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ZONING HEARING BOARD

The Township of Salem Zoning Hearing Board is a five member Board appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a five year term.  The Zoning Hearing Board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM at the administration building if there is a scheduled hearing.

Current members of the Board are: 

Brian Yohe- Chairman

Lee Smith - Member   

John Fogg, Jr. - Member

Sam Groome - Member                                                                            

Richard Weaver - Member        

Robert E. Fisher - alternate member                                                          

Attorney  Hugh Sumner - Solicitor

The Zoning Hearing Board is created to help assure fair and equitable application and administration of the Zoning Ordinance.  It is a "local court" for zoning matters.  The Board can hear various appeals and can grant relief from the literal enforcement of the Ordinance.  It must, however, follow the procedures established by the Zoning Ordinance and the Municipalities Planning Code, and can neither make nor modify policy.  The Zoning Hearing Board shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and render final adjudication in the following matters:

  1. Substantive challenges to the validity of any land use ordinance, except for those brought before the Board of Supervisors under Section 1403.1 of the Zoning Ordinance;
  2. Challenges to the validity of any land use ordinance, based upon procedural questions or alleged defects in the process of enactment or adoption.  Challenges based upon procedural questions or alleged defects shall be raised by an appeal to the Board within thirty days after the effective date of the Ordinance subject to the appeal;
  3. 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 thereof, the issuance of any cease and desist order or the registration or refusal to register any nonconforming use, structure or lot;
  4. Appeals from a determination by the zoning officer with reference to the administration of any flood plain provision or regulation within any land use ordinance;
  5. Applications for variances, pursuant to Section 1509 of the Zoning Ordinance;
  6. Applications for special exceptions pursuant to Section 1510 of the Zoning Ordinance;
  7. Appeals from the determination of the zoning officer or municipal engineer in the administration of any land use ordinance or provision thereof with reference to sedimentation and erosion control and storm water management not related to development which is classified as a subdivision, land development, or a planned residential development.