Zoning is a method a community may use to regulate the use of land and structures. It is initiated by the adoption of a zoning ordinance designed to protect the public health, safety, and welfare and to guide growth. 

When zoning was first utilized, its primary purpose was to prevent a property owner from  using his or her property in ways which were a  nuisance or actually  harmful to neighboring property owners.

However, over the years the scope of zoning has expanded. Municipal governments and the courts no longer look upon zoning only as a "negative" tool to keep certain land uses out of a neighborhood, they also recognize its value as a "positive" tool for encouraging certain development  and for creating  an attractive community.   In addition,  zoning now  frequently attempts to control development in areas subject to flooding,  to preserve  natural features    (i.e. wetlands, forests, aquifers) and historic features and to save farmland. [ Source: Pennsylvania State. Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Planning Series #4 Zoning. Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1999.] 


Zoning Hearing Board

Roaring Brook’s Zoning Hearing Board consists of five residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a term of five years. Some of the duties of the Board are: conducting hearings and making decisions regarding variances, special exceptions, curative amendments, land use and conditional use under the zoning ordinance. An advertised public hearing is held with a stenographer recording all testimony and an appointed solicitor present at the hearing. All decisions are final and independent from the Board of Supervisors. Any appeals shall be taken to the court of common pleas of the judicial district.

All correspondence for the Planning Commission and/or consultants should be sent to the township office.

Board Members

Name Title
Ronald Donati Chairman
Linda Christianson Member
Jim Kinane Member
Deborah Loessy Member
Rich Motichka Member

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Paul Kozik Zoning & Sewerage Enforcement Officer
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