Zoning Ordinance Updates

Ferguson Township is performing a major update to both the Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development (SALDO) ordinances that Planning & Zoning staff expect will be adopted early this year. A fifth generation of revisions to these ordinances is nearly complete and will be presented to the Planning Commission at its meeting on January 28. 

Changes will be forthcoming. For example, the Department of Planning & Zoning is expected to rezone the following areas:

  • a section of North Atherton Street from Commercial/Office to Commercial only.
  • five parcels around Harner Farm from Rural Agricultural (RA) to R1 (Residential) or Commercial, consistently zoning them with all adjacent parcels. There will be a buffer between the commercial and residential areas.
  • a section of homes adjacent to the Agricultural Research (AR) site of the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Rock Springs (Penn State Ag Progress Days) from AR to R1 (Residential).

Textual changes to the ordinance will include Ordinance “Quickviews” that allow the reader to gain access to permitted use information, lot size and setback requirements for a particular district on just one page. 

The Department of Planning & Zoning will host an open house for residents who have questions about changes to these ordinances as well as updates to the zoning map. Those attending will have an opportunity to see the "Quickviews" as well as explore the idea board. The staff plan to meet one-on-one at the open house with those who have questions about developing or subdividing their property, as well as permitted uses on their property. 

Ferguson Township Planning & Zoning Open House on the Zoning and SALDO Ordinances, Zoning Map, and Idea Board
6 pm Thursday, February 21
Main Meeting Room of the Ferguson Township Municipal Building
3147 Research Drive 
State College

View the most recent draft updates below. The updated documents will post shortly.

Background on the Process to Date
The Township employed the services of Environmental Planning & Design in Pittsburgh to assist with the project. Working with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, the Planning & Zoning staff have drafted a new zoning ordinance with improved formatting, graphics, dimensions, density, and terminology. “The zoning ordinance has been updated time and time again over the years and pieced together to what we have today,” said Director of Planning & Zoning Raymond Stolinas. “The new version will be user-friendly, clearly explaining what you can and cannot do under the zoning ordinance.” 

Revisions to the zoning ordinance will allow the Township’s agricultural community greater latitude in accessory uses for agriculture-related land development. For example, farm owners will be able to use barns to store boat and RVs, and may now operate cideries, for example, or offer honey sales. 

Local farmers who participated in focus groups facilitated by the Planning & Zoning staff said they appreciated the Township’s response to their concerns about the ordinances. 

Residents are invited to participate in the rewrite by exploring and sharing your thoughts on the Zoning Update Idea Board, an interactive map that allows users to explore the Township’s working draft of its land use designations and dimensional criteria for the community’s zoning districts. 

The Idea Board truly is a place for ideas, and we welcome your thoughts.  Further, if you have thoughts about specific areas of the community, you are welcome to submit land use-oriented comments/concerns to the Township through this Idea Board. 

To get started sharing your thoughts on the zoning updates, we encourage you to view this Idea Board tutorial.

The tutorial explains how to navigate the site and seeks to answer any questions you may have. Should you need these instructions again, you'll also find links to the tutorial on the Idea Board site. 

We hope you enjoy exploring!

Draft Zoning Ordinance_January 2019
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Draft Zoning Ordinance_October 2018
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Draft Zoning Ordinance_March 2018
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Draft Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance_January 2019
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Draft Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance_October 2018

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Draft Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance_March 2018
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Existing Zoning Ordinance