LAWRENCE COUNTY Officials plan to change land rules

The public will have a chance to comment on the changes.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County commissioners are looking to introduce a revised version of the county's subdivision and land development ordinance at their regular weekly meeting on Tuesday.
At that time, commissioners also plan to set a hearing date to receive public input on the proposed measure.
Commissioners discussed various proposed changes to the ordinance during a caucus Thursday. The revisions are being recommended by the county's planning commission to make the regulations more specific and clearer.
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James Gagliano, county planning director, said that the changes are being proposed to clarify elements of the ordinance and to make it more user-friendly.
He explained the revisions resulted from changes in the municipalities planning code and many of the proposed changes focus on the land development and subdivision application review process. For example, previously, subdivisions were classified as major or minor subdivisions based on how many plots that a piece of land was divided into. He said revised wording eliminates the "major" and "minor" terminology.
Further, the revised ordinance does not prohibit private roads, but advises against them. If private roads are established in a housing development, for example, landowners are to sign an agreement that maintaining the roads is their responsibility and not the responsibility of the county or the governing municipality.
"There were parts of the ordinance that we needed to be a little more specific with," Gagliano said. "We wanted to make sure all of the wording was very clear. We wanted everyone to understand just what it says and what they need to do to comply with it."

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