Mount Holly Springs will seek the expertise of a Harrisburg civil engineering firm in the effort to update its 41-year-old subdivision and land development ordinance.
Borough council this week granted planning commission members permission to approach the firm of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. for information on their services and fees.
The plan may be to hire HRG to advise the borough on the update of Chapter 5 of the land development ordinance, which pertains to design requirements for such improvements as roads, sidewalks, storm water drainage, public water and sanitary sewer.
This review of Chapter 5 will take about two months to complete, said Pam Still, a borough council woman and liaison to the planning commission and zoning hearing board. She said Mount Holly will get advice from the Cumberland County planning officer on what to ask of HRG to keep down the costs.
The county will provide the borough with a model ordinance it can use to update the current ordinance, which dates from 1976, Still said. Commission members have already gone through all the ordinance books looking for regulations that reference the 1976 ordinance.
Merle Barclay, planning commission secretary, said the county ordinance is a template from which Mount Holly can draw language that pertains to its needs and conditions.
“That is our starting point,” he said. “We are going to look at what they have and what we may want to incorporate. It will be anything specific to us. We may not need everything.”
“We need approval to use HRG,” said Still before asking council if it was appropriate to approach the engineering firm. She said it may be as simple as HRG engineers filling in design specification numbers or carrying over some of the specifications already spelled out in the 1976 ordinance.
Council President James Collins II believes there may be some cost savings because HRG has probably done similar work for other municipalities over the years.