Myerstown Borough Zoning Ordinance
Land use in Myerstown is regulated by its zoning ordinance. Zoning ordinances divide municipalities into residential, commercial, and industrial districts (or zones), that are generally separate from one another, with the property use within each district being reasonably uniform. Within specific zoning districts there are additional restrictions that can be quite detailed, including specific requirements as to the type of buildings allowed, location of utility lines, restrictions on accessory buildings, building setbacks from the streets and other boundaries, restrictions on signage, and the size and height of buildings. Every property in the Borough is located within a zoning district, as can be seen on its official zoning map. It is important to verify which zoning regulations apply to your proposed location.
Myerstown Borough Zoning Ordinance (pdf)Myerstown Borough Zoning Map (pdf)
Before you start your business activities or occupy a building in Myerstown, you must have a certificate of zoning compliance (zoning permit) from the Borough’s Zoning Officer stating that the proposed use of the building or land conforms to the Borough's Zoning Ordinance. Zoning Permit Applications, along with a list of requirements, can be obtained at the link below or at the Borough Office at 101 South Railroad Street. All applications must be fully completed and submitted, with payment, to the Borough Office. Zoning applications can be found at the Borough's Forms & Applications page (link below).
Myerstown Borough Forms & Applications
A temporary certificate of zoning compliance (zoning permit) may be issued for up to 6 months during alterations or partial occupancy pending the building’s completion.
In Myerstown Borough, the Zoning Ordinance is administered and enforced by the Borough's appointed third-party Zoning Officer, Associated Building Inspections, LLC.
1248 West Main Street Suite 23
Ephrata, PA 17522
Do I Need a Zoning Permit?
A zoning permit is required to be issued prior to the start of any of the following activities:
- Erection, construction, movement, placement or extension of a structure, building or sign, including but not limited to a fence or wall that is more than 3 feet in total height
- Change in the type of use of a structure or land, or expansion of a use
- Creation of a lot or alteration of lot lines
- Creation of a new use
- Demolition of a principal building, or partial demolition of the exterior of a principal building, if that building is regulated under the Zoning Ordinance
- Site Alterations or Mineral Extraction as defined by Zoning Ordinance
- Construction of a motor vehicle driveway, parking pad or parking lot
2017 Zoning Ordinance Re-Write
SUMMARY OF 2017 ZONING ORDINANCE RE-WRITE
The 2012 Mini-Comprehensive Plan determined that the Borough's Zoning Ordinance was outdated and incompatible with the borough's existing social and economic conditions. The plan recommended rewriting the zoning ordinance to provide for a compatible and complimentary mixture of land uses, development patterns, and building designs, while respecting and enhancing the community’s established neighborhoods and other developed areas, and natural resources.
In 2016, with funding assistance provided through an Early Intervention Program Grant administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Borough hired the Urban Research and Development Corporation to rewrite the zoning ordinance and redraw the zoning map. A year-long project commenced that included several public meetings with a goal to create a zoning ordinance which carried out the following major community development objectives:
- to serve the goals and objectives of the “Myerstown Mini-Comprehensive Plan,” and the goals of the Lebanon County Comprehensive Plan;
- to conserve environmentally sensitive lands;
- to promote traditional styles of development and strong neighborhoods;
- to provide compatibility between various types of and uses, and encourage compatible mixes of uses;
- to provide for a variety of residential densities and housing types;
- to direct industrial development and intensive commercial development to locations that will minimize conflicts with homes;
- to promote new business development in appropriate areas that will provide additional tax revenue and job opportunities; and
- to promote pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly patterns of development.
The Borough's Zoning Ordinance sets certain design standards and guidelines for development in the Borough for the following purposes:
- To encourage appropriate redevelopment and reuse of underutilized sites.
- To improve the appearance of the Borough’s downtown and commercial areas.
- To enhance economic investment for businesses and property owners.
- To protect and conserve neighborhood architectural character.
- To enhance pedestrian safety and the quality of the pedestrian experience.
- To serve the purposes of the Traditional Neighborhood Development provisions of the MPC, and utilize the authority provided under those provisions.
Site Compatibility (see complete ordinance for more detail)
Summary of Additional Requirements in the TC, TMN, and OT Districts
Summary of Additional Requirements in the CF District