Parks & Recreation

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Souderton’s recreational centerpiece is the Community Park and adjacent to The Souderton Pool

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Souderton Community Pool

 

Registrations form will be available  April 2016 online and at the Souderton Borough Office. Click on top right to go to the Pool’s website for more information about the Pool.

 

The latest map showing all Parks, Recreation and Cultural destinations in Souderton and Telford Boroughs has been completed recently and is available for download here.  Thanks to the Montgomery County Planning Commission / Indian Valley Regional Planning Commission for this interactive PDF that includes direct links to web pages related to the destinations. There is also an interactive PDF of the Indian Valley area parks available for download here.

 

Souderton Community Parks

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Wile Avenue and Reliance Road

“Music to your ears.” This handsome, covered outdoor theatre stage was constructed as a result of funding received from the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club and was dedicated to the Souderton Centennial Celebration on June 14, 1987. Donations for the construction came from individual club members and local businesses. The band shell is equipped with electric and an excellent lighting system. One unique aspect of the band shell is the arched laminated beam forming the front of the roof.

Beginning each June and continuing every Sunday through the beginning of August, “Concert Sundaes in the Park” features various musical concerts and programs geared for people of all ages. These free concerts start at 7 p.m. Each week a different community service club sells ice cream! Program booklets are available at the Borough Office. (In the case of inclement weather, the scheduled event is held in the auditorium of the Indian Crest Middle School, 139 Harleysville Pike Rt. 113).

Pavilion

In honor of Souderton’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, joint efforts of the Indian Valley Kiwanis Club and the Centennial Committee enabled the construction of this spacious sheltered picnic area. The pavilion is equipped with picnic tables, electric, lighting, and water. Reservations are required to use the pavilion during summer months. Check with the Borough Office for availability. Modular playground equipment is adjacent to the pavilion.

Holly’s Hill Park

Wile Avenue, and Diamond Street

Nearly 4 acres of passive open space, located at Wile Avenue and Diamond Street. The site has paved walking paths, benches, and a great view. It is a fabulous place to take a peaceful stroll.

Chestnut Street Playground

Wile Avenue and W. Chestnut Street

Located at the corner of Wile Avenue and W. Chestnut Street, this area features playground equipment for children and toddlers, a gazebo and picnic area. This park is currently under construction to replace old dated play equipment with a new accessible modular play structure, new individual pieces of play equipment and new accessible walking paths. This project is funded with a $195,000 Community Development Block Grant and private fundraising efforts through the Chestnut Street Community Cares fundraisng project chaired by Jen Ruggiero and the Souderton Mennonite Church. This effort raised over $90,000 in matching funds. The construction work is expected to be completed in June, 2014 and followed by an opening community celebration.

West Street Park

Located on West Street, south of Green Street.

This park is quietly tucked behind residential neighborhoods, designed for passive recreation along a small stream that cuts through the park. The park features picnic areas, playground equipment and tennis courts.

Lawn Avenue Park

Lawn Avenue and Washington Avenue This site, previously known as the Lawn Avenue Tot Lot, recently received a complete renovation. Where outdated playground equipment and a small ice-skating pond once stood, we now have a baseball field, batting cage, walking paths, lighting, and new off-street parking.

We have also installed new playground equipment geared toward kids ages 2 to 12. The new equipment features a swing set and two modular play pieces and is enclosed in a fenced-in area.

The pavilion is perfect place for snacks, picnic lunches, and spending time out of the sun. From the pavilion, parents will be able to keep an eye on their kids on the playground or watch a pick-up baseball game.

 

Click here to read more about the other  Community parks

Frequently Asked Questions

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Burning in the Borough

There is no Open Burning in the Borough. Items must be in a non combustible container in backyards only must be at least 20' from nearest property. No Closer than 16' from nearest property. Clean wood only. No Burning of leaves or grass clippings.

