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Ordinance Archive

Older Ordinances

RIGHTS-BASED HOME RULE CHARTER

Blaine Township Study Commission Final Report and Home Rule Charter

ORDINANCES

Civil Liberties

Defense of Civil Liberties (Anti-Patriot Act) Ordinance

Packer Township Community Self-Government Ordinance

Corporations

Town of Monroe Local Self-Government Ordinance

Blaine Township Corporate Disclosure and Environmental Protection Ordinance

Donegal Township Democratic Self-Government and Local Control Ordinance

Wayne Township Environmental Protection Ordinance -- the "three strikes you're out" corporate ordinance
Wayne Township Corporate Ownership and Local Control Ordinance
Elections
A Voter Bill of Rights: A Fair and Clean Elections and Government Ordinance - Developed by Envision Spokane for presentation to the Spokane City Council
CELDF Model Elections Ordinance

Eminent Domain

Blaine Township Community Self-Governance and Corporate Takings Prohibition Ordinance

Montgomery County Anti-Corporate Takings and Securing Local Self-Governance Ordinance

Factory Farms

Southampton Anti-Corporate Agriculture Ordinance
Peach Bottom Sustainable Agriculture and Community Self-Governance Ordinance

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Genetically Modified Seed Planting and Transferral Prohibition and Democratic Self-Government Ordinance

Hard Rock Mining

Sample Sustainable Mining Policy, from Proposed Blaine Township Home Rule Charter, 2009

Blaine Township Corporate Mining Ordinance

The Town of Halifax corporate Mining, Bodily Trespass, and Community Self-Government Ordinance

Land Use

Blaine Township Corporate Land Development Ordinance

Borough of North Plainfield NJ Corporate Land Development and Local Self-Government Ordinance

Newtown Township Comprehensive Plan Ordinance

Windsor Township Corporate Land Development Ordinance

National Animal Identification System Nullification

Anti-NAIS Ordinance

Oil and Gas Drilling

Pittsburgh’s Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance
Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code, Title Six, Conduct, Article 1 “Regulated Rights and actions,” by adding Chapter 619 entitled “Toxic Trespass Resulting from Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling.”
Mountain Lake Park Maryland Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance
West Homestead Pennsylvania Community Rights Gas Extraction Prohibition Ordinance
Town of Wales, New York Community Protection of Natural Resources
Baldwin, Pennsylvania Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania Community Protection from Natural Gas Drilling Ordinance
Forest Hill Borough's Community Rights and Protection from Natural Gas Exploitation Ordinance
State College Borough's Community Bill of Rights Home Rule Charter Amendment
Las Vegas, New Mexico's Community Water Rights and Local Self-Governance Ordinance
Yellow Springs, Ohio's Community Rights and Protection from Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking Ordinance
Broadview Heights, Ohio's Petition to Amend City Charter with Community Bill of Rights Protection from Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking
Mansfield, Ohio's Charter Amendment for a Community Bill of Rights and Protection from Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking
Ferguson Twp, Pennsylvania's Petition to Amend Home Rule Charter with Community Bill of Rights Protection from Shale Gas Drilling and Fracking
Highland Twp, Pennsylvania's Community Rights and Protection from Injection Wells Ordinance
Mora Co, New Mexico's Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance
Niles, Ohio Community Bill of Rights Ordinance for Residents and Natural Communities Banning Fracking
Oberlin, Ohio Community Bill of Rights and Obligations Ordinance

Nockamixon Township Corporate Mining, Bodily Trespass and Democratic Self-Government Ordinance*

Sample Sustainable Mining Policy, from Proposed Blaine Township Home Rule Charter, 2009

Van Etten NY Water Rights and Community Self-Government Ordinance

Lehman Township Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance
Danby NY Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance

Pesticides and Toxic Trespass                                                                                

Santa Cruz Local Control, Pesticide and Chemical Trespass Ordinance

Retailing

Windsor Township Product Retailing Ordinance

Sewage Sludge and Toxic Trespass

Tamaqua Borough Sewage Sludge Ordinance [This is the FIRST legislation ever to recognize the Inalienable Right of Natural Communities and Ecosystems to Exist and Flourish (Rights of Nature) and was the model for language included in the National Constitution of Ecuador recognizing the Rights of Nature (RON)]

East Brunswick Sewage Sludge Ordinance, August 2006

Packer Township Sludge and Toxic Trespass Ordinance, April, 2008

Campbell County Sewage Sludge Ordinance
Mahanoy Township Sewage Sludge Ordinance

Sustainability Ordinances

Sustainable Energy Policy

Peach Bottom Sustainable Agriculture and Community Self-Governance Ordinance

Sugar Hill Right to a Sustainable Future and Local Self-Governance Ordinance
Plymouth Right to a Sustainable Future and Local Self-Governance Ordinance
Easton Right to a Sustainable Future and Local Self-Governance Ordinance
Grafton Right to a Sustainable Future and Local Self-Governance Ordinance

Toxic and Chemical Trespass

Bethel Corporate Toxics and Local Self-Government Ordinance

Tamaqua Borough Chemical Trespass Ordinance

East Berlin Chemical Trespass Ordinance

Waste

Bethlehem Local Control and Waste Reduction Ordinance

Tamaqua Borough Corporate Waste and Local Control Ordinance

St. Claire Borough Corporate Waste and Local Control Ordinance -- bans waste hauling through the jurisdiction

Water Rights

Barnstead Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance

City of Mt. Shasta Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance

Newfield Water Rights and Local Self-Government Warrant Article

Nottingham Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, original

Nottingham Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, as amended March 15, 2008

Shapleigh Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance
Wells Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance (not enacted)

Rockland Township Water Supply Protection Ordinance - (The Rockland Water Usage Ordinance)- requires any new, corporate, large users of water supplies within a local jurisdiction to prepare a Water Impact Study to show that industrial and commercial use of water will not have an adverse impact on groundwater supplies. This Ordinance has been adopted by five local governments in Pennsylvania.


 *This DRAFT ORDINANCE was not enacted, but was drafted at the request of community members in 2008. It was to be reviewed by the Township Board of Supervisors, was discussed with them, but was never brought to a vote.