Services provided by the Municipal
Planning Division include:
Reviews Required by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (PA MPC)
- Proposed Zoning Ordinances and/or Amendments
- Proposed Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances and/or Amendments
- Subdivision and Land Development Plans
- Reviews of Sewage Facilities Planning Modules
Assistance to Municipalities
The Municipal Planning (M/P) staff provide information and assistance to municipal officials and staff, prior to the formal review required by the PA MPC, for the development of and/or revisions to, municipal and multi-municipal plans and ordinances. This work may involve meetings and/or informal reviews. Ordinance assistance is not limited to zoning and subdivision and land development Ordinance, but may involve stand-alone ordinances, including such diverse concerns as the regulation of solar energy systems and flood plain management.
Working with State, Federal and Local Agencies
The M/P staff participate in and assist with special studies and activities which involve Federal, State and local agencies. Examples include the County sponsored U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 206 Codorus Creek Watershed Restoration Report and Environmental Assessment, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) updates of municipal flood plain management Ordinance, outreach efforts of the Bureau of Aviation of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding Airport Hazard Zoning, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, DCED and York County Conservation District’s Flood Plain Monitoring Program.
Review of Act 14 Notices
of Act 1984-14
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requires notification of a municipality by an applicant when an environmental permit or permit renewal/modification is sought for a development/facility. The M/P staff review permit applications involving a broad range of environmental issues, which include air and water quality and solid/hazardous wastes among others.
York County Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (County SaLDO) Amendments
The M/P staff periodically draft amendments to the County SaLDO for consideration by the York County Planning Commission.
Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan
The M/P staff is responsible for York County’s ongoing stormwater planning, under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Act 167 Program. Current efforts involve a number of Municipal, Long Range, Geographic Information System and Support staff in a concerted effort to create a comprehensive Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP), of which stormwater planning is an integral part.
Agricultural Security Area (ASA) Reviews
The M/P staff performs reviews of ASAs at seven year intervals and when a change in an ASA is proposed.
Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC)
The LGAC is comprised of municipal officials who advise the YCPC staff with regard to proposed municipal ordinances and plans which are under review. The M/C staff participate in the LGAC meetings, as does the Assistant Director.
Examples of Committees/Associations in which the Municipal Planning Staff Participate
The M/P staff, along with the YCPC’s Administration and other departments, present workshops for municipal planning commissions, elected officials, solicitors, engineers, surveyors and the public on a variety of topics. In some instances the YCPC partners with other public and private agencies and professionals for such presentations. Workshop topics vary widely, and have included such subjects as transportation, subdivision and land development review, re-zoning requests, solar access and other planning issues.
Education and Presentations
The M/P staff make presentations on request for organizations, institutions and associations. Examples include elementary, middle, high school and college classes; professional associations of related fields such as surveyors, engineers, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association; civic clubs and citizen’s groups.
The M/P staff, and other departments of the YCPC create newsletters, “Planning Perspectives,” which address current issues, legislative changes, court cases and planning techniques which are of interest to municipal officials, public and private professionals, and the general public.