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District 10P.O. Box 429Indiana, PA 15701724-357-2800Local PADOT (PENNDOT) officeButler maintenance garage: 724-284-8800 PennDOT District 10
Cranberry’s government operations are financed by a combination of user fees and taxes on real estate, business revenues, individual earned income, property transactions, and local employment. The Township uses both contractors and elected tax collectors to collect recurring tax payments. Butler County’s Recorder of Deeds collects real estate transfer taxes at the time a property is sold. Real Estate Property.
The Board of Supervisors meet on a twice monthly basis (first and last Thursdays of the month at 6:30 pm. in Council Chambers to conduct business on behalf of the Township. All meetings of the Board are open to the public with an opportunity at each meeting for public comment.
Cranberry Township is Butler County’s largest municipality Meet the Board of Supervisors
Regulations for cats and dogs can be found in the Code of Ordinances.
Kym Secreet, Animal Control Officer. 724-503-4417
Yes. All dogs and cats must be under control of their owners; they are not permitted to run free.
Cranberry Township does not limit either the number or types of animals that you keep on your residential property for your own purposes. However keeping animals on a residential property for any business purpose is restricted. We also suggest you check with your HOA.
U. S. Census Bureau Population: 2019: 31,362; 2018: 31,560; 2017 (est.) 30,762; 2015: 30,458; 2014: 30,170; 2010: 28,098; 2000: 23,625; 1990: 14,816; 1980: 11,066.
Butler County. 2019 (189,656).
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124 West Diamond Street Butler, PA 16001 724-779-7633 or 724-285-4731
Exceptions can be made, by request
Take note of the signage in your neighborhood and alert visitors to park in your driveway, or, if you're expecting lots of guests, request on-street parking permission from the Township by contacting the Police Department at 724-776-5180, option 7, with information about when and where your event will be held. Your name, address, requested dates, and phone number are required to process the request. Parking on residential streets
No. The registry is available to residential homeowners who wish to make the individual decision to prohibit commercial door to door sales calls at their homes. Attempts to register large numbers of addresses will be identified by the system.
No, the two things are different. The Do Not Knock list requires only that you register your home on line. The No Solicitation sign is necessary for the successful prosecution of trespass offenses, such as defiant trespass.
Yes. There is an identification badge that must be worn by commercial door to door sales persons and must be visible to homeowners. The badge is issued by the Police Department when the license is issued.
Yes, Cranberry Highlands has a PLCB Liquor License. Alcohol is be available for purchase from the clubhouse grill. All alcohol must be purchased from the club house. Personal coolers are permitted. Cranberry Highlands management reserves the right to inspect any personal coolers.
Room reservations are available to the public after the Township recreation schedule has been added to the calendar. Some rooms have rental fees. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 724-779-4 FUN (4386).
The youth sports organizations have use of the fields as agreed upon by the Parks & Recreation Department. We do rent the field when not scheduled by those organizations. Please print and complete the Field Use form. Fees do apply.
Your permanent residence must be a Cranberry Township address in order to receive the resident discount rate. This rule is for all programs and facilities of the Township that have resident and non-resident fees.
Acceptable Proofs of Cranberry Township Residency
* Current PA Driver’s License or DMV printout * Voter Registration card * License to Carry card * Car Registration and/or Insurance card * Any photo ID with a valid Township address
Failure to provide one of the above acceptable proofs of residency, will result in non-residential fees applying.
You can sign up for "Notify Me" through Cranberry Connect to receive email/text announcements.
This is a common practice that the Township has encouraged for decades. CTAA (baseball & softball); SVSC (soccer); SVJFA (football); Dek Hockey; Volleyball - all charge per participant or team, by the season. The CTPA membership fee is very modest.
The rules for Public Play was determine by the Township, not CTPA. The winning team stays on and split and losing team leaves, allowing two new players to join the two that remain, is a common format that assures that everyone can play. Private games during Public Play times is not allowed. CTPA does offer to members Your Four Play that allows any four members of any rating to play exclusively together along with other benefits.
Criminal history forms submitted by the applicant to the Pennsylvania State Police will cover arrests made anywhere in Pennsylvania. https://epatch.state.pa.us/
Cranberry’s local District Judge, or magistrate, is located at 9028 Marshall Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. The office phone is 724-772-1717.
At the District Judge’s office if the amount in dispute is $12,000 or less. The office is located at 9028 Marshall Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. The office phone is 724-772-1717.
Applications can be obtained at the police department or online. Completed forms must be taken, in person, to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office at the County Courthouse.Alternatively, the Butler County Sheriff does visit the Municipal Center to issue gun carry permit registration and renewals. Check our web calendar for dates.
