Zoning / Code Enforcement
The purpose of zoning is to provide consistency with the Comprehensive Plan and to protect the public health, safety and welfare. Zoning in North Huntingdon is governed by the Zoning Ordinance # 765, enacted in February, 1991 and has been amended several times through the years. Together, the Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map delineate each zoning district. Different districts may allow different uses, require certain lot sizes and distances between structures and property lines, and may also impose requirements for landscaping, parking, building height, and lot coverage.
In North Huntingdon there are six general zoning districts and several sub-districts. The general zoning districts are Residential (R), Commercial (C), Industrial (I), Planned Residential Development (PRD), Planned Economic Development District (PEDD), and Open Space (O). There are five residential districts and four commercial districts.
Property owners that wish to develop or expand property within the Township must meet the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. If requirements are not met, the Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) is a council-appointed quasi-judicial board that hears appeals from property owners who seek relief form the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. The Township Zoning Officer will assist the public in identifying zoning districts, describing the requirements for each district and guiding residents through the ZHB process.
The Planning & Zoning Department, with assistance from the North Huntingdon Police Department, is also responsible for the enforcement of most municipal codes. These include but are not limited to: burning, land operations, building and property maintenance. Any complaints or questions on these matters should be forwarded to the Code Enforcement Officer. Any Code Enforcement issues involving public health and safety that occur after regular office hours should be directed to the Police Department.
North Huntingdon Township officially adopted the International Building Code in 2006. This model establishes minumum regulations for building systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on broad- base principles that make possible the use of new materials and new designs.
Uniform Construction Code
The UCC governs the following sections:
- International Building Code (IBC) for Commercial
- International Residential Code (IRC)
- International Plumbing Code (IPC)
- International Mechanical Code (IMC)
- International Energy Code (IEC)
- Property Maintenance Code
- Existing Building Code