Mount Joy Borough adopted its Zoning Ordinance on April 4, 2016.  The purpose of the Ordinance and community development objectives are adopted in accordance with the goals of the Donegal Region Comprehensive Plan.  The relevant goals and objectives of such plan have been modified, for the purpose of Chapter 270, as follows:

(1)      Incorporate the policy goals established by the Lancaster County Planning Commission.

(2)      Promote innovative residential design that encourages the creation of a sense of community for undeveloped parcels.

(3)      Provide startup housing opportunities that are affordable to young families.

(4)      Encourage adaptive reuse and infill development.

(5)      Protect sensitive and important natural features from indiscriminate development.

(6)      Stimulate economic development and revitalization by attracting commercial uses (such as retail, service and specialty stores) to the downtown area.

(7)      Encourage additional light industrial development, particularly in the eastern part of the Borough; maintain and enhance existing industrial areas.

(8)      Provide opportunities for home occupations of limited intensity.

(9)      Work to improve the marketability of underutilized buildings.

(10)  Provide for the diverse housing needs of all of the region’s current and future residents.

(11)  Provide for the preservation of historic resources.

(12)  Provide for development that takes full advantage of the availability of public water and sewage services.

(13)  Encourage the creation of developer-aided neighborhood parks in future residential developments; work to improve parkland in existing neighborhoods where there is a deficit.

(14)  Coordinate future land and roadway functions to maximize safe and efficient use of major roads.

(15)  Coordinate road improvements with planned roadway functions, design standards and planned land uses.

(16)  Assure that future development provides for access designs and planned locations that minimize traffic congestion and safety problems; encourage needed improvements to be completed by developers.

(17)  Promote alternative means of transportation, such as pedestrian movement, bicycles, public transit and carpooling.

(18)  Seek to minimize the need for zoning variances for routine improvements.