Zoning Hearing Board

The Township’s Zoning Hearing Board hears variance and special exception requests and makes decisions on same.  Also hears challenges to validity of Zoning Ordinances.

The Zoning Hearing Board meets the third Monday of the month from March through December at 7:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room at the Township Building, located at 214 Sykes Lane. In January and February, it meets on the second Monday of the month.  All meetings are open to the public.  Agendas are available in advance of the meetings.  Meeting minutes generally are not available.

The Zoning Hearing Board has five members who are appointed by the Board of Commissioners and serve five-year terms without compensation.  The Board of Commissioners also may appoint alternative members who serve three-year terms. The Zoning Hearing Board has its own solicitor.

Zoning Hearing Board Members Term Expires
Jeffrey Sobel (Chair) 31-Dec-25
Hugh Gillespie 31-Dec-21
Robert George 31-Dec-25
Adam Fernandez 31-Dec-25
Kenneth Ezzell 31-Dec-21
Alternate Members  
Marie McGuire  
Christian Davis (Soliciter)  
Arlene LaRosa (Court Reporter)  

Zoning FAQs

Question: What Is Zoning?

Answer:  Zoning is the regulation of land use.  It covers topics such as what type of use can be conducted on a piece of land (i.e. residential, office, rental, industrial, etc.).  It also regulates how big a piece of land needs to be, how close to a property line a building can be placed, how big a building can be erected, etc.

Question: Why Have Zoning?

Answer:  Zoning is created to ensure the intelligent development of land, and that development on one lot will not adversely affect adjacent lots, or the Township as a whole.  The end result of zoning determines the impact on housing density, traffic, stormwater run-off, school capacity, police and fire response requirements, removal of trees, etc.  In short, zoning affects the overall quality of life in our Township.                                                              

Question: What Is The Current Township Zoning?    

Answer:  Nether Providence Township is 4.64 square miles (2,970 acres), and has a population of approximately 14,000 people.  About 90% of the Township is zoned residential, which is why townships such as ours are often referred to as “bedroom communities”, meaning we have little commercial or industrial activity.

Question:   How Are The Residential Areas Currently Zoned?       

Answer:  We have ten (10) residential zoning districts, with the following lot sizes:                                                                                                                                 District          Minimum Lot Sizes           Acres

 R-1A                         30,000                         0.69

                                                                                                                                                                        R-1                                    20,000                         0.45

                                                                                                                                                                        R-2                                    14,000                         0.32

                                                                                                                                                                        R-3                                      9,000                           0.20

                                                                                                                                                                        R-3A                                      7,000                           0.16

                                                                                                                                                                        R-3B                                      4,000                           0.09

                                                                                                                                                                        R-4                                      4,000                           0.09

                                                                                                                                                                        R-5                                      3,000                           0.06

                                                                                                                                                                        R-5A/R-5B (Apts.)            N/A                               –           

The R-1 and R-1A combined occupy approximately 50% of the total residential zoning land area.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

April 18, 2016

Meeting Date Agenda
January 11, 2016  January Advertisement
January 11, 2016  Continuance Notice 224 N Prov Rd.
February 8, 2016 Continuance Notice 224 N Prov Feb.
March 21, 2016 No Hearing
April 18, 2016 April Advertisement
May 16, 2016 No Hearing
June 20, 2016 Continuance 224 N Prov Rd June
July 18, 2016 Continuance 224 N Prov Rd July
August 15, 2016 August Advertisement
September 19, 2016  September Agenda
October 17, 2016  October Agenda
November 21, 2016 November Agenda
December 19, 2016 December Agenda
January 9, 2017 No Meeting
February 13, 2017  February Agenda
March 20, 2017  Continuance Notice 501 S Providence Rd
April 17, 2017  April Agenda
May 15, 2017  May Agenda
June 19, 2017 June Agenda
July 17, 2017  No Meeting
August 21, 2017  August Agenda
September 18, 2017  September Agenda
October 16, 2017  October Agenda
November 20, 2017  November Agenda
December 18 , 2017  December Agenda
January 8, 2018  January Agenda