2021 Preliminary Adoption Available for Public Inspection
Hellertown Borough Council will consider for adoption the following ordinance at its January 4, 2021 meeting to be held via WebEx.
An ordinance of the Borough of Hellertown amending certain provisions of Ordinance No.: 644, as amended, known and cited as the Hellertown Borough Zoning Ordinance of 2002 as amended and as set forth in Borough Code chapter 450 modifying definition of unit, clarifying recreation fees in commercial zoning districts, adding a municipal exclusion in the zoning ordinance, modifying Flexible Redevelopment Overlay to Highway Commercial and adding a definition of municipal use for various zoning districts, adding lot area and dimension requirements and clarify the FRO zoning district and amending the Borough Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance as amended and as set forth in chapter 390 of the Borough Code of Ordinances to provide non-residential recreation fees.
The full text of the Ordinance is available on the Borough’s website www.hellertownborough.org and the Northampton County Law Library.
The Borough of Hellertown is seeking an interested resident to serve on its Planning Commission. The Planning Commission helps manage development in Hellertown Borough. The commission reviews subdivision and land development plans, then makes recommendation to Borough Council. Members are appointed to a 4-year term. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to email@example.com or Borough of Hellertown Attn: Borough Manager 685 Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055 by Friday, November 27, 2020.
NEW ROUND OF FACADE GRANTS AVAILABLE
What it is: This program is designed to assist downtown businesses in making exterior renovations to their front facades. It will provide for matching 1 to 1 reimbursement grants for façade improvements in the Borough of Hellertown up to a maximum amount of $10,000 per property.
Up to $3,000 of the $10,000 maximum in grant funding can be used for Streetscape-level improvements to your property, whereby you can receive one dollar in façade grant money for every two dollars you invest into these types of improvements.
Why invest: The Façade Program is intended to stimulate private investment in the preservation of historic downtown architecture and to foster image-making improvements to properties.
- Benefits to property owners include: Higher rents, more stable leases, increased occupancy rates, improved marketability and higher property values.
- Benefits to business owner include: Increased sales, improve image and visibility of your business, increases exposure, creates an inviting atmosphere and reduce overhead.
- Benefits to the community include: Help create a sense of place, enhance safety and cleanliness, recruit better employees, develop a more stable tax base and reduce pressure for sprawl development.
Eligible properties: Any business or business property owner (excluding government or non-profit entities) within the following map are eligible:
Project Boundaries: On Main Street: from Walnut Street through Kichline Avenue
On Water Street: from Front Street to Delaware Avenue
All of Front Street: from E. Thomas
Avenue to Walnut Street
- Eligible Facade Level Activities
(Require a $1 match for every grant $1 – maximum of a $10,000 grant allocation)
Brick and Stone Masonry, Architectural Metals, Doors, Windows, Exterior Woodwork, Storefronts, Signage, Painting, Awnings, Lighting, Shutters, Power Washing, Roofing , Gutters, Design Assistance (see “Eligible Activities” Section in the Policies and Procedures document for more detailed information)
- Eligible Streetscape Level Activities
(Require a $2 match for every grant $1 – up to a $3,000 grant allocation, which counts towards the $10,000 maximum per property)
Sidewalks, street trees, fences, retaining walls, other site improvements (as approved on a case by case basis)
- Ineligible Activities
Landscaping (with the exception of street trees), benches, trash cans, paving, parking lots, and sandblasting are not eligible activities.
- Review guidelines
- File Notice of Intent to Apply form (complete); await word on eligibility
- Pursue Design Assistance (not required – but encouraged)
- Fill out a formal application for a Façade Grant
- Façade Grants are awarded by the Hellertown Planning Commission; await word on the status of your application
- Complete a reimbursement agreement (if project is approved)
- Begin construction (please note – any work completed before the reimbursement agreement is signed will not be eligible for reimbursement)
- Complete construction, obtain all necessary materials and submit for a reimbursement check
- Receive reimbursement check
For more information: Please note that this is only a general overview of this program. For a full copy of the policies and procedures, please contact Cathy Hartranft at 610-838-7041.