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Township of Lower Oxford, PA
Chester County
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[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 300]
It is the intention of the Board in enacting these procedures to provide the applicant with a timely and comprehensive review of plans submitted for subdivision and/or land development. To this end, the following classifications of plans are established as hereinafter provided:
1. 
Sketch plans.
2. 
Preliminary plans.
3. 
Final plans.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 301; as revised by Ord. 2-93, 1/6/1993, § 2]
1. 
Chester County Planning Commission. One copy of a preliminary major plan or final minor subdivision or land development plan shall be submitted to the Chester County Planning Commission for their review and comment.
2. 
Chester County Health Department. One copy of a preliminary major or final minor subdivision or land development plan along with the applicable planning module documents shall be submitted to the Chester County Health Department for their review and comment.
3. 
Chester County Soil and Water Conservation District. One copy of the preliminary major subdivision or land development plan shall be submitted to the Chester County Soil and Water Conservation District for review of matters relating to drainage and abatement of soil erosion.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 302]
1. 
The sketch plan procedures are enacted to afford the applicant the opportunity to submit information for review and informal discussion with the Township and various county agencies before engaging in the detailed engineering design required for the preparation of preliminary and final plans. Submission of a sketch plan shall not constitute formal filing of a plan with the Board. As such, this procedure is voluntary and not subject to the time limitations imposed by the Act on consideration of formal preliminary and final plans, hereinafter provided. It shall be the objective of the Board, however, to receive comments from the review agencies outlined below, correlate the comments submitted, and reply to the applicant as promptly as possible.
2. 
Sufficient copies of sketch plans for subdivision or land development, as further described in Part 4, shall be supplied to the appointed Township Official.
A. 
One copy for the appointed Township Official's file.
B. 
Three copies for county agencies.
C. 
One copy may be submitted to the Township Engineer. The Township Engineer will review the plan with particular emphasis on site feasibility, including consideration of on-site sewage disposal, where indicated, slopes and drainage. The Township Engineer shall submit his written comments to the Planning Commission within 20 days after receipt of the plan.
D. 
One copy to the Planning Commission. In addition to comments, which may be submitted by the Township Engineer and Chester County Agencies, the Planning Commission shall consider the suitability of the plan for the development of the land and its relationship to the harmonious extension of streets and utilities, arrangement and density of housing, and compatibility of the Plan with the Comprehensive Plan for the Township. The Planning Commission shall submit its written comments to the Board within 30 days after receipt of the Plan.
E. 
One copy of the Plan to the Board. As far as may be practical on the basis of a sketch plan, after receipt of written comments of the Planning Commission, Township Engineer, and the Chester County Agencies, and any other agencies deemed to have an interest, the Board shall advise the applicant as promptly as possible of the extent to which the proposed subdivision conforms to the requirements of existing ordinances and will discuss possible plan modifications necessary to secure conformance.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 303; as amended by Ord. 6/24/1987, 6/24/1978; by Ord. 1-93, 1/6/1993; and by Ord. 2-93, 1/6/1993, § 3]
1. 
A preliminary plan for a major subdivision or land development plan prepared in accordance with the requirements set forth in Part 4 shall be submitted to the Code Enforcement Officer accompanied by an executed Professional Plan Review Services Escrow Agreement which establishes a Professional Services Escrow in the amount established by resolution by the Board of Supervisors. Eight copies shall be submitted for the following distribution:
A. 
One copy for the appointed Township Official's file.
B. 
Three copies for county agencies.
C. 
One copy to the Township Engineer. The review by the Township Engineer shall include an examination of the content of the plans to be certain that all information required by this Chapter 22 is presented in the plans submitted, an investigation of the plan to be certain that all other Township ordinances are complied with, an examination of the engineering feasibility of the various schemes presented for the location, alignment and grade of streets, storm water drainage, sanitary sewers and water supply. The Township Engineer shall confer with the applicant to the extent necessary to obtain conformity of the plan with these regulations and to comment upon the matter subject to his review. He shall forward his written comments on the Plan to the Planning Commission within 20 days.
D. 
One copy to the Planning Commission. Upon receipt of the comments of the Township Engineer and the Chester County agencies, the Planning Commission shall at their next scheduled public meeting examine the plan with particular emphasis on determining the suitability of the plan for the development of the land and its relationship to the harmonious extension of streets and utilities, arrangement and density of housing or other uses, and compatibility of the plan with the Comprehensive Plan for the Township. In the review of land development plans, the Planning Commission shall also be concerned with the adequacy of parking, surface and storm drainage, access and landscaping or other related design standards. The written comments and recommendations of the Planning Commission, along with the written comments of the Township Engineer and the Chester County agencies shall be forwarded to the Board within 10 days of completion of the Planning Commission's review.
E. 
One copy to the Board. The Board may, before acting on the subdivision or land development plan, arrange for a public hearing thereof subject to public notice.
F. 
Submit four copies of the Planning Module for Land Development with Preliminary Plan.
2. 
