Zoning Code & SALDO Update

Zoning Code Adoption Process Has Begun

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at their regular meeting, the Supervisors of Millcreek Township directed the Planning and Development Department to forward the Zoning Code and Map to the Millcreek Planning Commission and the Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development to begin the adoption process. The Ordinance text can be found at this link and the Map can be found at this link. The Ordinance and Map reflect changes made in response to comments received on the previous drafts at the Open Houses, at public meetings, and through the website, telephone, mail, and email. The Ordinance will be an agenda item of the Planning Commission at their November 9, 2021 and their December 7, 2021 meetings, both of which will be held at 7:00 in the Municipal Building Assembly Room. The Board of Supervisors plans to hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in the Municipal Building Assembly Room prior to adoption. The Ordinance, Map, and other documents can be found in this page's sidebar. You will also find a link to make comments, or you can submit comments by clicking here.

What’s this all about?

In August 2018, Millcreek Township adopted Embrace Millcreek, an implementable comprehensive plan. Based on broadly collected public input, the plan is built around five priority focus areas:

  • Creating a distinctive and high-quality Gateway District to Presque Isle
  • Strengthening neighborhood investment
  • Positioning commercial corridors for adaptation and redevelopment
  • Supporting business development
  • Promoting strong and sustainable stewardship of Township infrastructure

Achieving the plan’s vision through each of these areas will require modernizing Millcreek Township’s zoning code and subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO), its most powerful tools in shaping the form and function of the local built environment.

                                                                        

Updated Zoning Code                     

In September 2019, the Township initiated a rewrite of these ordinances, starting with the zoning code. Zoning regulations divide the Township into districts and regulate the types of land uses that are allowed or prohibited in each. They also control dimensional standards such as lot size and the placement, height and density of buildings, as well as exterior lighting, landscaping and off-street parking, among other elements.                       

Since then, Township staff and elected and appointed officials have been working with assistance from Mackin Engineering Company to draft new regulations and mapping that will precisely and effectively support Millcreek Township’s future land use and development goals.

Timeline for Adoption

Open Houses

Four open house events were held for the public to learn about the proposed changes to the ordinance and the map, ask questions of Township staff, and submit comments to be considered as the final draft was developed.

Review and Revision Process

Following the Open Houses, the draft was further reviewed and assessed. It was edited to increase clarity, correct errors, and incorporate public input.

Formal Adoption Process

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, the Millcreek Township Supervisors voted to forward the Ordinance and Map for review by the Millcreek Planning Commission and the Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development on or before October 29, 2021. The Ordinance and Map will be available to the public for download on this website, and public comment will be taken through December 13, 2021.

Planning Commission Meetings

The Planning Commission will receive comments on the changes as part of the adoption process at their meetings on November 9, 2021 and December 7, 2021 at 7:00pm in the Municipal Building Assembly Room. The Commission will forward their recommendation on to the Supervisors before the Public Hearing. 

Public Hearing

The Board of Supervisors will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 7:00pm in the Municipal Building Assembly Room, prior to adoption of the Ordinance.