Stormwater commonly refers to runoff from rain, snow and ice melt. In the Township’s natural settings, stormwater slowly soaks into the ground surface or flows overland into adjacent streams. This process relies on an abundance of pervious surfaces such as grasslands, farmland, lawns, or other natural landscapes. In Cranberry Township, along with all other areas of the state, these natural surfaces are often replaced with impervious or hard surfaces such as streets, sidewalks, parking lots, homes or other similar structures. The result of an urbanized region is the reduced amount of natural area available to absorb stormwater. With an increase in impervious or hard surfaces, a larger amount of stormwater ends up flowing, at a swift rate, over these surfaces where it tends to collect chemicals and debris along the way. If not properly controlled, stormwater can overwhelm streams and embankments and cause major flooding in the Township, along with soil erosion and water pollution.
Cranberry Township has established a stormwater management system which will manage the movement of stormwater throughout the Township’s entire stormwater system. The proposed Stormwater Management Program identifies costs that are being generated to collect and convey stormwater. Those costs are then dispersed among all Township landowners with developed property. Aging infrastructure and changing regulations require regular maintenance, replacement, and upgrade projects annually. A plan is needed to address the millions of gallons of stormwater that is processed by the Township.
The proposed stormwater program is based on a base rate utility. This means that properties (both residential and non-residential) in the Township would be charged one base rate. This utility base rate has no relationship to property size but is in relation to costs necessary to operate the system. No singularly owned residential properties (single family homes, townhouses, etc.) would be proposed to pay anything more that the base user rate.
Landowners pay the base rate utility?
Well and septic landowners are being proposed to be a part of the program as the program is based on the stormwater system.
If the Township would use its General Fund, which is mostly funded through taxes, then tax-exempt properties would not be contributing to the entire system’s maintenance and sustainability. Funding for stormwater would then have to compete with other important spending priorities. To ensure that stormwater maintenance remains a priority, it is important to implement an adequate and stable revenue source. If the Growing stormwater costs remain in the General Fund, it would either result in a cut in basic services and/or a tax increase.
The General Fund dollars have not funded the stormwater program needs on a consistent basis nor fully funded the Program. The dollars have fluctuated over the years, depending upon the availability of capital dollars and the demand on General Fund dollars. It is anticipated the Township will need to consistently fund the Stormwater Management Program in the amount of $2M within the next several years. For 2020, the General Fund funds will continue to be assigned to stormwater projects. In 2021, the Stormwater Fee will start replacing those dollars from the General Fund. The General Fund will then be positioned to fund anticipated increased costs in public safety and road maintenance, the core purpose of the General Fund, without the need for a General Fund Tax increase.
To meet state or federal mandated requirements a proposed comprehensive stormwater management program is needed to fund and maintain projects that would maintain and improve stormwater infrastructure. If these requirements are not met, the Township is subject to very serious fines by the PA DEP and U.S. EPA. To meet mandates, the Township has implemented a pollution reduction plan that is compliant with their Municipal Separate Storm Water System (MS4) permit.
The Township will use a stormwater utility management approach system that would charge developed properties (taxable & tax exempt) a fair and equitable fee to support the costs of the management and capital improvements needed within the stormwater management system in compliance with the PA DEP and U.S. EPA regulations.
A developed property is a parcel that includes impervious surfaces – which could include pavement, gravel, parking lot, building, roof, brick, stone, asphalt, or cement. An impervious surface is anything that is an artificial structure which impedes the absorption of stormwater into the ground.
The Authority has been in place since 2014. Their responsibility is to support the municipal service needs of Cranberry Township. To be efficient in the administration of the Stormwater Management Program it is proposed the General Authority would partner with the Township of the implementation of the proposed stormwater management program through a utility management approach.
The proposed utility management approach supports the entire stormwater system throughout the Township. Each real estate parcel pays a utility charge in order to fund the capital improvements and maintenance of the public stormwater system.
Landowners, which includes homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, churches, colleges, school districts, and municipal agencies.
The Township will develop a stormwater budget based on a stormwater system assessment. The Township will develop a proposed rate that will help maintain and sustain the public stormwater system which is subject to billions of gallons of stormwater that passes through the system every year. Implementation of the utility is being implemented in a phased approach over the first two years of the program.
The proposed Stormwater Management Program will identify costs that are being generated to collect and convey stormwater and disperse these costs among all Township landowners. Year 1 will be 2020, and funds generated will go toward capital projects. The first-year proposed utility rate is estimated at $3 per month. The second year (2021) will address both capital and operational expenses that will be implemented with an estimated utility rate of $6 per month.