If you see this happening please contact our code enforcement officer 215-723-4371 as it is happening M-F 8:30-5 pm. If it is after hours please the police department 215-723-6500.

MAP OF WARDS/ Polling Locations/ Voter Registration

Polling Locations/  Click here for link to Montgomery County PA to be able to register to Vote

Ward 1: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 75 W. Broad St.
Ward 2: Zion Mennonite Church, Front St. & Cherry Ln.
Ward 3: Zwingli UCC, 330 Wile Avenue.

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New Lead Paint Requirements

Are you renovating, repairing or painting a home, child care facility or school built before 1978?

As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than 6 square feet of paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and trained to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

  1. For your protection make sure you only hire a contractor who is in a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Find a Lead-Safe Certified Firm near you
  2. Read about the EPA's requirements for renovation, repair and painting
  3. Download the Environmental Protection Agency’s brochure on renovation, repair and painting
Obtaining a Marriage License or Death Certifcation

Obtaining a Marriage License or Death Certifcation are done through Montgomery County-Norristown PA. Please click the links below for more information on how to Obtain them.

http://www.montcopa.org/204/Obtaining-a-Marriage-Record

http://www.montcopa.org/353/Recorder-of-Deeds

 

 

Paying Taxes

Donald D Bergey is the Tax Collector for Souderton Borough. His office is located at 31 W Summit St. He is in the office on  Monday AND Thursday 11 am to 5 pm. Check the top of your tax bill to see if he has any additional hours.  His Mailing address is PO BOX 64024 Souderton PA 18964. If you need to contact Donald his phone number is 215-207-1077

Permits

Permits are required for:

  • Curb, Sidewalk and Driveway Construction
  • New Construction, Alterations to Buildings
  • DEMOLITION PERMIT -demolition of residential or non-residential structures.
  • Plumbing
  • Roof
  • Sheds
  • Electrical/ Solar Panels/New service(Meter Replacement)/Generators
  • Sale of your Home (Use and Occupancy Permit) Also need Sewer/Trash and Tax Certification
  • Signs
  • Decks/Patios
  • Fences
  • Swimming Pools: Above Ground 24 inches or greater and  All In Ground
  • SPAS
  • Solicitations (Contact Police Department) 215-723-6500
  • Yard/Garage Sale
  • COMMERCIAL KITCHEN HOOD, DUCT AND EXHAUST EQUIPMENT
  • MECHANICAL PERMIT PROCEDURES-Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning for new construction, renovations, alterations, fireplaces and insert, wood and gas stoves

Contact the Souderton Borough Office before starting any construction to ensure that your project complies with various building and zoning ordinances. The Borough will need a copy of your plans, estimated construction cost, and contractor information. Click on Forms to get permits. Fee Schedule is located here. Contact our office to set up Inspections. 215-723-4371

Property Maintenance

FENCES - A fence permit is required to construct or replace a fence. Fences shall not exceed 6 feet in height in rear yards, with a maximum height of 4 feet in front yards. Fences in front yards must be designed to be open and ornamental. The finished side of the fence must be oriented to your neighbor. There is no setback requirement from property lines. Corner lots may require additional setbacks to maintain visibility at intersections. A professional surveyor should be contacted if you do not know where your property pins or monuments are located for your property. The property lines must be clearly visible or surveyed as a condition of the permit.

GRASS - Regular mowing required so as not to exceed six inches.

POOLS - Must be 10 feet from property lines. In-ground pools must be enclosed with a minimum 4' high fence and locking gate. Above ground pools must have removable ladders or fence-enclosed ladders and deck areas.

RECYCLING/TRASH REMOVAL -  In January 2016 we went to the single hauler in the Borough. JP Mascaro is the provider. Any issues you should be contacting the Borough office on your trash day. Please make sure your trash is out by 6:30 am on your collection day. Make sure your cans are out to the property line. Red can is for trash and blue lid can is for the recycling. Please only put recyclables in the tote with the blue lid.

