Bucks County News -Week of 2/13/12
In response to concerns raised by the Suburban REALTORS Alliance Penndel Borough Council tabled an ordinance that would have established a requirement for certification of sanitary sewer status prior to the sale of real estate. Borough Council plans to review the ordinance over the next month to determine whether any amendments may be appropriate. Click here to view the list of Alliance concerns with the proposed ordinance. Please contact the Alliance with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bucks Commissioners searching for Planning Task Force members
The Bucks County Commissioners are looking for nominations to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) new Public Participation Task Force. Ideal candidates should have knowledge of the county, as well as some regional issues, and will have the ability to offer recommendations on public involvement and potential projects. County nominees will join others selected from the nine-county Delaware Valley region. The Task Force will include representatives from community and civic organizations, as well as advocacy groups, professional associations and the private sector. Prospective nominees should have an interest in planning, knowledge of regional issues, effective communication skills and a diversity of experience. For more information about this opportunity, please visit www.BucksCounty.org and access the Boards and Authorities application. For more information on the Task Force or the DVRPC, please click here.
Source: Bucks County; 2/8/2012
Bristol Township hires new building code official
Bristol Township recently voted to hire Keystone Municipal Services Inc. as the new company in charge of building code inspections and United Inspection Agency for electrical inspections. The new companies will replace Building Inspection Underwriters. Keystone will charge an hourly rate of $67 per hour instead of a percentage of the permit fee as previously done. The change is expected to save $50,000 to $75,000 over last year.
Source: PhillyBurbs.com; 2/6/2012
Upper Makefield strengthens open space program
Upper Makefield Township entered into an agreement that will name the Heritage Conservancy as the land trust beneficiary of 16 more conservation easements held by the township. The easements protect the land from development. As a land trust beneficiary, the Heritage Conservancy will further protect the conservation easements and gains enforcement power if any future township board decides it is not worth the time or effort to protect the land. Upper Makefield residents voted three times to approve the borrowing of $30 million to protect and preserve open space in the township. The supervisors feel that the investment with the Conservancy will uphold the trust placed in it by the voters. The Conservancy will charge $2,500 per property to become land trust beneficiary. Click here to visit the Heritage Conservancy website.
Source: Courier Times; 2/8/2012
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