Commercial properties are assessed differently than residential properties. The more impervious area a property has, the more runoff flows from the property, placing more demand on the Township’s stormwater system. Billing will be based on the impervious surface area of each commercial property. This is a more equitable way to determine the fee than using property values and is a widely acceptable method of stormwater management for commercial businesses across the Commonwealth.
The Township will use aerial imagery from its GIS (Geographic Information Systems) computer software system to identify impervious surfaces.
Each property/parcel will be assessed the base rate. The Township cannot reduce the utility cost lower than the base rate. Properties will be responsible to support the Township’s public stormwater system as every developed parcel is using it for stormwater management.
The complete stormwater management utility system is composed of both private and public usage. Private stormwater utility systems are those that are owned, managed, and maintained under a private sector such as HOA’s, individual lot owners, etc. Public stormwater utility systems convey water from the private sector across the utility network to final outfalls where water quality and quantity are measured. Same as with the sewer, water, electrical and gas utilities, the connections from that utility into a private property are privately owned and maintained.
Taxes are collected from property owners, are based on the assessed value of their property, to cover costs for general Township services. Under a utility approach a base rate rather than a tax is established. The base rate is established on cost to operate and maintain the system. The costs are distributed across users who are served by the utility, which in this case is the current and proposed enhanced stormwater system.
Refer to the Stormwater Rate Appeal Form on this website and follow instructions to submit form.
Cranberry Township has been ordered by the Federal and State government to increase its responsibilities in managing stormwater runoff, just like thousands of other municipalities across the country. This unfunded mandate is incurring annual costs upon the Township to maintain its stormwater system in a manner acceptable to meet current regulations and permits. These new costs are not sustainable under the current financing system, creating emerging threats to maintaining the Township’s core services. The approach here is the same approach taken with sewer and water services, they are not paid for by the General Fund, but, based upon fair and equitable charges to the users of those systems. A utility system approach recommended as the most appropriate response to these mandates and adopted by thousands of municipalities across the country. Cranberry’s approach includes a partnership between its General Authority and Cranberry Township to implement this recommendation in the most fair and efficient manner possible.
The Township has been publicly discussing the new PA DEP and U.S. EPA requirements for the past two plus years and the financial impact upon the Township. The Township begun educating its residents as early as 2016 with articles in the Township’s quarterly newsletters. Those articles are linked on this page, Stormwater Management
There is a $1.00 credit available for Stormwater ONLY Customers, who pay their bill using e-bill or automatic payment. Sign up here for e-bill or automatic payment.
Duncan Manor Shopping Center in Allison Park (412-364-4793 photo) (412-366-3502 exam)
Butler Mall in Butler (724-287-0973 photo) (724-284-1424 exam)
Beaver County (724-773-0305 photo) (724-773-7462 exam).
Hours of operation vary, so it is best to call ahead. You can take your driver’s exam at any of these locations. More Information
Records can also be ordered online. Charges may apply depending on the types of information requested. More Information
They make it more difficult to remove snow and ice. Children use the bumps and humps for skateboarding.Drivers can be caught off guard, creating potential dangers.They can create a liability for the Township resulting from accidents allegedly caused by the obstacles or from allegations of damage to vehicles while driving over the obstacles.
Call the Fire Company, 724-776-1196. Leave your name, phone number, and your call will be returned.
First, check to make sure the battery is good. Batteries should be replaced twice a year. If the batteries are fresh and the problem continues, call 911.
No. Cranberry defines recreational fires as small fires that are used for cooking food, using a fire pit three feet in diameter or less.
No; the Township does not permit burning to dispose of waste or debris, whether in an open space or contained in a burn barrel.
Please be safe. Refer to the State Police FAQ page.
Updated 7/7/2020: According to an order from Governor Tom Wolf, masks are to be worn outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
This includes at the Township Waterpark, where masks should be worn while entering the facility and when speaking with any staff member. Masks should also be worn on the in other areas if social distancing is not possible.
Please help keep other guests and staff safe by bringing your own mask when visiting the Waterpark.
Only Members may purchase Guest Passes for $6. (Prices have increased $1, across the Board.) Residents entering through Daily Admission are not able to purchase Guest Passes.
Guests do not have to be residents, but they must be a guest of a member.
Yes. Gates open to non-members at 11:30 AM.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs to help with sanitation efforts. A small number of deck chairs are available.
If the Waterpark is at capacity, both members and residents must wait for someone to exit before they can enter.
Yes. Lines will be split into members and daily admission.
After 11:30 AM, members and residents will have equal access to admittance.
If the Waterpark is near capacity, the information will be communicated via the Waterpark Facebook page.
No outside food is permitted. Lunch Box sized cooler bags are permitted. The concession stand will have limited food offerings available.
At this time, lap swimming is not scheduled.
