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Every summer, the Township receives a number of calls about the height of grass in developed communities. There are two sections of the Code that deal with tall vegetation. One provision is in the Nuisance Ordinance. This regulation prohibits the growth of noxious and invasive vegetation above 12 inches. The other provision is in the Zoning Ordinance. This regulation applies to residential properties (mainly those that are three acres or less) and requires that lawn areas be controlled to a maximum height of 12 inches during the growing season (with a few exceptions). On the occasion that the Township determines that there is a violation, we must proceed through an established enforcement process. Therefore, it can take several weeks – even months – to resolve a violation of this nature. To report a complaint, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under current Township ordinances, bamboo is not prohibited from being planted, but we want to advise residents that once planted, it is very difficult to contain and/or remove. The Township does not regulate bamboo encroachment from one property to another. That said, if bamboo (or any vegetation) creates a hazard on a roadway, the Township can require property owners to prevent it from interfering with the road.
The Zoning Ordinance allows chickens on properties that are at least one acre in size with a limit of six chickens per acre and a maximum of 30 chickens allowed. To review the additional requirements for keeping chickens on your property, please visit Section 115-75 of the Township Code (“Keeping of Animals”).
While burning for the purpose of getting rid of brush and yard debris is not permitted, a few burning activities are allowed. Open burning regulations are contained in Chapter 76 of the Township Code and the application form is available on the Documents and Forms webpage. Questions should be directed to the Township Fire Marshal, Rich Hicks.
If you are thinking of installing a fence on your property, there are a few things you need to know.
Certificates of occupancy are not required for residential resale, but they are required for commercial resale and for all new construction.
Do you have an old car or RV on your property that you have been meaning to dispose of? There are a number of things you should about storing vehicles on your property.
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Each year the Township fields phone calls from residents who believe their mailbox was hit by a plow truck during a snow event. Occasionally, this does happen. In the event a snowplow physically hits and damages the mailbox and/or post, we will reimburse the property owner up to a maximum cost of $100. But more often than not, it is simply the force of the snow coming off the plow blade that causes a mailbox to come off its post or a rotted post to break off. It is not caused by the plow actually hitting the box or post, but by the weight of the snow itself. In these instances, the property owner is responsible for the repairs or replacement. Residents must report any claim of damage to the Township within three business days of the snow event by contacting our office (610-436-5108). A Public Works employee will inspect the damage and determine the cause.