Model Ordinances

YCPC maintains model ordinances that can be used by municipal governments as a guide or example when developing resource management ordinances. If you need help with a topic not listed here, YCPC staff can develop or assist in the development of other model ordinances. Please contact the Chief of Municipal Planning for more information.

Geothermal Heat Pump

Geothermal Heating Systems Model Ordinance (PDF) 

This ordinance promotes the use and construction of geothermal heating systems while protecting water resources.

Outdoor Wood-Fired Boiler

Outdoor Wood-Fired Boiler Energy Systems Model Ordinance (PDF) 

This ordinance promotes the general health, safety, and welfare of the community by encouraging the proper construction, installation, and operation of outdoor wood-fired boiler energy systems.

Solar Panels at Snyders in Hanover

Solar Energy Model Ordinance (PDF) 

This ordinance provides for access to, and use of, solar energy systems.

Creek diverted around bridge construction project

Stormwater Management Model Ordinance (PDF) 

This ordinance contains standards and criteria consistent with the Act 167 Stormwater Management elements of the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP), of which this Ordinance is a part.

Trees and other landscaping as part of a commercial development

Sustainable Landscaping Model Ordinance (PDF)

This ordinance provides a holistic approach to the landscaping requirements that are typically found in municipal ordinances. These model regulations promote sustainable landscapes, conserve and restore healthy soils, reduce the use of irrigation for landscapes, improve the quality of surface waters, reduce energy consumption, provide wildlife habitat, and protect and restore native plant communities. The model ordinance can be used in whole or in part by municipalities and builds off of the existing work that is already in place in many of our municipalities. Development of the Ordinance was a joint effort of the YCPC, Penn State Cooperative Extension, York County Conservation District and consultant, Mary C. Kline, RLA.

Water Faucet

Water Supply/Well Testing Model Ordinance (PDF)

This ordinance ensures that certain water supplies for development projects that are otherwise unregulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, are safe, adequate and sustainable, and do not cause potentially adverse impacts to water users and the environment.

Wind Turbine at Frey Farm Landfill

Wind Energy Systems Model Ordinance (PDF) 

This ordinance promotes the safe, effective, and efficient use of wind energy as an accessory use and reduces the on-site consumption of utility-supplied energy while promoting the health, safety, and welfare of the community through appropriate zoning and land use controls.