Souderton Borough Council, the Souderton-Telford Main Streets Program, and the Souderton Area School Board have joined together for a new stage in development. As construction nears completion on the new high school in Franconia Township, the school district has moved forward in marketing the Souderton Area High School property for sale. The development of this property poses many challenges, but presents many community benefits. The plans we create must address many borough-wide and regional issues.
As we shape our plans for sound land use and community development, we are setting the stage to encourage residents and developers to work together to craft Souderton’s revitalization. We look to our residents, businesses, and property owners to be a part of the major planning process.
Borough Council members believe that they and other residents must be proactive in visualizing the future redevelopment of the high school property, our core downtown business district, and the surrounding residential neighborhoods. Further, a cohesive plan and conceptual framework may help us attract investors and open opportunities for economic redevelopment grants.
In general, Souderton’s revitalization is about building a stronger infrastructure to attract businesses and residents while enhancing the look and feel of Souderton. As the borough’s streetscape plan evolves, Borough Council hopes to address long-term issues of traffic calming, pedestrian comfort and safety, landscaping, and parking. Planning elements may also include the review of zoning, building, subdivision, and land development ordinances; infrastructure needs; and regional development.
Here are some of the ways Souderton is revitalizing the borough:
The goal of the High School Redevelopment Project is to balance the opportunity for economic development without negatively impacting infrastructure, surrounding residential and commercial properties, elementary schools, and current and future revitalization efforts. Souderton Borough Council appointed DePallo Design and Planning to assist the Borough in this planning effort.
In December 2008, Metro Development Company presented its conceptual plan to transform the high school property into the Souder Hill Towne Centre. Some changes to the plan since its November 2008 unveiling included eliminating the natatorium and private health club along Chestnut Street and proposing a 3-story independent and assisted living facility.
An overview and conceptual sketch are available on www.SouderHill.com.
There are as many as 50 forms available at the borough office. We selected the most used forms for you to download here. More will be posted over time. Building Permit Application
Use and Occupancy Permits
A Use and Occupancy Permit is required for any sale or conveyance of property. This permit will require a physical inspection of your property, which should be completed 30 days prior to the scheduled settlement to provide time to address any noted problems. A priority of the inspection will include the condition of curb and sidewalks and/or the construction of curb and sidewalk along the frontage of your property if it is not present and the removal of any basement floor drain that is connected to the sanitary sewer system. The fee for this permit is $80.00. U&OApplication
Any property within the Borough of Souderton that is rented or leased must be annually registered with the Code Enforcement Officer. The annual registration fee is $40.00.
Regulations also require periodic inspections of all rental units to verify compliance with life and safety issues and the Property Maintenance Code. The inspections will occur every three to four years. The first round of inspection on all registered rental properties has been completed The inspection schedule is broken down by the three wards in Souderton Borough. Inspections of rental properties located in Ward 1 should be scheduling by the end of 2014. Ward 2 properties will begin inspections in 2012 and properties in Ward 3 will be scheduled beginning in 2013.
To request public records, download the Right-to-Know Request Form and submit it to the borough office. A response or an interim letter will be sent within five business days of receiving the request. Fees for records are based on the fees recommended by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records; photocopies will cost 25 cents per page and certified police reports will cost $15 per report. Specialized documents and postage fees will be billed at their actual costs.
For more information on the Right-to-Know Law, visit the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.