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|
|Christian Davis (Soliciter)|
|Arlene LaRosa (Court Reporter)|
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
|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|