Council Passes Codification Ordinance

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November 17, 2020


UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP COUNCIL PASSES CODIFICATION ORDINANCE; GENERAL PUBLIC CAN NOW VIEW LAWS AND RESOLUTIONS ONLINE


UPPER DARBY, PA - On Wednesday, November 11th, Upper Darby Township Council passed a codification ordinance which brings Township ordinances and resolutions into a coherent and readable format. Codification resolves conflicts between state and local law as well as between ordinances themselves with priority given to the most recently adopted ordinances. This process helps to bring order to more than a century of Township ordinances and resolutions.

“When I took office as Mayor, I did so with an eye towards bringing greater transparency to Upper Darby Township,” said Mayor Barbarann Keffer. “I wanted to streamline certain processes to make it easier for everyone to do their jobs efficiently, and make it easier for Upper Darby residents, business owners, and visitors to access the information they need in a timely manner. This codification initiative achieves both of those objectives.”

The newly adopted code will allow Upper Darby residents, business owners, and others to access important information — such as Township laws and resolutions — virtually. Upper Darby Township is using General Code to bring all of this information online. General Code is known for its easy-to-navigate user interface, search accuracy, and ability to provide more targeted search results in less time. More than 2,500 local governments use General Code’s services, with more than 2.5 million hits on eCode each month.

“Section 705b of Upper Darby’s Home Rule Charter states that this process should occur every 10 years,” said Council President Laura Wentz. “It is about 40 years overdue and I’m so grateful to Mayor Keffer and her administration for their hard work in completing this project so that it could be passed by Council.”

All Township ordinances and resolutions are now online and can be accessed here. Links to this information have also been added to the main Township website. In keeping with Mayor Keffer's vision to reform and modernize government operations to provide better service to residents, this builds on the previous implementation of paying parking tickets, permit fees, and other township services online.