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Township of Lower Oxford, PA
Chester County
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[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 100]
This Chapter 27 shall be known and may be cited as the "Lower Oxford Township Zoning Ordinance of 1970," as amended.
[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 101; as amended by Ord. 2-2006, 11/8/2006]
This Chapter 27 is enacted to promote, protect and facilitate the public health, safety, morals, general welfare, coordinated and practical community development, proper density of population, the provisions of adequate light and air, police protection, vehicle parking and loading space, transportation, water, sewerage, schools, public grounds and other public requirements, as well as to prevent overcrowding of land, blight, danger and congestion in travel and transportation, loss of health, life or property from fire, flood, panic or other dangers. This Chapter 27 is enacted in accordance with an overall program, and with consideration for the character of the Township, its various parts and the suitability of the various parts for particular uses and structures. This Chapter 27, as amended, makes adequate provision for various high density residential uses including manufactured home parks, apartments, townhouses, and various other legitimate high-density uses.
[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 102]
The Comprehensive Plan, in accordance with which this Chapter 27 is enacted and which is reflected in the provisions of this Chapter 27, has been formulated to implement the purpose set forth in § 27-101 hereinabove, in the respect stated, and more particularly with a view toward the following community development objectives:
Guiding and encouraging the future development of the Township in accordance with comprehensive planning of land use and population density that represents the most beneficial and convenient relationship among the residential, commercial, and recreational areas within the Township, having regard to their suitability for the various uses appropriate to each of them and their potentiality for such uses.
Protecting the character and the social and economic stability of each of such areas and encouraging their orderly and beneficial growth.
Protecting and conserving the value of land and buildings throughout the Township appropriate to the various zoning districts established herein.
Bringing about through proper timing, the gradual conformity of land use to the comprehensive plan aforesaid, and minimizing conflicts among the users of land and buildings.
Aiding in bringing about the most beneficial relationship between land use and the circulation of traffic throughout the Township, having particular regard to traffic, and to the avoidance of congestion in the streets and the provision of safe and convenient access appropriate to the various land uses.
Aiding in providing a guide for public policy and action in the efficient provision of public facilities and services, in the provision of safe and proper sanitary sewage disposal, and for private enterprise in building development, investment, and other economic activity relating to land use.
[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 103]
In interpreting and applying the provisions of this Chapter 27, they shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promulgation of the aforementioned purposes and objectives.
[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 104]
Except as otherwise specifically stated, it is not intended by this Chapter 27 to repeal, abrogate, annul, or interfere with any existing ordinance or enactment or with any rule, regulation or permit adopted or issued thereunder except insofar as the same may be inconsistent or in conflict with any of the provisions of this Chapter 27, provided that where this Chapter 27 imposes greater restrictions upon the use of buildings or land, then the provisions of this Chapter 27 shall control.