Planning & Zoning Department
The Limerick Township Department of Planning & Zoning is the public point of entry for subdivision and land development applications, zoning changes, conditional uses, special exception uses and Zoning Use Permits, required for all new businesses.
The Department implements the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan, the framework for the future vision of the Township, which considers land use, transportation impacts, open space, trail planning, and street scape beautification standards. Functionally this includes administration of zoning and subdivision ordinances and providing staff support to the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Hearing Board. The department works closely with the Code Services and Emergency Services Departments reviewing construction permits for zoning compliance and investigating resident complaints relating to zoning, parking, storm water & drainage and signage. The department consists of three staff members located in the Township’s Administration Building.
The Planning & Zoning Department staff interacts with the development community using a streamlined and business friendly model. Before acquiring land, closing a deal, or commencement with the engineering of a plan, a developer or resident who is contemplating a development project can meet with Township staff and consultants at their regularly scheduled meeting to discuss basic project scope and receive recommendation on how to navigate potential project obstacles. Upon direction from staff, and if desired, a developer can schedule a confirmed appointment to appear in front of Board of Supervisors at a regularly scheduled public meeting to present their project to the Supervisors and receive preliminary feedback. The Department processes applications for subdivision and land development, submits them for consultant review and presents them to the Planning Commission for consideration and recommendation. Permit extension verification can be provided for development related approvals upon request.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Initiative –Assisting Residents in the 21st Century
In keeping with Limerick Township Business Model’s expressed principal of improving efficiencies and reducing cost without a reduction in the level of service, in 2014 the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors authorized the Planning & Zoning Department to undertake a comprehensive effort to implement a Geographic Information System (GIS). GIS links maps to databases, providing enhanced capabilities for data storage, retrieval, management and analysis. By integrating information with location, GIS provides better, faster, easier ways for staff to find answers to questions, streamline interdepartmental communications and facilitate open records requests. Projected to span multiple years, the rollout included the purchase of GIS software, replacing employee desktops to tablets for portability in the field, and dedicated staff & consultant time to data entry of maps and records into the system.
Currently, the Planning & Zoning, Public Works, and Emergency Services Departments, are all utilizing the GIS system. In addition to electronic records keeping, the system has been tailored to facilitate each department’s operational requirements, assisting in management of daily workflow. Both township staff and township consultants have management permissions for the assets they oversee which can be accessed anywhere that internet is available. By streamlining the flow of information, township staff can provide accurate solutions in less time, which in turn saves money.