The Township is amending some of its ordinances.  Select the titles below to view additional information about each amendment.

Chapter 217 Streets and Sidewalks

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of Upper Allen Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, shall consider for adoption and enactment of, an amendment to the Upper Allen Township Code, Chapter 217 (Streets and Sidewalks), Article I (Street Openings and Excavations), at their regular meeting on September 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., prevailing time, at the Upper Allen Township Municipal Building, 100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.   To view the draft ordinance, select: Chapter 217-Draft Ordinance.     Ordinance 753 adopted on Septmeber 7, 2016.  To view the ordinance, select: Ordinance-753

Chapter 245 Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map


The Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 245) contains land use regulations for land within the Township.  It defines legal rights and constraints regarding land use, and regulates size, impervious coverage of lots, density of development, building heights, parking requirements, and sign requirements for each parcel of land.  The Zoning Map depicts the number and type of zoning districts, and delineates district boundaries throughout the Township.


Beginning in 2015, Township staff and an ad-hoc committee embarked on an effort to review and update the existing Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map.  The result of these efforts are the documents listed below.  The intent of the proposed amendments is to carry out the objectives and goals from the Township’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan.  The amendments are also meant to reflect current lifestyles and community changes, as well as state law and legal/legislative actions.  

The Township welcomes your input.  The proposed amendments are meant to be a work in progress.  Questions and/or comments related to the Draft Ordinance and/or Map may be directed to Jennifer Boyer, Community Development Director at

Public Meetings

Over the next several months, the proposed amendments will be discussed with the Planning Commission.  The first scheduled public meeting will be on October 31, 2016.  Once the Planning Commission has an opportunity to thoroughly review the proposals and consider input from the public, they will make their recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.  The Board of Commissioners will then schedule a public hearing to receive additional testimony from the public.  Please check the board's respective agendas for additional information. 

Check back to this site often as meeting schedules, forms, revisions, and other documents will be posted here.


To view draft documents, click on the links below. 


Event Timeline

  • June 26, 2017: 6th Planning Commission meeting. Discussion of June amendments and all other amendments to date.
  • April 24, 2017: 5th Planning Commission meeting. Discussion of amendments and zoning map.
  • March 27, 2017: 4th Planning Commission meeting.  Continued discussion of Articles 4, 5, 6, 7, and 14.
  • Janaury 30, 2017: 3rd Planning Commission meeting.  Discussion of Articles 4, 5, 6, 7, and 14.
  • November 28, 2016: 2nd Planning Commission meeting.  Discussion of Articles 1, 2, 3, and 16.
  • October 31, 2016: 1st Planning Commission meeting.  Planning Commission presentation.  PC Presentation 10-31-16
  • September 15, 2016: Cumberland County Planning Commission review. 
  • January – May 2016: Focus Group met to discuss draft language, provide input, and make suggestions for further review and analysis. 
  • December 2015: Ad-hoc focus group assembled to provide input and recommendations on the Township’s Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map.

Page Created: 08/31/16 Last Updated: 06/21/17

Chapter 220 Subdivision and Land Development

The Board of Commissioners, at their meeting on January 18, 2017, amended the provisions of Chapter 220, Section 22, Subsection B to include language which requires new fire hydrants to be installed with a specific type of adapter.   The ordinance is available here: Ordinance 762.


The Township also amended several sections within Chapters 213 and 214.  For more information about these amendments, click on the tab below.


Event Timeline

  • January 18, 2017: Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 762.
  • Public Hearing Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
  • December 21, 2016:  Board of Commissioners will discuss the amendment and consider scheduling a public hearing date for public testimony.
  • October 31, 2016: 1st Planning Commission meeting.  Planning Commission recommended approval of an amended ordinance.  Ordinance Amendment 220-22.B
  • October 3,2016: Cumberland County Planning Commission to review. 

Chapters 213 and 214 - Stormwater Updates and the "Simplified Approach"

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandating municipalities to adopt stricter stormwater management requirements in order to comply with all permitting requirements.  To comply with our stormwater permit, the Township is required to amend its Storm Sewers and Stormwater Management Ordinances.   These changes will impact what is permitted and not permitted to be discharged into storm drains.

In addition to these amendments, the Township modified  additional sections within the Stormwater Management Ordinance (Chapter 214) and the Subdivision Land Development Ordinance (Chapter 220).  The "Simplified Aproach" has been created as a tool to help property owners manage stormwater on their property and streamline the process of designing on-site stormwater facilities for new, minor residential and accessory structure projects.  This manual will serve as a tool for residents to determine the appropriate facilities for their property, project, and budget.  This design method is not intented to be used with large-scale subdivision & land development projects, or activities that include construction of stormwater infrastructure.  This design method was intended for projects that contain more than 1,000 square feet but less than 5,000 square feet of impervious surface.  The Simplified Approach Application and mapping tools can be found on our Permits Page. 

For more information about the amendment to Chapter 220, click on the tab above.


The Board of Commissioners, on January 18, 2017, adopted Ordinance 762, amending sections within Chapters 213, 214, and 220.  The Ordinance is available here: Ordinance 762.  The Township will be posting additional educational stormwater materials on the website and Facebook.  Stormwater and MS4 information can be found on the following web page: Stormwater Management - MS4.


For more information on the Stormwater Ordinance Amendments click the link below: 

Explanation of the Recent Ordinance Updates on January 18



Event Timeline

  • January 18, 2017: Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 762.
  • Public Hearing Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
  • December 21, 2016:  Board of Commissioners discussed the amendments and scheduled a public hearing date for public testimony.


Last updated: 01/20/17