Official Boards, Commissions, and Committees
The responsibility for local governance involves many residents serving on a variety of appointed panels. The size, terms, responsibilities, schedules, and essential powers of these bodies are noted below. All members of these boards and commissions are appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
These include a Planning Advisory Commission, a Zoning Hearing Board, a Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals, Environmental Advisory Committee, and a Library Board of Trustees. Special purpose and ad hoc committees are also formed by the Board of Supervisors as needed. Their meeting schedules and agendas vary. Final decisions, however, reside with the Board of Supervisors. Every meeting includes an opportunity for local residents to address its members about any issue, regardless of whether it is on or off the agenda.
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Building and Fire Codes Board of Appeals
Hears and rules on appeals by applicants to approve variances from the exact provisions of the Building/Fire Official, under the B.O.C.A. Building and Fire Prevention Codes enforced by the Township. For information, contact the Township Manager’s Office.
Environmental Advisory Committee
Careful planning and strict guidelines have gone a long way toward making sure development in the Township has as little environmental impact as possible. In the immediate future, the Committee intends to focus on enhancing the open space and buffer requirements, developing incentives for environmental quality measures and evaluating landscape requirements.
Library Board of Trustees
Governs the Township’s Public Library, hires staff members, sets objectives, controls its finances, and formulates its operating policies.
Planning Advisory Commission
Reviews all development plans submitted by builders within the Township, suggests modifications where needed, advises the Supervisors on development matters under the Township Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and Comprehensive Plan, and recommends appropriate actions.
Planning Advisory Commission Meetings
Zoning Hearing Board
Hears and rules on appeals by applicants for variances or special exceptions from determinations by the Zoning Officer under provisions of the Township Zoning Ordinance.
Periodically, the Board of Supervisors creates special-purpose Ad-Hoc Committees to advise them on particular projects.