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Posted on: November 15, 2023

Proposed Ordinance 2023-17 Farm House Rental

Legal Notice


 NOTICE is hereby given that the Manheim Township Board of Commissioners will convene a public hearing on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Manheim Township Municipal Building, 1840 Municipal Drive, Lancaster, Pennsylvania to consider the adoption of a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance of Manheim Township. At the conclusion of the public hearing or at a subsequent public meeting held within 60 days of the date of the second publication of this advertisement, the Board shall consider enacting and, if appropriate, will take a vote on adopting and enacting proposed Ordinance 2023-17, the caption of which is as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MANHEIM, LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING THE TEXT OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF MANHEIM TOWNSHIP 2014, AS AMENDED, TO ESTABLISH “FARM HOUSE RENTAL” AS A RECOGNIZED USE IN THE TOWNSHIP, TO PERMIT THE USE OF FARM HOUSE RENTALS ON FORMERLY WORKING FARMS  IN  CERTAIN  DISTRICTS  IN  THE  TOWNSHIP,  AND  TO  PROVIDEADDITIONAL CRITERIA RELATED THERETO. A brief summary of the proposed ordinance is set forth below. 

SECTIONS 1 and 2 add new definitions to Article V, Section 503 for the terms “Farm, Residual” and “Farm House Rental”. SECTION 3 amends Article VIII, Section 804 to allow farm house rentals on a residual farm by conditional use within the R-2 residential district. SECTION 4 amends Article VIII, Section 807 by adding a new subsection 7 that establishes area and bulk regulations for a farm house rental on a residual farm. SECTION 5 amends Article XXV, by adding a new section 2531 establishing performance standards for a farm house rental on a residual farm. 

The proposed ordinance includes a repealer and severability provision as well as an effective date provision. A copy of the proposed ordinance may be examined or copied in the office of the Township Secretary at 1840 Municipal Drive, Lancaster, Pennsylvania on regular business days between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A copy of the Ordinance also may be examined without charge at the offices of this newspaper (LNP) and at the Lancaster County Law Library located at 50 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602. If you wish to attend the hearing and are a person with a disability requiring an auxiliary aide, service, or other accommodation, please contact the Manheim Township Office (717) 569-6408 to discuss how the Township can best accommodate your needs.

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