Volunteer

The Township invites residents to volunteer their time on the various boards and commissions that service the community. Please review the available opportunities and talents currently needed by the Township. This is your opportunity to give back to your community and to make a difference. The Township appreciates your service!

Vacancy Opportunities on Boards & Commissions

London Grove Township needs volunteers for various Boards and Commissions.

Planning Commission:

The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  The Planning Commission consists of 7 members to be appointed by the Board of Supervisors. All members must be residents of London Grove Township. No more than 2 members may be elected or appointed officers or employees of the Township. Each member serves a 4 year term. If a vacancy shall occur it shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. The Planning Commission elects its own Chairman and Vice Chairman at the first public meeting of each year. The Planning Commission is to hold at least 1 public meeting each month at a regular time and place for the purpose of:

Reviewing and making recommendations on applications for subdivision and land development plans according to the provisions of the current subdivision and land development ordinance.  Reviewing, discussing and making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding any ordinances, amendments or other matters referred to the commission by the Board or the Planning Consultant. Take appropriate action on request for advice, information or motion relating to planning and zoning made by residents or any other persons having business with the Township is such matters fall within the scope of the commission’s duties. Conducting any other business requiring decision and action by the commission.

Historical Commission:

The Historical Commission serves as an advisory capacity for historical preservation information facilitation to the citizens of the Township. The commission shall:

Identify significant architectural, historical, and natural sites in the Township and to maintain a detailed inventory and map(s) of these historic resources including informational data appropriately classified. Create an awareness of the history of the Township from the Native Americans to the present day. Including their cultural, agricultural, business, educational and religious endeavors. Research and record the history of the Township and serve as an advisory resource for owners of historic sites involved with preservation and/or restoration. Prepare appropriate reports for the Board of Supervisors, as well as reports which may be requested by the Board of Supervisors. Cooperate with and advise the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and all Township Officials and Agencies in relation to the preservation and restoration of significant historical structures, sites and natural features including the review of zoning and/or subdivision/land development proposals and building/demolition permit applications which have the potential to impact on historical resources. Consider, promote and with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, to apply for technical and financial assistance from all appropriate local, county, state, federal, and other agencies in the preservation of significant architectural, natural, and historical sites within the Township, and to report all related action to the Board of Supervisors. Prepare and submit a yearly budget to the Board of Supervisors for sums deemed necessary to carry out the objectives. The Historical Commission consist of a minimum of 5 members who must be residents of the Township. They serve a 3 year term. A member may serve on the commission for no more than 2 consecutive 3-year terms. The Historical Commission will hold monthly meetings and submit periodic reports to the Board of Supervisors.   

Environmental Advisory Council (EAC):

The EAC meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the Township Building. The EAC is a 7 member board that holds 3 year terms and is appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Responsibilities of the EAC are improving water quality. Recent efforts the EAC has made toward that goal include:

Assisting with the Township’s Storm Water Management Program

Helping the public understand the environmental consequences of decisions they make

Participating in the White Clay Creek Management Committee programs

Promoting action on environmental issues

Promoting riparian buffers

Providing information to the elected officials and the various Township Commissions/Boards

Reviewing Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA) well monitoring reports.

Agricultural Security Area Advisory Committee:

The Agricultural Security Area Advisory Committee meets as needed. The ASA Board consist of three active farmers, each representing a different private or corporate farm, and one member of the Board of Supervisors who shall serve as chairman of the committee. The members of the Agricultural Security Area Advisory Committee are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors.

The committee advises the Board of Supervisors and works with the Planning Commission in relation to the proposed establishment, modification, and termination of agricultural security. The committee shall render expert advice relating to the desirability of such action, including advice as to the nature of farming and farm resources within the proposed area and the relation of farming in such area to the Board of Supervisors. The Agricultural Security Area Advisory Committee has 45 days to report to the governing body its recommendation concerning the proposal and proposed modifications. 

Zoning Hearing Board:

The Zoning Hearing Board meets on an as-needed basis, scheduling hearings when applications are submitted. The Zoning Hearing Board is the “safety valve” for the Zoning Ordinance. While Zoning Ordinances are comprehensive and written to be clear, they do not fit all the possible situations that exist in the real world of property. Property owners can make applications to the Zoning Hearing Board to hear requests for variances (literally to ask the Zoning Hearing Board to “vary” the Zoning Ordinance Standards) and for interpretations of the regulations. The Zoning Hearing Board also hears other applications known as special exceptions and challenges to the validity of the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Hearing Board is appointed, but autonomous, body of 3 Township residents. They function independently and are authorized to make binding decisions.

