Amendments
 

 Zoning Ordinance Amendment Procedure

 

Note: The following is taken from Section 609 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (PMPC).

SECTION 609.  ENACTMENT OF ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS.

(a) For the preparation of amendments to zoning ordinances, the procedure set forth in Section 607 for the preparation of a proposed zoning ordinance shall be optional.

(b) Before voting on the enactment of an amendment, the governing body shall hold a public hearing thereon, pursuant to public notice.

(1) In addition, if the proposed amendment involves a zoning map change, notice of said public hearing shall be conspicuously posted by the municipality at points deemed sufficient by the municipality along the tract to notify potentially interest citizens. The affected tract or area shall be posted at least one week prior to the date of the hearing.
 
(2) In addition to the requirement that notice be posted under clause (1), where the proposed amendment hearing involves a zoning map change, notice of the public hearing shall be mailed by the municipality at least thirty days prior to the date of the hearing by first class mail to the addressees to which real estate tax bills are sent for all real property located within the area being rezoned, as evidenced by tax records within the possession of the municipality.
 
(i) The notice shall include the location, date and time of the public hearing. Good faith effort and substantial compliance shall satisfy the requirement of this subsection.
 
(ii) This clause shall not apply when the rezoning constitutes a comprehensive rezoning.
 

(c) In the case of an amendment other than that prepared by the planning agency, the governing body shall submit each such amendment to the planning agency at least 30 days prior to the hearing on such proposed amendment to provide the planning agency an opportunity to submit recommendations.

(d) If, after any public hearing held upon an amendment, the proposed amendment is changed substantially, or is revised, to include land previously not affected by it, the governing body shall hold another public hearing, pursuant to public notice, before proceeding to vote on the amendment.

(e) If a county planning agency shall have been created for the county in which the municipality proposing the amendment is located, then at least 30 days prior to the public hearing on the amendment by the local governing body, the municipality shall submit the proposed amendment to the county planning agency for recommendation.

(f) The municipality may offer a mediation option as an aid in completing proceedings authorized by this section. In exercising such an option, the municipality and mediating parties shall meet the stipulations and follow procedures set forth in Article IX.

(g) Within 30 days after enactment, a copy of the amendment to the zoning ordinance shall be forwarded to the county planning agency or, in counties where no planning agency exists, to the governing body of the county in which the municipality is located.

 

 Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance Amendment Procedure

 

Note: The following is from Sections 505 & 506 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (PMPC).

SECTION 505. ENACTMENT OF SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE AMENDMENT.

(a) Amendments to the subdivision and land development ordinance shall become effective only after a public hearing held pursuant to public notice in the manner prescribed for enactment of a proposed ordinance by this article. In addition, in case of an amendment other than that prepared by the planning agency, the governing body shall submit each such amendment to the planning agency for recommendations at least 30 days prior to the date fixed for the public hearing on such proposed amendment. If a county planning agency shall have been created for the county in which the municipality proposing the amendment is located, then, at least 30 days prior to the hearing on the amendment, the municipality shall submit the proposed amendment to said county planning agency for recommendations.

(b) Within 30 days after adoption, the governing body of a municipality, other than a county, shall forward a certified copy of any amendment to the subdivision and land development ordinance to the county planning agency or, in counties where no planning agency exists, to the governing body of the county in which the municipality is located.
 

SECTION 506. PUBLICATION, ADVERTISEMENT AND AVAILABILITY OF ORDINANCE.

(a) Proposed subdivision and land development ordinances and amendments shall not be enacted unless notice of proposed enactment is given in the manner set forth in this section, and shall include the time and place of the meeting at which passage will be considered, a reference to the place within the municipality where copies of the proposed ordinance or amendment may be examined without charge or obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof. The governing body shall publish the proposed ordinance or amendment once in one newspaper of general circulation in the municipality not more than 60 days nor less than seven days prior to passage. Publication of the proposed ordinance or amendment shall include either the full text thereof or the title and a brief summary, prepared by the municipal solicitor and setting forth all the provisions in reasonable detail. If the full text is not included:

(1) A copy thereof shall be supplied to a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality at the time the public notice is published.
 
(2) An attested copy of the propose ordinance shall be filed in the county law library or other county office designated by the county commissioners, who may impose a fee no greater than that necessary to cover the actual costs of storing said ordinances.
 

(b) In the event substantial amendments are made in the proposed ordinance or amendment, before voting upon enactment, the governing body shall, at least ten days prior to enactment readvertise, in one newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, a brief summary setting forth all the provisions in reasonable detail together with a summary of the amendments.

 

Subdivision and land development ordinances and amendments may be incorporated into official ordinance books by reference with the same force and effect as if duly recorded therein.