Bucks County Herald

Solebury tackles a daunting to-do list

Signs laws, doggie day care, a growing zoning ordinance

BIRGITTA WOLFE

A to-do list ranging from bewildering sign laws, to doggie day care regulations, and mountainous paper copies of the township’s expanding zoning ordinance faced the Solebury Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday morning work session.

“The township’s ordinance on signs is the most complex I’ve seen,” said township solicitor Jordan Yeager.

“It was drawn up by a committee. Right?” he asked sarcastically.

Township Manager Dennis Carney said in some cases the ordinance is difficult to enforce.

Yeager cited a case in another township where the offender was told his sign was too big, so he took a saw to it right down the middle, claiming he now had two conforming signs.

Noting “the ordinance has been in need of change for a while,” the solicitor distributed copies of a sample ordinance to consider and receive feedback on.

“It’s going to be a long process,” Carney noted.

“The level of displeasure with signs in Solebury is higher than in most places,” Yeager said. “If you’re looking for black and white answers, you will be disappointed.”

The doggie question arose earlier when some residents requested a doggie day care facility and a park area set aside for dogs.

It was agreed that Yeager would send a draft ordinance for review to the township planning commission spelling out where and under what circumstances such facilities would be allowed.

It was agreed that the burden of printing and updating the township’s ever-growing Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) will be solved by putting it all on the township web site. One paper copy will be kept for the township and one for its solicitor.

Currently paper updates are received twice a year, with the latest costing $6,000, Carney said. Residents or businesses that want a copy now pay $200 for the 4-inch thick book and are notified of paper updates, which cost an additional $25.

Some residents of Centre Bridge have expressed interest in the neighborhood becoming a Historic District subject to the Historic and Architectural Review Board (HARB) regulations for such zones.

The supervisors suggested the residents should discuss it with HARB.

So far, only Carversville and Phillips Mill residents have voted to become Historic Districts.

In other matters, the annual Solebury Community Meeting with the public, the board of supervisors and representatives of the state Department of Environmental Protection will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Municipal Building to discuss the status of work at the New Hope Crushed Stone quarry.

The state has ordered the 210-acre Phillips Mill Road quarry reclamation and Primrose Creek stream restoration to be completed by March 2019.




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