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Zoning

One of the important goals established in the Lower Alsace Township/Mount Penn Borough Joint Comprehensive Plan is to sustain and enhance the economic vitality of the Township and the Borough while maintaining the small town character.

Lower Alsace Township together with the officials of Mount Penn Borough are taking very positive steps towards achieving that goal by updated of the municipal land use regulations with a Joint Zoning Ordinance. Working with Mount Penn Borough officials we hope to share land uses where they are most appropriate in each community; develop an up to date, comprehensive set of regulations that will include design and performance standards and, if enforced consistently, will help to enhance the quality of life in both communities for many years to come.

Lower Alsace Township has secured three grants to assist with the cost of this important project from the Berks County Commissioners Conservation Zoning Incentive Program, The PA Department of Community and Economic Development Shared Municipal Services Program and from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and the William Penn Foundation in support of the Schuylkill Highlands Mini-Grant Program administered jointly by Natural Lands Trust and Schuylkill River Heritage Association.

The members of the Lower Alsace Township Zoning Task Force consist of the Board of Supervisors, the Township Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board.  The Task Force while working with a Professional Planner, Jerome Skrincosky, President of Hawk Valley Associates, P.C. completed this task with the adoption of the Joint Zoning Ordinance and updated Subdivision / Land Development Ordinances.   

The 2011 Joint Zoning Ordinance was adopted on November 22, 2011.  The ordinance and maps are posted below for your review and convenience:

Zoning Ordinance Table of Contents

Zoning Article 1 – Establishment and Application

Zoning Article 2 – Definitions

Zoning Article 3 – Joint Zoning Map

Zoning Article 4 – Zoning Districts

Zoning Article 5 – Overlay Districts

Zoning Article 6 – Supplemental Regulations

Zoning Article 7 – General Regulations

Zoning Article 8 – Loading and Parking

Zoning Article 9 – Signs

Zoning Article 10 – Nonconformities

Zoning Article 11 – Administration

Zoning Article 12 – Municipal Enactment

Click here to download a printable zoning map updated November 22, 2011

Click here to download an LAT overlay map, updated November 22, 2011.

Click here to download an MPB overlay map, updated November 22,  2011.