South Whitehall Bans Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers
Commissioners vote unanimously to ban wood-fired boilers and clarify ambiguous language included a previous version of the ordinance.
South Whitehall commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday evening to adopt an amended ordinance that bans outdoor wood-fired boilers and includes specific language distinguishing them from indoor versions.
During an Oct. 3 public hearing to discuss the ordinance, resident Doug Snyder told commissioners his application for an indoor boiler was denied and commissioners decided to table a vote so township administrators could investigate Snyder's situation.
Although language in the Oct. 3 version of the ordinance specifically identified outdoor boilers, Solicitor Joseph Zator said rules would apply to indoor units if the manufacturer deems they can also be used outside.
The amended ordinance adopted Nov. 7 includes language that closes this loophole and allows for indoor units like the one Snyder installed.
The ban was originally proposed in March 2011 in response to nuisance concerns like smoke and odor. It was considered by township planners as a way to restrict boilers to large-lot zoning areas in low-density areas. The planning commission ultimately decided to recommend a total ban instead.