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The Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors provide a communication platform at all public meetings for broad-based community input. Public participation affords stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to decisions that shape their community.
The following are guidelines to effectively participate in public meetings and public hearings to make sure feedback is both heard and considered to the best ability.
- Attend a Planning Advisory Commission Meeting. The Board of Supervisors receives recommendations from the Township’s Planning Advisory Commission. These Commission meetings are the first place an item is discussed and presented. The PAC also provides the opportunity for residents to ask questions or seek additional information regarding development plans, ordinances, and other matters.
- Preview the Agenda. All public meeting agendas are posted electronically at CranberryTownship.org/Agenda and at the Township’s Administrative Offices prior to any public Board meeting.
- Contact Staff. If there is an item of interest on the agenda, staff are available to meet or speak with residents in advance of any meeting.
- Attend a BOS Meeting and Participate in Public Comment. A general Public Comment Period is held at the beginning of Board of Supervisor’s meetings. Participants can speak on any issue. The Board may respond or refer the resident to a Township staff member. However, the Board is not required to participate in dialogue.
- Participate in Public Hearing. Those who wish to comment in the Public Hearing will be sworn in. The Public Hearing is a legal proceeding, and any comments are recorded as testimony. As such, a dialogue is not a focus. Rather, this is an opportunity to provide official comment and feedback on a topic.
- Conduct. Mindful conduct should be practiced during meetings. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors is responsible for the conduct of the meeting. The Chairman allows the public to present testimony or comments without providing feedback on a citizen’s comment. Keeping the meeting on pace with respectful dialogue should be anticipated.
The Chairman will read a summary of these points before Public Comment and is responsible for keeping the meeting flowing.
Public Comment is encouraged to ensure citizens are involved in the decision-making process of the projects that shape their community.
Karen NewpolPhone: 724-776-4806 x 1103
Mike ManipolePhone: 724-776-4806 x 1103
Bruce HezlepPhone: 724-776-4806 x 1103
Sharing comment at a public meeting
Comments can be made at a public meeting on any item that is on the agenda or on a general topic not included on the agenda. (This option does not include scheduled public hearings.)
The public comment period (except for public hearings items) will be called for by the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors at the beginning of the meeting. Please remember to give your name and address when you begin to speak.
The preferred method to provide comments to the Board of Supervisors is to attend meetings in-person and share comments. If you are unable to attend the meeting, the Board will accept written comments in advance of the meeting. Please refer to the instructions below:
Submit written comments by U.S. Mail by 5:00 PM the day before the scheduled meeting.
If using U.S. Mail, allow sufficient time for delivery. Note: This does not apply to public hearing testimony.
Mail: Cranberry Township Manager's Office
2525 Rochester Road, Suite 400
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Submit comments electronically by 5:00 PM the day before the scheduled meeting. This does not apply to public hearing testimony.
Electronic Submission: Public Comment Form
If you miss the submission deadline for public comment, call the Manager’s office. Ph:724-776-4806 x1103. We may be able to accommodate your public comment request.
Glossary of Meeting Terms
A public hearing is a formal proceeding held pursuant to public notice by the Township and conducted during a public meeting. It is intended to inform the Board and obtain public comment prior to taking action. Public Hearings are held for any amendment to the zoning and/or subdivision ordinance, any action on a Planned Residential Development, or any request for Conditional Use Approval. Hearings follow specific legal procedures.
A public meeting is a meeting of the Board of Supervisors which has been advertised as required by the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act. The Act requires public agencies, including municipal governments, to take all official actions, and conduct all deliberations leading up to those official actions, at public meetings.
A quorum is the minimum number of Board members required to transact business. A majority of the five-member Township Board constitutes a quorum. Therefore at least three Board members are needed to transact business at a public meeting.
A resolution is a formal expression by vote of the Board.
An ordinance is an enforceable law enacted by the Board. It is required to be advertised in advance of the meeting at which it will be considered.
Executive sessions are private meetings of the Board in which they are permitted to discuss four topics: litigation, personnel issues, contract negotiations, and acquisition of land. All Executive Sessions are announced, including their purpose, by the Chairman of the Board.
The Township Solicitor is an attorney appointed by the Board to advise the Township.
Public Comment Period is the time when visitors can bring matters before the Board. Speakers are asked to state their name and to be conscious of the limited time available to the Board for transacting its business. Public Comment periods are typically scheduled at the start of each meeting.