Noodle Nights will continue every Friday evening, but you must bring your own noodle.
Birthday parties and deck rentals are available, with precautionary measures in place.
Yes, under strict CDC guidelines.
The Township does not provide printed copies of the Zoning Ordinance for purchase. Maps showing the Township’s zoning under the ordinance are available from the Township’s Customer Service counter or can be downloaded and printed from the Township’s website.
The proposed Planned Neighborhood (PN) overlay would be an option for properties over 25 acres depicted in the blue areas on the attached map. Proposed Zoning Map Overlay
In addition to being a specific recommendation of the Cranberry Plan adopted with extensive public involvement and support, the current proposal also involved input and engagement from a concerned citizens group. Originally introduced over six months ago, the Board of Supervisors put the proposal on pause to work with a concerned citizens group who hired their own professional planner to review the proposal. The substantially revised proposal now being considered is the product of that citizen engagement.
For the past 25 years Cranberry has engaged in proactive community planning to create a world-class community. The current proposal would continue to implement the goals set forth by the Cranberry Plan to create a welcoming community with a sustainable mix of housing options that appeal to all ages and demographics. This mix creates more choice for potential homebuyers while also providing the amenities they desire, including more walkable neighborhoods. Variety creates the path to community sustainability, not homogeneity.
NO. The proposal is a future development option available for only approximately 590 acres of land in the Township. Additionally, over 20 percent of the 590 available acres is already zoned for more intensive commercial uses. This proposal would decrease the intensity and traffic on those commercially zoned properties if, a landowner elected to apply the proposed overlay. Cranberry Township is 24 square miles in area which is more than 15,000 acres in total.
NO. There are many undeveloped properties that are zoned for only detached single-family home use.
NO. There are no high density multifamily (apartment) or commercial uses permitted in the proposed overlay. The overlay permits only single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes, and quad units. The overlay allows for development at the same densities as existing neighborhoods. Examples of existing neighborhoods at the same densities and mix of uses include: Clearbrook; Freedom Woods; The Woodlands; Bellevue Park; and Park Place.
Since the 1990’s, the Township has required most residential developments to set aside and permanently protect open/green space. To date these requirements have permanently protected over 2,000 acres (3 square miles) of open/green space that can never be developed. The current proposal would continue this pattern of sustainable land use planning and require the developer to preserve 30 percent of the land as open space, including environmentally sensitive areas, stormwater management facilities, perimeter buffers, and areas for active/passive recreation.
No. The ordinance is focused on creating different types of housing options and does not include commercial uses or multi-family uses as featured in developments like Meeder.
Every development in the Township is required to have a traffic impact study and analysis that is guided by current transportation standards. Additionally, the Township’s Transportation Impact Fee program requires that every new development pays a fee for its fair share for required upgrades to the existing transportation network.
These developments intend to create a walkable, diverse neighborhood that look similar to existing neighborhoods within the Township while also maintaining the open green space Cranberry residents enjoy.
ALL proposed future development must be reviewed and permitted by the Township. The proposed overlay does not exempt future development from the Township’s extensive application and review process. Developers will continue to be held to the standards and strict processes as outlined by ordinances found in the Township Code. There is a very rigorous review process required of any new proposed development. The Planning Advisory Committee, as well as staff, review all applications for compliance with Township standards in developing recommendations for the Board of Supervisors. Ultimately, these recommendations are presented to the Board of Supervisors who have the final say on approval.
No. The zoning changes simply provide an option for developers. They can choose this option or develop in compliance with the underlying zoning district.
No. The overlay is still a conditional use, meaning it must go through the planning and development process and demonstrate that the proposed development satisfies all requirements listed in the Township Code. Developers are required to meet all Township requirements and must be granted approval.
All new land development projects must submit several studies related to the potential impact of proposed developments in the Township. Common studies include a sewer feasibility report, an environmental impact assessment, a stormwater management report, an erosion and sedimentation control plan, a traffic impact study, and a geotechnical technical report. These are required as a condition of approval in addition to any permits that may be required by outside agencies such as Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Butler County Conservation District, and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
While it may be counterintuitive, new housing construction alone does not necessarily lead to more students. There are many factors that relate to how enrollment changes, including decreasing household size (a national trend), an aging population, and new housing construction.
Consider the fact that Seneca Valley enrollments have remained relatively stable over the last decade (7,293 students in 2010-2011 compared to 7,275 students in 2019-2020. At the same time, over 2,000 new residential units were built in Cranberry Township according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Additionally, the District is made up of 9 municipalities which have a cumulative impact on district enrollment. Those municipalities have also grown during the same period. The consistent enrollment trends are true for individual elementary schools as well as the district as a whole. Please review the SVSD enrollment data here...