• Notice of Public Hearing – July 6, 2020

    The Straban Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 6, 2020, 6:45 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 1745 Granite Station Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to receive comments on the proposed Floodplain Ordinance. The Straban Township Board of Supervisors may adopt the proposed amendments to the Floodplain Ordinance on Monday, July 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 1745 Granite Station Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to wit:
    The purpose of the proposed Ordinance is to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Flood Plain Management Act, 32 P.S. §§ 679.101 – 679.601, (the “Floodplain Management Act”), at Section 679.202, wherein certain municipalities are required to adopt floodplain management regulations within six months after a floodplain map is approved or promulgated for the municipality by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    The provisions of the proposed Ordinance are summarized as follows:
    SECTION 1. Repeals and replaces Chapter 71, entitled “Floodplain Development”.
    § 71-1 Intent. The purpose is to minimize risks posed in floodplain areas and comply
    with federal and state floodplain management requirements.
    § 71-2 Applicability. Permit required for construction or development.
    § 71-3 Abrogation and Greater Restrictions. This Chapter supersedes any conflicting
    regulations. In event of conflict, more restrictive provision applies.
    § 71-4. Warning and Disclaimer of Liability. These regulations do not guarantee freedom
    from flood damage. The Township is not liable for flood damage resulting from reliance
    on this Chapter.
    § 71-5. Designation of the Floodplain Administrator. The Township’s Zoning Officer shall
    serve as Floodplain Administrator. In absence of Floodplain Administrator, duties will be
    fulfilled by the Township Manager.
    § 71-6 Permits Required. A permit is required prior to undertaking construction or
    development in the Township.
    § 71-7 Duties and Responsibilities of the Floodplain Administrator. Sets forth the duties of
    the Floodplain Administrator, including issuing and revoking permits, entering buildings
    or developments, and submitting reports to FEMA.
    § 71-8 Application Procedures and Requirements. Sets forth the procedures and
    requirements for applying for a permit.
    § 71-9 Review by County Conservation District. Proposed construction or development
    plans must be submitted to the County Conservation District for review.
    § 71-10 Review of Application by Others. Plans and applications may be submitted by
    Floodplain Administrator to other appropriate agencies.
    § 71-11 Changes. After permit issuance, changes must be approved by the Floodplain
    § 71-12 Placards. Placard must be displayed on premises during construction.
    § 71-13 Start of Construction. Construction must begin within 180 days after permit
    issuance and must be completed within 365 days after permit issuance. Time extensions
    may be granted.
    § 71-14 Enforcement. Sets forth requirements for notices of violation. Violations shall be
    a summary offense and may carry a fine of $100.00 to $600.00. Each day shall be a separate
    § 71-15 Appeals. Provides for appeals of Floodplain Administrator actions to the Zoning
    Hearing Board within 30 days.
    § 71-16 Identification. Adopts the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and the Flood Insurance
    Rate Maps (FIRMs) issued by FEMA.
    § 71-17 Description and Special Requirements of Identified Floodplain Areas. Identified
    Floodplain Areas are set forth in the Zoning Ordinance.
    § 71-18 Technical Provisions: General. Sets forth general technical provisions for
    construction and development in floodplain areas.
    § 71-19 Elevation and Floodproofing Requirements. Sets forth requirements for residential
    and nonresidential structures, basements, and historic and accessory structures.
    § 71-20 Design and Construction Standards. Sets forth standards with respect to fill,
    drainage, water and sanitary sewer systems, utilities, streets, storage, placement of
    structures, anchoring, floors, walls, and ceilings, paints and adhesives, electrical
    components, equipment, fuel supply systems, and UCC coordination.
    § 71-21 Development That May Endanger Human Life. Regulation of such development
    is set forth in the Zoning Ordinance.
    § 71-22 Special Requirements for Subdivision and Development. Certain proposals must
    be supported by hydrologic and hydraulic engineering analyses.
    § 71-23 Special Requirements for Mobile or Manufactured Homes. Requirements are set
    forth in Article XII of Chapter 117.
    § 71-24 Activities requiring special permits are governed by the Zoning Ordinance.
    § 71-25 Existing Structures. No changes or improvements are required to be made to
    existing structures.
    § 71-26 Improvements. When improvements are made to existing structures, the
    requirements of this section apply.
    § 71-27 Variances: General. Relief from strict application of these requirements may be
    granted in accordance with standards set forth in the Zoning Ordinance.
    § 71-28 Definitions: General. If not defined, words shall be interpreted to give provisions
    most reasonable application.
    § 71-29 Specific Definitions. Defines certain terms used in this Ordinance.
    SECTION 2. Amends Article XII of Chapter 117, entitled “Mobile Homes and Mobile Home Parks” to set forth floodplain standards for mobile and manufactured homes in Identified Floodplain Areas.
    SECTION 3. Amends Section 140-5 of Chapter 140 to add defined terms related to floodplain management.
    SECTION 4. Amends Section 14-5 of Chapter 140 to amend defined terms related to floodplain management.
    SECTION 5. Amends Section 140-36 of Chapter 140 to incorporate floodplain regulations and provisions identifying and describing specific floodplain areas into Zoning Ordinance.
    SECTION 6. Amends Section 117-10 of Chapter 117 to provide that land located within Identified Floodplain Areas must be developed in accordance with the Floodplain Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance.
    SECTION 7. Amends Section 117-29 of Chapter 117 to provide that land located within Identified Floodplain Areas must be developed in accordance with the Floodplain Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance.
    SECTION 8. REPEALER. All provisions of previous ordinances contrary to or inconsistent with this Ordinance are repealed.
    SECTION 9. SAVINGS CLAUSE. In all other respects, the Code of the Township of Straban shall remain as previously enacted and ordained.
    SECTION 10. SEVERABILITY. If any portion of this Ordinance is deemed void, it shall be severable, and the other provisions of this ordinance shall remain in full effect.
    SECTION 11. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall take effect July 22, 2020.
    The full text of the proposed Ordinance may be examined without charge at the Straban Township Municipal Building, 1745 Granite Station Road, Gettysburg, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A copy will be provided upon request without charge. A copy of the proposed Ordinance has also been filed with the newspaper publishing this Notice and at the Adams County Law Library, 117 Baltimore Street, Room 305, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

  • Notice of Public Meeting and Zoning Hearing

    The Zoning Hearing Board of Straban Township will hold a public meeting to conduct a zoning hearing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the Straban Township Municipal Building, 1745 Granite Station Road, Gettysburg, PA, to consider the following application:

    A Zoning Hearing Application, dated April 9, 2020 and filed on April 13, 2020 by Brian J. Redding and Patrick E. Redding, relative to certain real property owned by Brian J. Redding and Patrick E. Redding, described by the Applicants as real property located at 1925 York Road, Gettysburg, Straban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania, identified by Adams County Tax Parcel ID No. 38H12-0039—000. The real property, which is the subject of the zoning hearing, is zoned and located within an Economic Development – EC-1 Zoning District, as established by the Straban Township Zoning Ordinance. The subject real property is currently used as two single-family dwellings which are a nonconforming use in the EC-1 Zone, and the third structure being a storage building. The Applicants are requesting the grant of a special exception pursuant to section 140-26.B of the Zoning Ordinance for an extension/enlargement of the existing nonconforming use. The Applicants are also seeking variance relief from section 140-26(B)(4)(a)(1) of the Zoning Ordinance which limits the expansion of the nonconforming use to 50% of the original area. The existing residential structures, comprising the nonconforming use of the Applicants’ real property, contain the aggregate area of 1,150 square feet, and the new structures, comprising the proposed extension/enlargement of the nonconforming use of the property, will contain the aggregate area of 3,000 square feet.

  • 2020 E-cycling Collection

    **UPDATE – E-cycling events will still take place on original dates. Please remember as we are in the yellow phase, masks MUST be worn. Please continue to follow the CDC guidelines to help keep everyone safe.**

    Events will be held from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on:


    • March 14th at the Emergency Services Building, 230 Greenamyer Rd.  Gettysburg
    • June 6th at the Municipal Building, 1370 Fairfield Road,  Gettysburg
    • Sept. 12th at the Abbottstown Rec Park, 241 High St.  Abbottstown
    • Dec. 5th at the East Berlin Boro Park, 523 North Ave.  East Berlin
    All electronic devices are accepted with Photo ID and a receipt of your Waste Connections bill.


  • **Notice for Public Meetings**

    In the interest of the health of all those in attendance, and the health of our community at large, the Board of Supervisors has determined that certain precautions shall be taken to ensure compliance with the CDC’s social distancing directives. Due to the size and layout of the Township’s public meeting room, the Township will be restricting the number of public attendees in the room at one time. The limit for public guest inside the building at one time will be TEN. Please sign your name on the sign-in sheet, and indicate whether you are seeking to provide public comment on a non-agenda item, or to offer comment on a particular agenda item. Township staff will direct attendees to the appropriate locations and will ensure that all public comment is given in an orderly fashion. In the event that a larger than expected turnout occurs, staff may need to ask some residents to wait outside until the appropriate time for public comment. Despite these precautions, all attendees will be permitted their opportunity to provide public comment. Please understand that these precautions are necessary for the health and safety of our community. We thank you for your patience and willingness to work with the Township to best ensure that this public meeting can be held in the safest way possible.

    Thank you,
    Straban Township Board of Supervisors

  • Notice to Residents – Waste Collections

    Many municipalities in Adams County contract waste and recycling services on behalf of their residents. In light of Covid-19 concerns it is important to point out a very important requirement of these waste collection contracts, and that is the provision contained in the contracts that all loose refuse must be bagged. This provision also pertains to waste placed in wheeled toters – it also must be bagged.

    As for the preparation of recyclable items, they may be placed loosely in recycling containers. Make sure they are clean and only place the items in your recycling containers that are specified by your hauler. If you don’t have the list, check your haulers website or call them and inquire. If you place items in your recycling that are not accepted by your hauler (think yard waste) your recycling may not be picked up. Please remember that recycling supports various businesses that make essential items (think toilet paper, paper towels, plastic drink container, etc.).

    Employees of your waste and recycling collector are on the front line in this pandemic, let’s do our part to help keep everyone safe – bag your waste and recycle right Adams County!

  • **Street Sweeping**

    Street Sweeping will be starting Monday April 13, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020. The locations for this sweeping will be the following: Twin Oaks, Hunters Crossing, and Hazelbrook Hills development.
    Reminder: Please have your vehicles off the road way.
    Thank you

  • **Tax Collection Notice**

    **Through Adams County Ordinance No. 1 of 2020, and due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic situation, the Adams County Commissioners are extending tax payment deadlines for 2020 Adams County Real Estate and Per Capita Taxes as follows: to pay at 2% DISCOUNT until JUNE 30, 2020; to pay at “PAR” JULY 1, 2020 through OCTOBER 31, 2020; from NOVEMBER 1 and thereafter, a 10% penalty will be added to the “PAR” amount. Straban Township adopted a similar ordinance.
    At this time, all Adams County Tax Collector offices are closed until further notice. Payments can be mailed, placed in drop boxes (where available) and paid by credit card (where available). If requesting a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please consult your tax collector or municipal office for actual tax collector office hours after the State stay-at-home orders are lifted. Taxpayers will continue to be encouraged to use mail, drop boxes or online payments to reduce face-to-face contact at this time.**

  • Zoning Map Rezoning Hearing – April 6, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

    Straban Township Board of Supervisors is authorized to amend the Zoning Ordinance in accordance with §609 of the Municipalities Planning Code (53 P.S. § 10101, et seq.).  Landowners, Kimberly K. Guise and Pamela D. Redding, have petitioned the Board to amend the zoning map to include 2145 Old Harrisburg Road in the Residential Low Density (R-1) zoning district.  The Straban Township Planning Commission reviewed the petition of Kimberly K. Guise and Pamela D. Redding, and recommended that the Board of Supervisors re-zone a portion of the Township, including 2145 Old Harrisburg Road.  The Board of Supervisors, in reviewing the petition of Kimberly K. Guise and Pamela D. Redding, as well as the Planning Commission recommendations, have determined that a portion of the Township, including 2145 Old Harrisburg Road, should be removed from the Mixed Use – Neighborhood (MU-2) District and made part of the Residential Low Density (R-1) District.  The Board of Supervisors have determined that it is in the best interest and general welfare of the citizens and residents of Straban Township to amend the Zoning Map as set forth below.
    The entire boundaries of the following parcels of real estate are hereby removed from the Mixed Use – Neighborhood (MU-2) District and made part of the Residential Low Density (R-1) District:
    Tax Parcel No.                       Address:
    38G10-0012A–000              2315 Old Harrisburg Road
    38G10-0019—000                2215 Old Harrisburg Road
    38G10-0020—000                2235 Old Harrisburg Road
    38G10-0021—000                2265 Old Harrisburg Road
    38G10-0022—000                2275 Old Harrisburg Road
    38G10-0023—000                2285 Old Harrisburg Road
    38G10-0024—000                2295 Old Harrisburg Road
    38G10-0025C–000               85 Sanders Road
    38G10-0039—000                2145 Old Harrisburg Road
    38G10-0042—000                2165 Old Harrisburg
    All those wishing to be heard on the application must appear at hearing at the aforesaid time and place.

  • COVID – 19 Precautions

    ***Beginning on March 24, 2020, Straban Township doors will be CLOSED to the public. To help maintain precautions designed to minimize the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19, a drop box will be located outside the Township office for any papers needed to be dropped off or picked up. Our staff will remain in the building during normal work hours and can be reached either via phone or email. Thank you for your cooperation during this time. We will inform you if any necessary changes are needed to be made. ***
    Email: office@strabantownship.com
    Phone: 717-334-4833
    Thank you,
    Straban Township

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