Taylor Borough Zoning Hearing Board
Zoning Hearing Board
The successful operation of a borough is a complex task requiring the time and effort of many individuals—both elected and appointed. The Borough Code and other state enabling legislation allow councils to enlist the capabilities of citizens through the establishment of various advisory boards and commissions. Although a few of these bodies are mandatory, such as zoning hearing boards in communities that have adopted zoning ordinances, many others are permissive. The use of advisory boards and commissions not only allows councils to draw on the talents and abilities of citizens with particular expertise, but also provides a channel for citizens to become more directly involved in municipal government. The members of Taylor Borough advisory bodies serve without compensation and contribute many valuable hours of service to the community.
The Taylor Borough Zoning Hearing Board consists of five members and two alternates, appointed by Tyalor Borough Council The Board helps to ensure fair and equitable application and administration of the Borough’s Zoning Ordinance. This is accomplished through various means such as hearing appeals for variances, special exceptions on the Zoning Officer’s determinations, and by granting relief from ordinances in certain hardship situations.
The Zoning Hearing Board does not have the power to make or modify zoning policy and also has no enforcement powers. The Borough Zoning Officer handles enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
The Zoning Hearing Board functions as a quasi-judicial body by scheduling hearings and appeals, taking evidence, and issuing written decisions in accordance with the law.
The Board plays a vital role in developing a more effective Zoning Ordinance by working to detect weaknesses in the Borough’s zoning law. It may also request the Planning Commission to consider a zoning amendment.
Zoning Committee for the Borough of Taylor (PA-USA) meets on an as needed basis. Persons needing to contact the committee are asked to call (570) 562-1400 during regular business hours.
Al Vanchieri, Chairperson
William Czachor, Vice Chairperson
Solicitor, Attorney Dan Penetar
Karen Pinnell, Alternate
Steve Yakubisin, Alternate
Zoning Board Information
Zoning Officer: David Graham
122 Union Street Taylor, PA 18517
Phone: (570) 562-1400 Ext. 130
Fax: (570) 562-1415
9.150 COMPLAINTS of VIOLATIONS
When a violation of this Ordinance occurs, any person may file a complaint in regard thereto. All such complaints must be in writing and shall be filed with the Zoning Officer, who shall properly record such complaint and immediately investigate and report thereon.
Fees for Zoning Permits Not Requiring Board Action $40.00 (forty dollars)
Zoning permits for business and outdoor advertising signs $50.00 (fifty dollars)
9.630 OCCUPANCY PERMITS
Occupancy permits $25.00 (twenty-five dollars)
Applications requiring Board Action, including appeals for variances, requests for amendments, applications for special uses, applications for rehearing on appeals and applications $400.00 (four hundred dollars)
Fees are intended to cover the cost of advertising and other costs of administering applications requiring Board Action, including, but not limited to stenographic recordings of proceedings. In the event that actual costs are less than the fee paid with the application the Borough shall refund surplus payments in excess of $25.00 (twenty-five dollars)
ORDINANCE No. 174 of 1991
Section 1. The Taylor Borough Building Code is amended as follows:
The following fees shall be paid to the Building Inspector upon approval of an application for a building permit and shall apply to construction, renovations and demolition:
In-ground Pools: fee of $25.00
Above ground Pools: fee of $15.00
Sewer Permits: for hook-up $25.00 and a $300.00† refundable deposit
In 2008, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. The law requires that all contractors who perform at least $5,000 worth of home improvements per year register with the Attorney General’s Office.