Boards & Commissions
Rosslyn Farms Borough has Boards and Commissions, which supplement Council in governing the Borough. Members of these boards and commissions are volunteer residents who are appointed to serve by Borough Council. The commissions advise and work collaboratively with Borough Council on financial, operational, and maintenance functions. These are the Rosslyn Farms committees and boards that keep the community running smoothly.
A board of appeals shall hear appeals from decisions of the building code officer and requests for variances and extensions of time under the Uniform Construction Code.
A member of the board of appeals shall be qualified by training and experience to pass on matters pertaining to building construction. Training and experience may consist of licensure as an architect or engineer, experience in the construction industry, and training or experience as an inspector or plan reviewer. Members of the Borough Council and its code administrators may not serve on a board of appeals. A municipality may fill a position on the board of appeals with a qualified person who resides outside of the municipality when it cannot find a person within the municipality who satisfies the
requirements for membership.
The Planning Commission is responsible for, among other things, (1) making recommendations concerning the adoption or amendment of the Borough official map; (2) preparing and presenting to Council a zoning ordinance, and making recommendations to Council on proposed amendments to its existing zoning ordinance; (3) preparing, recommending and administering subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations; (4) preparing and presenting to Council environmental studies; (5) preparing the comprehensive plan for land development in the Borough, and presenting it to Council for its consideration; (6) reviewing the zoning ordinance, subdivision and land development ordinance, official map, provisions for planned residential development, and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land.1 The Planning Commission shall have no less than 3 and no more than 9 members. All of the members of the planning commission shall be residents of the Borough. At least 2 members shall be citizen members, but 1 member may be an elected or appointed official of the Borough. The solicitor for the Borough shall serve the Planning Commission as its legal advisor. Council may appoint by resolution at least 1, but no more than 3 residents of the municipality, to serve as alternate members of the Planning Commission.
Jonathan Glance (Council representation)
Zoning Hearing Board
The Zoning Hearing Board is, among other things, responsible for hearing: (1) substantive challenges to the validity of any land use ordinance; (2) appeals from the determination of the zoning officer, including, but not limited to, the granting or denial of any permit, or failure to act on the application therefor, the issuance of any cease and desist order or the registration or refusal to register any nonconforming use, structure or lot; (3) appeals from a determination by a municipal engineer or the zoning officer with reference to the administration of any flood plain or flood hazard ordinance or such provisions within a land use ordinance; (4) applications for variances from the terms of the zoning ordinance; (5) applications for special exceptions under the zoning ordinance; (6) appeals from the determination of any officer or agency charged with the administration of any transfers of development rights or performance density provisions of the zoning ordinance; and (7) appeals from the determination of the zoning officer or municipal engineer in the administration of any land use ordinance or provision thereof. 1 The ZHB shall, upon the determination of Council, consist of either 3 or 5 residents of the Borough appointed by resolution of Council. The terms of office of a 3-member board shall be three years and shall be so fixed that the term of office of one member shall expire each year. Members of the ZHB shall hold no other elected or appointed office in the Borough, nor shall any member be an employee of the Borough. The solicitor for the Borough cannot serve as the solicitor for the ZHB. 1 The full list of the Zoning Hearing Board’s powers and duties is available at: 53 P.S. § 10909.1 TADMS:5036699-1 033348-184037
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