The Borough Planning Commission is hereby designated as an advisory body to the Borough Council of Edgewood and is charged by Borough Council with the duty of making investigations, reports and recommendations on the plans, specifications and design of both improvements and the construction of proposed land developments and is hereby authorized to review and recommend to Borough Council that Council either grant approval, conditional approval or disapproval of applications for land development plan approval.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all the area within the boundaries of the Borough of Edgewood, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, excluding all land owned by the Borough of Edgewood. The use of all Borough land shall be at the discretion of the Edgewood Borough Council.
On or after the effective date of this chapter, no land development of any lot, tract or parcel of land shall be made and no street, alley, sanitary sewer, storm drain, water main, gas, oil or transmission line or other improvements in connection therewith shall be laid out, constructed or dedicated for public use or travel or for the common use of the occupants of a building abutting thereon, except in direct accordance with this chapter.
On or after the effective date of this chapter, no development, except those heretofore recorded, may be sold, no permit to erect, alter or repair any building upon the land may be issued and no building may be erected unless and until a plan of such shall have been approved and properly recorded, until the improvements required by the Borough Council in connection therewith shall have either been constructed or guaranteed as required by this chapter.
Attached to this chapter are appendixes detailing specifications with respect to standards set forth in this chapter. These appendixes may be changed from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council, as Borough conditions and accepted engineering practices warrant.
Editor's Note: The appendixes are on file in the Borough offices.