SNOW REMOVAL - Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after cessation of snow. Clear a path of at least 30 inches wide.

SUMP PUMPS - Sump pumps cannot be discharged to sanitary sewer lines. Please redirect sump pump discharges from streets or sidewalks between November and March to avoid ice hazards.

TREES/SHRUBS - Trees must be trimmed to a height of 7 feet over sidewalks and away from street signs and stop signs. Shrubbery must be trimmed to avoid overhanging onto sidewalks.

CURB/SIDEWALK - Property owners are responsible for the construction or replacement of curb and sidewalk. Deteriorated curb and sidewalk must be replaced prior to any scheduled road reconstruction activity or prior to the sale or transfer of the property as part of the Borough’s Certificate of Occupancy permit.

Residential Rental Registration and Inspection Program

ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTIAL RENTAL OWNERS

Senate Bill No. 607 of November 2013 requires all residential multifamily and apartment buildings who use fossil fuel-buring heater or appliances or have an attached garage to install centrally located in the vicinity of sleeping rooms and the heater room carbon monoxide detectors within 18 months of notice. Occupants are required to test and maintain batteries in such devices.

Since 1991, owners of rental properties have been required to regularly report the names of tenants to the Borough Office. This program has yielded only moderate results, prompting the adoption of Souderton Borough Council Ordinance No 647 on October 4, 2004, which completely revamps the reporting process for rental properties.

The goal and objective of this new comprehensive program is to provide for the equitable distribution of tax levies; protect and promote health, safety and welfare of the residents and particularly the occupants of rental units; encourage owners and tenants of rental units to maintain such units in a well maintained, safe and sanitary condition and develop and maintain a comprehensive data base of information and contacts to better respond to police, fire and medical emergencies that may occur within rental properties.

Since 2004 the Borough has required every owner of rental property to annually file registration information with the Borough, including tenant information and contact information. This data is maintained by the Code Enforcement Officer and Police for purposes of making contacts in emergency situations. Tenant information will also be shared with the local tax collectors. To help defray administrative expenses, there is an annual registration fee to register a rental property, payable to Souderton Borough, which should be enclosed with the registration form. Upon submission of the required information, the Code Enforcement Officer will issue a Certificate of Occupancy for display in a common area of the building.

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 inspection schedule is broken down by the three wards in Souderton Borough.

We hope that this program will be beneficial for all parties involved. Please feel free to contact our office at 215-723-4371 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm if you should have any questions or require assistance in completing a rental registration form. This form can be Fax to 215-723-5569 emailed to Bea@soudertonborough.org or dropped off at office located 31 W Summit St Souderton PA.

The Borough is to be notified of any changes to tenants as they are moving in or out. This helps the Police and Tax Collector know who is living in the Borough.

Selling Your Home?

A Use and Occupancy Permit is required prior to the sale of residential or commercial properties. The purpose of this permit is to verify that the current or proposed use of the property complies with Zoning and Building Codes.  This form can be found here on the website under Forms and Use and Occupancy. Fee for this is $100.00. The paperwork should be submitted to our office at least 30 days before settlement. An inspection of your property is required and should be completed 30 days prior to the scheduled settlement to provide time to address any problems. Of particular concern is the condition of curb and sidewalk and the closure of cellar drains.

Please put in writing that you are requesting a sewer cert. With this you will get the outstanding balance for Sewer and Trash.  This can be sent in with the U&O. There is a $25.00 fee for the Certification. These should be sent to Souderton Borough Attn: MaryJane 31 W Summit ST Souderton PA 18964.

Also please make sure you are contacting North Penn Water to let them know of the settlement date.

We will send all paperwork the day before settlement to the contact information on the U & O Form.

Sewer Bills

The amount of your sewer bill is based on the number of residential or commercial units on your property and the volume of water consumption as metered by the North Penn Water Authority. Excessive water consumption caused by watering lawns, washing cars and driveways, or leaking plumbing fixtures will be reflected in higher sewer bills.

