As comments are received, we will post questions and responses here and on the project Facebook page.
Comment 4 - 8/18/21
Q4: My property is currently zoned RUD--is this recode project going to affect my zoning classification and what changes are being proposed that will affect existing RUD zoned parcels?
A4: The Recode project will not affect the zoning classification of properties zoned RUD—all properties currently zoned RUD will remain zoned this way.
No changes are proposed to RUD’s minimum lot size (1 acre), minimum lot width (100 ft), or maximum height (50 ft). Recode establishes a maximum density of 1 dwelling unit per acre in the RUD District, which is consistent with the 1 acre minimum lot size.
Proposed is to specify principal structure setbacks by zoning district, rather than use, which promotes consistent development character within districts. The proposed setbacks for the RUD District are the same as the current setbacks for single-family uses.
Recode proposes to expand York County’s current right-to-farm provisions to the RUD District.
Finally, the land use categories and land use definitions have been updated and brought into modern parlance, which affects all zoning districts. RUD continues to primarily allow agricultural and single-family residential uses.
Comment 3 - 7/7/21
Q3: When will the Module Four meeting be taking place, and when will materials be available for public review in advance of that meeting?
A3: A public meeting to review Module 4 is tentatively planned for September 2021. The Public Review Drafts will be posted on the Recode website at least one week prior to the meeting. The County will continue to accept community input during the adoption process, tentatively set to begin in October/November 2021.
Tree Ordinance Comments (All related comments will be consolidated here.)
Comment: My family, community and I beg you to reconsider the current Grand Tree Ordinance. Protection of tree’s comes with many benefits to our community and environment. With pollution at an all time high we must invoke our God given right to protect the nature put on this earth. Too much of anything is never good and that includes the removal of trees under the current ordinance. I will gladly go into more details on this matter and again beg you to listen to your neighbors, do the research yourself and implore you to make a change! Thank you for your time.
Comment: Please stop allowing or encouraging clearing all land prior to sale. The neighborhoods look horrible and we need to keep Trees for O2 and reduction of heat.
Response: Thanks for submitting your comments for Recode York County. Many stakeholders expressed similar concerns with tree removal and clearcutting/mass grading of development sites during our listening sessions early in the project. We plan to address this in Module 4, which will include revisions to the Tree Conservation ordinance.
Comment 2 - 6/24/21
Q2: How do the revised use regulations for shooting ranges affect the personal use of firearms on private property?
A2: The revised use regulations do not apply to shooting ranges or areas on private property that are not open to the general public, and do not limit the personal use of firearms on private property. The revised use regulations for shooting ranges apply only to commercially- or publicly-operated indoor and outdoor shooting ranges.
The current York County Zoning Code regulates indoor and outdoor shooting ranges by requiring a minimum separation distance between the range and certain uses, including residential uses. The current code also requires setbacks and buffers for outdoor ranges.
The proposed use regulations (Subchapter C: Use Regulations) carry forward these requirements and add new standards, including a requirement for an on-site manager, a limitation on hours of operation, and additional application requirements related to range design and safety. The proposed use regulations also add a minimum lot area (10 acres) for outdoor shooting ranges.
Module 1 Public Webinar Questions and Responses
The questions and responses from the Module 1 Public Webinar, held on May 25th, are now available by clicking here.
Comment 1 - 5/18/21
Q1: With the updates to the ordinances, 155.205 becomes 155.070 for PD and 155.190 becomes 155.138 for UD. While UD is listed in the "new" use table 155.151, the PD zoning is not. It would be helpful to all involved to either list this column as UD/PD or to have a separate column for PD if its permitted uses differ from UD.
A1: Thanks for submitting your comments for Recode York County. Perhaps a further explanation will help clarify allowable uses in a PD District.
The revised Zoning Code does not limit the land uses that may be located in a PD District. Subchapter B, Subpart 3.4, Section 155.073: Allowed Uses and Allocation Standards specifies that allowed uses in a PD District are proposed by the developer, with final approval by County Council. This provides flexibility for PDs to accommodate a mix of land uses, as well as unique or emerging land uses that may not be listed in the use table.
Subchapter C, Part 2, Section 155.149: Introduction explains that the use table does not specify the allowed uses in a PD District. Rather, the allowed uses are established in the rezoning ordinance that establishes the PD District.
Also, there will be a zoning procedure (in Subchapter E, Part 6) specifically for rezoning to a Special District (which includes PD). There will be more detail here on how the allowable uses and development standards are approved.