Open Space Committee:

The Open Space Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. The committee was formed to preserve Open Space in London Grove Township. The plan focuses primarily on the purchase of donation of open space and agricultural easements. Acquisition costs are funded by the Open Space Earned Income Tax. This tax is set aside .125 of income earned. The Open Space Committee’s mission is to identify, develop, and represent the open space interest of London Grove Township. The Open Space Committee objectives are:

Identify and prioritize those open space areas of the Township that warrant protected status for purposes of environmental benefit, natural features protection, and/or agriculture. They recommend and help coordinate additional Township mapping that will facilitate the inventory and analysis of lands targeted for protection.  Develop a public education outreach campaign, using the Township quarterly newsletter website, information meetings, individual contacts, etc.. for supporting the protection of open space within the Township. Participate, in concert with other London Grove Township committee and groups, in implementing the Open Space recommendations in the ’02 and ’05 addenda to the Township Comprehensive Plan, particularly with respect to open space protection measures and greenway corridor protection measures. Maintain close coordination with the Parks and Recreation Board regarding trail and greenway planning and the securing and protection of open space for recreation purposes. Conduct landowner contacts to secure open space and greenway protection through acquisition, easement donation, and/or landowner agreements/commitments to land management techniques. Develop a plan for public purchase of open space lands or easements within the Township. Ongoing Township participation in the County Agricultural Lands Preservation Board’s Challenge Grant program. Establishment of London Grove Township Land Trust. Members participate in site walks and site plan reviews with other Township personnel and prospective developers re: proposals for subdivision or land development, to identify open space, resource protection, etc. Establish working relationships with groups (white Clay Wild and Scenic Management Committee, Brandywine Conservancy, Natural Lands Trust, etc.) that have an interest in protecting London Grove’s open space and natural resources from further encroachment by development activities.

Parks and Recreation Board:

The Parks and Recreation Board meet at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The Park and Recreation Board is composed of 5 members that are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The Park and Recreation Board members serve 5 year terms. Vacancies should be filled only for the unexpired term, by appointment of the Board of Supervisors. The Park and Recreation Board will appoint a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary at the first regular meeting of the year.  The Parks and Recreation Board must make a full and complete annual report to the Board of Supervisors at their January meeting.

Golf Course Advisory Committee:

To assist in monitoring the current operations and developing a long-term strategic plan for the Inniscrone Golf Course. Provide consultation toe the Supervisors regarding the ownership of Inniscrone and work with the management team to take full advantage of their knowledge and experience. Consult with the Supervisors on the development and monitoring of a long-term strategic plan to improve the golf course and facilities resulting in increased play and revenue. Monitor Inniscrone’s current operations and financial performance.

Board of Auditors:

The Board of Auditors is a 3 member elected board required by the Second Class Township Code. It is an elected office term of 6 years. They act as a supplement to the hired professional auditing firm. The board is responsible for reviewing all newspaper advertisements, annual audit, capital projects/initiatives, equipment inventory and public works training records. 

Emergency Services Committee:

The Emergency Services Committee consist of 9 members. The term of office is 2 years. The members will consist of:

2 Township Employees

2 LGT Residents

2 Members of Avondale Fire Comp. (in good standings)

2 Members of West Grove Fire Comp. (in good standings)

1 Member of SCCEMS
The Emergency Services Committee will hold 1 meeting per month on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. The Committee was developed in response to a study the Township had conducted to ensure positive relations between Emergency Services personnel and the Township. The goal is to be inclusive of everyone’s ideas to ensure best services. The Committee will review reporting and collection of data, outreach and community risk reduction programs and coverage areas.

Tree Advisory Board:

The Tree Advisory Committee is a 5 member board appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The terms are 5 years and the first 5 members should be staggered. The Tree Advisory Committee is responsible to study, investigate, counsel, and develop and/or update annually, and administer a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of Street Trees and Park Trees. Such plan will be reviewed and submitted annually to the Board of Supervisors and upon their acceptance and approval shall constitute the official comprehensive tree plan for London Grove Township.

Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals:

The UCC Board of Appeals consist of 5 members and 2 alternate members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Board of Appeals members must be qualified by training and experience to pass on matters pertaining to building construction. Training and experience must consist of licensure as an architect or engineer, experience in the construction industry, and training or experience as an inspector or plan reviewer.

Member Terms are as follows:

1 member for 5 years

1 member for 4 years

1 member for 3 years

1 member for 2 years

1 member for 1 year

1 alternate for 5 years

1 alternate for 3 years

Municipal Authority Board:

The London Grove Township Municipal Authority consists of a 5-member board.  The members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  They serve 5-year terms. Members must be residents of London Grove Township. The Municipal Authority Board also oversees the water and sewer infrastructure throughout the Township. The Municipal Authority Board is in charge of setting the tapping fees for both water and sewer.  

Application

Please help the Township fill these vacancies. These boards assist the Township in its operations and, depending on the boards, provide advise and expertise to the Board of Supervisors. If you are interested in any of these committees, please email Ken Battin with your letter of interest and resume.