Township of Moon, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004; as added by Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Historic District Ordinance."
[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004; as amended by Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
Pursuant to authority contained in the Pennsylvania Historic District Act, 53 P.S. § 8001 et seq., as amended, this chapter is hereby established for the creation and regulation of historic districts within the Township.
[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004]
The historic districts established pursuant to this chapter are created for the following purposes:
A. 
As stated in Article I, § 27, of the Pennsylvania Constitution: "The people have the right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustees of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."
B. 
The purpose and intent of this chapter is to promote, protect, enhance, perpetuate, and preserve historic districts for the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation, protection and regulation of buildings, structures, and areas of historic interest or importance within the Township; to safeguard the heritage of the Township by preserving and regulating historic districts which reflect elements of its cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history; to preserve and enhance the environmental quality of neighborhoods, to strengthen the Township's economic base by the stimulation of the tourist industry; to establish and improve property values; to foster economic development, to foster civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the Township past; and to preserve and protect the cultural, historical and architectural assets of the Township for which the Township has been determined to be of local, state or national, historical and/or architectural significance.
[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004; as amended by Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
ALTERATION
Any act or process requiring a building permit under the Construction Code [Chapter 5, Part 1] and any other act or process not requiring a building permit but specifically listed in this chapter as a reviewable action including, without limitation, the repair, replacement, reconstruction, demolition or relocation of any structure or object, or any part of a structure which is visible from the public way.
BUILDING
Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy (human or animal), including manufactured homes.
BUILDING PERMIT
An approval statement signed by the Code Official authorizing the construction, alteration, reconstruction, repair, restoration, demolition or razing of all or part of any building or structure within a historic district.
BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION
The request for a building permit filled by any person with the Code Official that seeks authorization to erect, alter, reconstruct, repair, restore, demolish, or raze all or a part of any building or structure within a historic district that requires a certificate of appropriateness.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS
The approval statement issued by the Board of Supervisors which certifies to the historical appropriateness of a particular request for the erection, addition, reconstruction, demolition or razing of all or a part of any building or structure within a historic district and authorizes the issuance of a building permit for said request.
COMPLETED APPLICATION
An administratively complete permit or certificate of appropriateness application filed with the Township which conforms to the relevant submittal criteria under this chapter; including the payment of the requisite filing fee.
DEMOLITION
The dismantling or tearing down of all or part of any building and all operations incidental thereto, including neglecting routine maintenance and repairs, which can lead to deterioration and decay.
DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT
The absence of routine maintenance and repair which can lead to a building's or structure's structural weakness, decay and deterioration resulting in its demolition.
ERECTION
The result of construction such as a building, structure, monument, sign or object on the ground or on a structure or building.
HISTORIC DISTRICT
A historic district within the Township established by this chapter and specifically delineated by § 11-105 hereof.
HISTORIC DISTRICT ACT
The Pennsylvania Historic District Act, 53 P.S. § 8001 et seq., as amended.
HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD (HARB)
The Township agency that advises the Board of Supervisors on any request (including, but not limited to, a building permit application or request for certificate of appropriateness) for authorization to erect, alter, reconstruct, repair, restore or demolish all or part of any building within a historic district.
RECONSTRUCTION
The act or process of reproducing by new construction the exact form and detail of a building, structure, or object, or a part thereof, as it appeared at a specific period of time but not necessarily of original material.
SIGN
Any display, structure or device used to attract attention by work and/or graphic display.
STRUCTURE
Anything constructed or erected, where the use of which requires a fixed location on the ground or an attachment to something having a fixed location on the ground, including, but not limited to, buildings, storage sheds, carports, garages, porches, freestanding signs and free standing walls.
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Editor's Note: See also the general definitions contained in Chapter 1, Part 1, of this Code.
[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004; as amended by Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
1. 
Mooncrest Heritage Conservation District. The Mooncrest Heritage Conservation District, as described on the map attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit 11-A, is hereby created and established as a historic district pursuant to the Historic District Act and this chapter.
2. 
(Reserved)