Zoning Code & SALDO Update

What’s this all about?

In August 2018, Millcreek Township adopted Embrace Millcreek, an implementable comprehensive plan. Based on broadly collected public input, the plan is built around five priority focus areas:

  • Creating a distinctive and high-quality Gateway District to Presque Isle
  • Strengthening neighborhood investment
  • Positioning commercial corridors for adaptation and redevelopment
  • Supporting business development
  • Promoting strong and sustainable stewardship of Township infrastructure

Achieving the plan’s vision through each of these areas will require modernizing Millcreek Township’s zoning code and subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO), its most powerful tools in shaping the form and function of the local built environment.

                                                                        

Updated Zoning Code                     

In September 2019, the Township initiated a rewrite of these ordinances, starting with the zoning code. Zoning regulations divide the Township into districts and regulate the types of land uses that are allowed or prohibited in each. They also control dimensional standards such as lot size and the placement, height and density of buildings, as well as exterior lighting, landscaping and off-street parking, among other elements.                       

Since then, Township staff and elected and appointed officials have been working with assistance from Mackin Engineering Company to draft new regulations and mapping that will precisely and effectively support Millcreek Township’s future land use and development goals.

On this page you can find drafts of the proposed Zoning Code and proposed Zoning Map. The Township will be holding four open house events for interested parties to learn more about the updates, ask questions of Township staff, and submit comments. The comments received will be considered while preparing a final draft. The proposed updates are expected to begin the official adoption processes near the middle of September, with adoption planned before the end of 2021. This page will contain information on the adoption process as it is finalized.

Future Events

Open Houses

Four open house events are scheduled for the public to learn about the proposed changes to the ordinance and the map, ask questions of Township staff, and submit comments to be considered as the final draft is developed.

Public Review Process 

As required for adoption, the Township will circulate a final draft of the ordinance for 45-day public review period and advertise a public hearing.

Meetings of Elected and Appointed Officials

Township Supervisors and the Planning Commission will hold hearings on the changes as part of the adoption process. Check the calendar and upcoming agendas on millcreektownship.com for details.