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The Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) is scheduled to vote on an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Definition at the November 28, 2018, public meeting. This ordinance was first proposed by Supervisor Mack at the July 11, 2018, BOS meeting (see summary minutes of that meeting here).
The Newtown Anti-Discrimination Ordinance is based on a similar ordinance recently passed by Yardley Borough. Yardley Council member Dave Bria introduced that ordinance in Yardley and made a case for a similar ordinance to be adopted by Newtown in a presentation before the Newtown BOS on September 26, 2018 (see video below).
Currently, there is no federal law that explicitly prohibits workplace discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Twenty (20) states plus Washington D.C. currently have laws which prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Pennsylvania law does not explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and is therefore the only state in the northeastern U.S. not to do so.
This ordinance is even more important now that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.
Human Relations Commission
The ordinance, a copy of which you can download here, would establish a Human Relations Commission that will handle complaints filed in person at the Newtown Township Building or by mailing such complaints to the Newtown Township Building or to the Chairperson of the Commission. The first step in the process involves inviting the parties to voluntarily participate in a fact-finding conference to resolve the dispute.
Members of the Commission must attend training and education seminars or sessions to acquaint themselves with the functioning of the Commission under the ordinance, as well as the terms, conditions and provisions of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and the operation of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
If Newtown Township were to adopt this ordinance, it would nearly double the number of individuals in Bucks County living in a municipality that prohibits LGBTQ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning - discrimination.
Posted on 20 Nov 2018, 14:03 - Category: Ordinances
JMZO Ordinance 2017-02 establishes two new uses: E-29 for Medical Marijuana Dispensary and G-15 for Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor. Dispensaries will only be located in the VC‐1 village commercial district in Upper Makefield, and provides for the medical marijuana grower/processors in the LI district in Newtown Township. Suggested reading: “Is There a Role for Medical Cannabis in Combating the Opioid Epidemic?”
JMZO Ordinance 2018-01establishes that consumer fireworks can be sold in PA, with restrictions to aerial displays. Note: Newtown's Park & Recreation Code states: "No person shall fire, discharge or have in his or her possession any rocket, firecracker, or other fireworks and substances of an explosive nature within the park system, without first obtaining a permit from the Board of Supervisors."
JMZO Ordinance 2018-02 establishes a Overlay Zoning Definition district within Wrightstown for properties at least 50 acres and are now or will be subject to a Conservation Easement Definition in favor of conserving the property and limiting the use. Permitted uses include micro-brewery, tasting room, “conservation” special events, art gallery, and community theater.
These ordinances were approved for advertising by the Jointure at the October 10, 2018, BOS meeting (see here).
THIS WILL BE YOUR LAST CHANCE to go on the record with your comments regarding these ordinances. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm at the Pubic Meeting Room at the Municipal Center, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.Read More...
Posted on 19 Nov 2018, 01:58 - Category: Ordinances
Recall from a previous post that on October 16, 2018, the Newtown Planning Commission sent back to the Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) for revision the proposed OR zone ordinance Text Amendment Definition designed to allow a “modern, motor vehicle fueling center consisting of a convenience store with accessory motor vehicle fuel sales” (e.g., Wawa) on the Bypass (read "The Newtown Township Planning Commission Stymies Path Forward for Wawa - For Now").
Several residents wondered what the next steps are in the process and when will they be able to see the amended ordinance. I wondered as well and asked Dave Sander, the Township Solicitor Definition, to outline the steps at the October 24, 2018, BOS meeting. The short answer was "it's complicated."
The following video clip from the October 24, 2018, BOS meeting provides the definitive and a more detailed answer, which may or may not clarify things.
I jokingly suggested we needed a flow chart to visualize the steps. Of course, I went ahead and created my own flow chart! There may be some steps that I left out, such as the participation by the Wrightstown and Upper Makefiled Planning Commissions. We are currently (October 30, 2018) at step #3. As suggested by BOS members, the whole process can take many months, even years!
Posted on 29 Oct 2018, 13:33 - Category: Ordinances