Sewer bills are mailed during the first week of February, May, August, and November. Payments may be made by mail or in person at the Borough Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The Borough accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and debit cards. Payments after hours can be deposited in the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Municipal Building.

Summer Home Renovation Tips

For many Souderton Borough homeowners, summer is a time for home improvement and construction projects! To best protect yourself from home improvement fraud, remember to complete these 4 research steps before hiring a contractor for home renovation work:

  1. All contractors must be registered with the state. Search for registered contractors on the Attorney General of Pennsylvania’s website
  2. Check out your contractor’s company with the Better Business Bureau
  3. Call your contractor’s references
  4. Always obtain more than 1 bid for your home improvement project
What is Recyclable

Please click the link below to see what items are recyclable and how to dispose of other items that you might have.

http://www.montcopa.org/1923/A-Z-RECYCLING-WHAT-TO-DO-WHEN-YOURE-DONE

Yard Sales

Anyone wishing to conduct a yard sale must obtain a Yard Sale Permit from the Borough Office. There is no fee for the permit. Call the Borough Office and provide your name, address and sale dates and pick up your permit at your convenience.

Residents are permitted to have 2 yard sales per year. A single yard sale can extend over two consecutive days and count as one yard sale. Remember, do not post yard sale signs on utility poles or street signs.

Redevelopment

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Souderton High School Redevelopment Plan

The pending sale of the Souderton High School property presented a significant opportunity for economic revitalization and enhancement of retail, restaurant, office and other commercial opportunities and establishments. The Borough of Souderton, in cooperation with the Souderton Area School District, Montgomery County Planning Commission and Souderton-Telford Main Streets, conducted a study in 2008 through DePallo Design and Planning, LLC to develop a redevelopment plan to address a myriad of development topics and community concerns. The study included an analysis of exisitng land uses, the “carrying capacity” for building bulk and scale, a traffic and parking analysis and other pertinent components. The study further presented zoning and design criteria recommendations to help achieve the intent of the final Redevelopment Plan.

The site contains nearly 20 acres of land located within the Borough of Souderton, with another 20 acres of land located across County Line Road in neighboring Hilltown Township, Bucks County. Through community meetings and public input, the consensus for a mixed use development became apparent. Further study then concentrated on various development scenerios along with pertinent financial and tax implications for each of the development plan options.

Following endorsement of the final Souderton High School Redevelopment Area Plan in July, 2008, the Souderton school Board moved forward with marketing the property for sale. An agreement of sale was entertained with Metro Development that proposed a redevelopment plan containing 156 residential units and 126,830 sf of commercial use within the Borough of Souderton, anchored by a large box store and a concentration of commercial stores on the Hilltown Township parcel. This agreement of sale and proposed development plan was ultimately withdrawn by Metro Development after an extended period of due deligence failed to obtain sufficient interest in the large box store and other commercial stores under the prevailing economy at that time.

Nearly four years passed until the Souderton School District reached an agreement of sale with Turnersville Estates and Timothy Hendricks to purchase the property. In July, 2013 Souderton Borough Council formally approved a development plan known as Berkeley Court, Phase 1, to construct 24 stacked townhomes and a 2,277 sf commercial building on the site of the high school parking lot along North School Lane and East Broad Street. The first building of 12 stacked townhomes is nearly complete, with six units to be occuppied in May, 2014. A copy of the development plan is appended.

Souderton Borough Council is now reviewing the concept plan for the remaing property within the Borough of Souderton. Many development scenerios have been presented over the past several months, all proposing a mixed-use development consisting of residential townhomes, condominiums, retail, office, restaurant and a hotel use. This concept plan meets the overall intent and objective of the master Redevelopment Plan, but has a building mix of 54% residential and 46% commercial. Current zoning regulations set a maximum of 50% residential. Further discussion on this plan will take place in May and June. The developer has requested a delay in the settlement date on the remaining property to afford more time for plan reviews and approvals. The current concept plan under consideration is appended as Berkeley Court Phase 2.

Attachments
Berkeley Court Phase 2
Berkeley Court Phase 1

Stormwater Management

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   Protect Our Water Supply

As storm water flows over roofs, across lawns, and down driveways, it picks up dirt, debris, and chemicals before entering storm drains. Storm drains then empties into the bodies of water we use for drinking, swimming, and fishing—our water supply. Project our water supply by helping to reduce the contaminants in our storm water.

Small MS4 Stormwater Program Overview

 

Here’s how:

  • Use the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program to dispose of hazardous household substances, such as used motor oil, cleaning supplies, and paint.
  • Use pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides properly to prevent excess runoff.
  • Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly. If left in your yard or at the park, pet waste can be carried into the storm sewer system or a stream by storm water runoff.
  • Instead of washing your car in your driveway, take it to a commercial car wash, where the water is treated and recycled.
  • Plant drought-tolerant, native plants and grasses in your garden. They often require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.

For more information on how storm water affects our water supply, use the links at right and below.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
Southeast Regional Stormwater Management

EPA Storm water Outreach Materials

MCM#1-Public Education Outreach Minimum Control Measure

MCM#2-Public ParticipationInvolvement Minimum Control Measure

MCM#3-Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Minimum Control Measure

MCM#4-Construction Site Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure

MCM#5-Post-Construction Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure

MCM#6-Pollution Prevention Good Housekeeping Minimum Control Measure

 

2017 Summer Tips

Helpful Storm water Links

The Link to the Montgomery County Conservation District: http://montgomeryconservation.org/watershed-management/

The link to the to Perkiomen Creek Watershed Map: http://www.perkiomenwatershed.org/watershed-area-map/

The link to the DEP Storm water website must be added as per their last MS4 Report review: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

The link to the DEP Storm water PA is a great educational website and should be added to the Storm water page: http://www.stormwaterpa.org/pennsylvania.html

Rain Drain Brochure also on the right hand side of this page.

2017 INFORMATION

Spring MS4 Article SPRING 2017

Press release SPRING 2017

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP!

Please report the following activities to the Borough if they are observed:

 

  • Sediment leaving a construction site
  • Spills such as chemicals, gas, diesel or oil
  • Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm sewers (Dial 911)
  • Sanitary sewer overflow
  • Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams (please allow 72 hours after a rain event to report)
  • Dumping or composting of firewood or leaves along stream embankments
  • Storage of firewood or other loose materials along stream embankments

 

During Normal Business Hours (M-F 8:30 – 5:00): 215-723-4371 Souderton Borough Office

During all other hours:  215-723-6500 Souderton Borough Police Department

 

Ordinances

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Souderton Borough Council has considered and enacted over seven hundred ordinances governing a vast variety of matters from designating streets, traffic laws, creating a police department, setting annual budgets and tax rates, building codes, property maintenance, use of public parks and public spaces to name only a few. Most of the borough ordinances are codified and maintained in specific categories for easy reference by a municipal consulting firm known as General Code. This firm is currently working on an update to our codification of ordinances to make this entire library of ordinances available online. This will be an extended process but please check back soon. In the meantime please contact or visit the Borough Office during regular hours to view the code or obtain a copy of a specific ordinance.

One major component of legislation is the Souderton Borough Zoning Ordinance, which establishes zoning districts throughout the Borough and permitted uses and other regulations governing the use of property. The Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance is appended to this article for viewing or downloading.

The division and development of property within the Borough is governed by the provisions of the Souderton Borough Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, most commonly referred to as SALDO. This ordinance is a comprehensive document governing procedures to create subdivisions of property and provides regulations for the development of property covering all aspects from utility construction, street construction, landscaping, stormwater management and even architectural standards in certain zoning districts. A copy of the SALDO regulations is also appended to this article.

Attachments
Souderton Borough SALDO
Souderton Borough Zoning Ordinance
2015 Zoning Map