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Oxford Borough plans June 13 Open House

06/12/2024 10:40AM ● By Betsy Brewer Brantner

The Borough of Oxford will hold an open house on June 13 to discuss proposed changes to the Subdivision Land Development and Zoning Ordinances. 

It will take place at the Oxford Borough Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The purpose of the open house is to provide the public with the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed regulations before they are finalized for consideration by Oxford Borough Council. The Open House will provide an informal setting to discuss the regulations and for residents to be able to ask questions of the project team. Attendees may come and go as their schedule allows. Please note this is not the final opportunity for review of the proposed ordinance revisions, as they will continue to be refined and developed based on the feedback that is received.

Oxford Borough received a $100,000 grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) program for the purpose of completing the update. The borough worked with Colliers and FHI Studio Between February of 2023 and June of 2024 to prepare new land development and zoning regulations and a zoning map that accomplishes the following:

  • Helps achieve the goals, objectives, and action items of the borough's new Comprehensive Plan;
  • Encourages infill development and a mix of density and land use;
  • Considers historic preservation and promotes development and redevelopment in accordance with the borough's historic character;
  • Ensures new development is compatible with the borough's traditional development pattern;
  • Maintains and improves walkability in the Borough;
  • Accommodates a variety of housing types with a focus on attainable housing for people at all income levels;
  • Prioritizes transportation alternatives and provides for the integration of a multi-modal transportation network into the fabric of the borough's traditional settlement pattern.

Borough Council also recently heard a presentation from Steve Krug from Krug Architects on the subject of solar power. He described the pros and cons of using solar power with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint and saving the borough money on electricity.

The Borough has the possibility of saving energy in all the buildings they currently own, so the discussion will be continue in future council meetings.

In other business, borough council approved a motion to accept the Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. Special Event Permit Application for the Sounds of Summer event on July 5, conditional upon payment of $694 for this event, which is the 50 percent deposit for one-third of the cost to provide police services.

Borough council also approved the notice of intent to award a contract for the Water Meter Replacement Project to Rio Supply Inc. of Pennsylvania, the lowest bidder on the project, in the amount of $825,922.12. The contract agreement is contingent upon receipt and review of contractor references and a financial statement, performance and payment bonds, and the required insurance. 

The next Oxford Borough Council meeting will be held on June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Borough Hall.