Zoning Hearing Board

The Zoning Hearing Board is a direct result of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act of 1968, P.L.805, No.247.   Full information can be obtained on the Department of State website, or by clicking here to view the full Act document (PDF, 344kb).

Click here to download the Zoning Hearing Application, last updated on 6-4-14.


The purpose of the Zoning Hearing Board, in accordance with the Act of 1968, is “To empower cities of the second class A, and third class, boroughs, incorporated towns, townships of the first and second classes including those within a county of the second class and counties of the second class through eighth classes,  individually or jointly, to plan their development and to govern the same by zoning, subdivision and land development ordinances, planned residential development and other ordinances, by official maps, by the reservation of certain land for future public purpose and by the acquisition of such land; to promote the conservation of energy through the use of planning practices and to promote the effective utilization of renewable energy sources; providing for the establishment of planning commissions, planning departments, planning committees and zoning hearing boards, authorizing them to charge fees, make inspections and hold public hearings; providing for mediation; providing for transferable development rights; providing for appropriations, appeals to courts and penalties for violations; and repealing acts and parts of act…”


Josephine Ferro- Chairperson

Art Jenkins- Vice Chairperson

Jeff Senholzi

Melonie Schmid

Gary Morris

Robert Kidwell – Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor