Zoning, Building and Planning
Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map
Cambridge Township is zoned to promote, protect, and facilitate the public health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of the township.
The 2016 Cambridge Township Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map were enacted on March 14, 2016, under and pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, as amended.
The Cambridge Township Supervisors adopted the UCC (Uniform Construction Code) in 2004. The Middle Department Inspection Agency has been contracted to perform inspections and building code services within the Township.
Building Permits are required for most construction projects in Cambridge Township.
Water and Sewer
Access to water and sewer are basic needs of all Township residents.
While most properties in the Township rely on private water wells and on lot sewer systems to serve the water and septic needs, public water and sewer can be found in areas closest to the Borough of Cambridge Springs.
In an effort to manage stormwater and reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow, the Board of Supervisors have enacted a Stormwater Management Ordinance which adopted the adopted the regulations of the Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Act (Act 167 of 1978) and implemented the Crawford County Act 167 County-Wide Watersheds Stormwater Management Plan.
Floodplain Ordinance and Maps
To promote the general health, welfare and safety of the community, the Board of Supervisors have enacted a Floodplain Management Ordinance. The Ordinances encourages the utilization of appropriate construction practices in order to prevent or minimize flood damage and incorporates FEMA’s Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and the accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).
Subdivisions and Land Developments
The Board of Supervisors enacted a Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance in 1999, which regulates plats of land lying within the Township's boundaries.
The Ordinance establishes rules, regulations and standards governing Subdivision and Land Development within the Township, as well as sets forth procedures to be followed by the Township and County Planning Commissions, as well as the Board of Supervisors in applying the enacted regulations.
In 1999, the Board of Supervisors enacted the Cambridge Township Comprehensive Plan. The Plan outlined community goals and continues to assist the Township when enacting public policy in terms of community development.