The Zoning Hearing Board consists of three members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The Board consists of residents of the Township. Their terms of office are three years and are fixed that the term of office of one member shall expire each year. There are also two alternate members on this Board.
 
The Board elects from its own membership its officers, who serve annual terms. A quorum is not less than two members of the Board, but the Board may appoint a hearing officer from its own membership to conduct any hearing on its behalf and the parties may waive further action by the Board.
 
The Board conducts hearings and makes decisions in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance. They have the exclusive jurisdiction to hear and render decisions.
    
ZONING HEARING BOARD SOLICITOR:
 
According to the Municipalities Planning Code, the Township Solicitor cannot serve as Solicitor for the Zoning Hearing Board.  The Zoning Hearing Board has the exclusive right to appoint its own solicitor and the municipality retains only the "power of the purse." This individual must be a registered professional lawyer.
 
DUTIES:
A.  Reviews all applications for a zoning hearing and schedules the hearing with the members of the Zoning Hearing Board.
B.  Guides the Zoning Hearing Board members in all matters concerning the law.
C.  At the direction of the members of the Zoning Hearing Board, writes up the final decision and mails it to the applicant.
D.  Works in unison with the Zoning Officer on all hearings or potential hearings.
 
SELECTION PROCESS:
The selection of a solicitor is not required to go through the competitive bidding process. While a firm may be selected, most municipalities select an individual.  When that individual is associated with a firm that has other members with a background in municipal law the other members may also be called upon when the need arises.nAppointments are usually made for a one year period.
 
The firm of Goodman & Kenneff represents the Zoning Hearing Board as Solicitor.
 

From the Left: Thomas Goodman, Scott Musser, Shane O'Brien & Wayne Lefever

Zoning Hearing Board
Zoning Hearing Board Phone Term Expires
Scott Musser, Chair 284-2622 2018
Shane O'Brien, Vice Chair 548-4923 2017
Wayne Lefever, Secretary 284-4238 2019
Ronald Cutler, Alternate 548-3638 2019
Scott Ault, Alternate 548-4259 2019
Goodman & Kenneff
Thomas Goodman, Solicitor
872-4605 n/a