The Municipalities Planning Code permits municipalities to declare a portion or its entire zoning ordinance invalid and then take action to remedy the issue. The Township determined the Park and Recreation zoning classification to be substantially invalid after a review of the classification and the permitted uses under the zoning.
The vote to declare the Park and Recreation zoning classification invalid means the Township has 180 days from December 19, 2017 to adopt a zoning amendment that cures the issues that the Township identifies as making the classification invalid. The Township will consider a resolution within 30 days that will further detail why the present classification is invalid.
The Supervisors took the action to protect properties zoned Park and Recreation from over-development. A landowner could have challenged the validity of the zoning classification and won relief in court.
Click here for a question and answer on the declaration.