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Zoning Hearing Board
Expiration of special exception and variances, refiling.
1. A special exception or variance shall expire if the applicant fails to obtain a zoning permit within six months of the date of the granting of the special exception or variance.
2. No person shall refile an application for a special exception or variance for one year after an application for substantially the same relief has been denied by the Zoning Hearing Board.
Powers and duties; challenge to validity of Zoning Ordinance or Map.
The Board shall hear challenges to the validity of this chapter or the Zoning Map, except as indicated in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247, Sections 1003 and 1004(1)(b). In all such challenges, the Board shall take evidence and make a record thereon as provided in § 27-2302. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board shall decide all contested questions and shall make findings on all relevant issues of fact, which shall become part of the record to the court.
Time limitations.
1. No person shall be allowed to file any proceeding with the Zoning Hearing Board later than 30 days after an application for development, preliminary or final, has been approved by the Township if such proceeding is designed to secure reversal or to limit the approval in any manner, unless such person alleges and proves that he had no notice, knowledge or reason to believe that such approval had been given. If such person has succeeded to his interest after such approval, he shall be bound by the knowledge of his predecessor in interest. The failure of anyone other than the landowner to appeal from an adverse decision on a tentative plan or from an adverse decision by the Zoning Officer on a challenge to the validity of this chapter or an amendment hereto or map or an amendment thereto shall preclude an appeal from a final approval except in the case where the final submission substantially deviates from the approved tentative approval.
2. All appeals from determinations adverse to the landowner shall be filed by the landowner within 30 days after notice of the determination is issued.
The applicant for any hearing before the Zoning Hearing Board shall, at the time of making application, pay to the Zoning Officer, for the use of the Township, a fee in accordance with a fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Township Supervisors upon enactment of this chapter or as such schedule may be amended from time to time.
See Zoning Hearing Board and Part 23: Zoning Hearing Board for the board's powers, duties and jurisdiction.