In acting on the preliminary subdivision or land development plan, the Board shall review the plan and the written comments of the Township Engineer, the Planning Commission, the Chester County Planning Commission and all other reviewing agencies, and comments from public hearings, if any, to determine its conformance to existing ordinances. Notwithstanding the foregoing procedures, the Board shall act on all preliminary plans within 90 days from the date of the next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting after the receipt of a complete application for subdivision and land development. The Code Enforcement Officer shall determine the completeness of the application within 10 days after receipt of the applicant's submittal. In the event that the plan is determined to be incomplete, the Code Enforcement Officer shall return all components of the application including the application fee.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 304; as amended by Ord. 6/24/1987, 6/24/1987; by Ord. 1-93, 1/6/1993; and by Ord. 2-93, 1/6/1993, § 4]
1. 
Within one year after the Board's action on a preliminary major subdivision or land development plan, a final major plan and necessary supporting data shall be submitted to the Board for final approval; provided, however, that an extension of time may be granted by the Board upon written request. Otherwise, the plan submitted shall be considered as a new preliminary major plan.
2. 
The final plan for subdivision or land development shall conform in all important respects with the preliminary plan as previously reviewed by the Board, except that it shall incorporate modifications and revisions specified by the Board in its review of the preliminary plan.
3. 
The final plan and profile plan with supporting data, prepared in accordance with the requirements set forth in Part 4, shall be submitted in four copies to the appointed Township Official. These copies shall be distributed as follows:
A. 
One copy for the appointed Township Official's file.
B. 
One copy to the Township Engineer. The review by the Township Engineer shall include an examination of the content of the plans to be certain that all information and changes required by this Chapter 22 and by the Board in its review of the preliminary plan are presented in the plans submitted; an investigation of the plan to be certain that all other Township ordinances are complied with, and an examination of the engineering feasibility of the final designs presented for the location, alignment and grade of streets, storm water drainage, sanitary sewers, and water supply. The Township Engineer shall forward his written comments on the plan to the Planning Commission within 20 days.
C. 
One copy to the Planning Commission. Upon receipt of the written comments of the Township Engineer and the Chester County Planning Commission, the Planning Commission shall at their next scheduled public meeting review the plan and within five days submit in writing to the Board their recommendations for the approval or disapproval of the plan and the reasons thereof.
D. 
One copy to the Board.
4. 
Upon the Planning Commission's recommendation for approval of the final plan, the Township Engineer shall estimate the cost of all public improvements to be dedicated to the Township and forward a copy of such cost estimate to the Board within 10 days.
5. 
Upon receipt of the Planning Commission's recommendations, the Board shall review the final plan at the next scheduled public meeting for that purpose and shall approve or disapprove the plan. Whenever a plan is not approved, the reasons for such actions shall be stated in writing. Notwithstanding the foregoing procedure, the Board shall act on all final plans within 90 days from the date of the next regular meeting of the Planning Commission following the date the application is filed, unless the applicant agrees in writing to extend such time.
6. 
Every final approval of a plan shall be subject to the following conditions:
A. 
That the landowner shall agree in writing in a form to be approved or prepared by the Solicitor of the Township that he will lay out the roads, streets, lanes, alleys and/or easements, and construct or cause to be constructed, all of the improvements in accordance with the approved final plans.
B. 
The landowner shall provide assurance to the Township under the provisions of § 22-901 (Completion of Improvements or Guarantee Thereof, Prerequisite to Final Plat Approval) of this chapter, that all improvements will be completed or that there will be funds or securities in escrow sufficient to cover the cost of public improvements shown on the final plan and intended for dedication to the Township, and that such public improvements shall subsequently be installed by the applicant according to Township specifications.
C. 
The landowner agrees, if requested, to tender a deed of dedication to the Township for such streets, and all easements for sanitary sewers, water lines or storm sewers, and improvements thereto including street paving, sidewalks, shade trees, water mains, fire hydrants, sanitary and storm sewers, manholes, inlets, pumping stations and other appurtenances as shall be required for the promotion of public welfare, after all streets, sidewalks, sewers and the like are completed and such completion is certified as satisfactory by the Township Engineer. The Board may require that the applicant supply a Title Insurance Certificate from a reputable company before any property is accepted for the Township.
D. 
The Board may authorize submission of final plans by sections or stages subject to the provision of agreements and guarantees provided in Subsections (A) through (C) above and further subject to guarantees as to improvements in future sections or stages of development as it finds essential for the protection of any finally approved section of development.
7. 
Upon completion of necessary reviews of final plans for subdivision or land development, the applicant shall present clear, reproducible copies of all final plans and profiles for formal approval by the Board. One black on white print of the plans which are submitted for approval shall be supplied to the Board.
8. 
After final approval of the subdivision plan, the plan shall be recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Chester County within 90 days by the landowner. One copy of the recorded plan shall be returned for the appointed official file, within 15 days after recording. The Board shall not require that plans for land development be recorded except where subdivision of the lot or lots involved is contemplated.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 305]
No water system or sewer system including extension to existing or proposed Township systems or new systems employing sewage treatment plants shall be constructed prior to the issuance of appropriate permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources or from federal or local agencies as required.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 306]
No application for a building permit under the regulations of Chapter 27 of this Code shall be submitted, and no building permit under the regulations of Chapter 27 of this Code shall be issued for any building in any subdivision or land development, and no building shall be erected in any subdivision or land development, and no work shall be done on any building in any subdivision or land development until the final plans for the said subdivision or land development have been approved as provided for.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 307]
If no improvements are constructed in accordance with an approved final plan within three years after the date of the preliminary plan approval by the Board, said approval shall be null and void.