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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.
No, but you have to pay a tap fee and sign up for Township sewer service before making the connection. Contact the Public Works Dept. at 724-776-4806, x1500. A Road Occupancy Permit for Township roads, or a Highway Occupancy Permit for State roads, may also be required if the connection requires excavation under a public road.
No. However, you must pay a tap fee and sign up for Township water service before tapping any water line. Contact the Engineering & Environmental Services Dept., 724-776-4806, x1134. A Road Occupancy Permit for Township roads, or a Highway Occupancy Permit for State roads, may also be required if the connection involves excavation under a public road.
A Road Occupancy Permit for Township roads, or a Highway Occupancy Permit for State roads may be required. Contact the the Engineering Department at 724-776-4806, x1134.
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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 fields when not scheduled by those organizations. Fees do apply. Call 724-779-4386 x 1129 for details.
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.
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In short, there would not be any pickleball courts without CTPA. The agreement that was worked out with the township was that member's fee would pay for all the capital & operational costs using no taxpayers money. Since then CTPA via it's fees and members donations has succeeded to meet and exceed this agreement. In exchange CTPA provides adult entertainment & exercise to well over 1500 adults and continue to teach the game of pickleball to those interested in learning. CTPA is part of Cranberry Parks & Rec department but operates under a unique agreement that allows the volunteer to manage its own programming meeting to the township's guidelines.
Why do I have to pay a fee to play pickleball especially as a Cranberry resident who pay taxes? First no taxes are used for pickleball. CTPA pays 100% of the operational & capital cost of the courts , including paying to the township additional fees above & beyond for any staff support. CTPA is a volunteer organization with over 150 members volunteering over 8500 hours per year. In short, CTPA generates revenue for the township to help subsidize the Parks & Rec budget. A Cranberry resident has to pay to golf or to swim so charging a fee is not an unusual practice.
Why do I have to join CTPA to play pickleball? It's a very common practice to charge a fee. For your kids to play in the parks you must pay CTAA (baseball & softball); SVSC (soccer); SVJFA (football); Dek Hockey; Volleyball - all charge per participant or team, by the season. Look to Cranberry Twp Park & Rec Program schedule and every program offered has a fee. The CTPA membership fee is very modest.
Why can I play tennis or shoot basketball for free and must pay to play pickleball? Because those courts are paid 100% with taxpayers money and no programming or scheduling is done on these courts. In the case of pickleball, CTPA provides 16 hour/day, seven days a week of programming for its members and pays for 100% of all their operational and capital costs. All programming is done by volunteers. CTPA has taught the game of pickleball to over 1200 students and continue to teach 300-400 new students/year. Again all with volunteers.
Everyone who becomes a member comes in as a 2.5 rated member. Over 60% of our members have this rating and most do not care as they are playing in games where ratings are not important. CTPA is popular because you can play the type of pickleball that you enjoy. And there is always someone there to play the game with you.
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.
Yes. Cranberry’s sign regulations are designed to clearly identify places of business, to enhance driving safety, and to improve local aesthetics. Those regulations can be found in the Code of Ordinances.
Most local non-profit fundraiser/event signs are permitted, but you should check first with the Planning & Development Services, 724-776-4806, x1104
Yes. Regulations can be found in the Code of Ordinance
Before you commit to buying or renting property for your business, contact Planning & Development Services, 724-776-4806 ext. 1104. If you plan to move into an existing space that requires little or no structural modification, the permitting process can be fast and simple.
Cranberry permits seasonal sales of legal merchandise for up to 30 days from tents or other temporary quarters. Planning & Development Services must be notified about the merchant’s plans, and the business is required follow the guidelines stipulated. No permit is issued for temporary seasonal sales, however a business tax license is required. Contact the Tax Administrator at 724-776-4806, x1171.
The list of permitted uses within each zoning district can be found in the Use Chart in Chapter 27 of the Township’s Code of Ordinances. A brief narrative describing the proposed business can be submitted, in writing, to Planning & Development Services, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066, for review and for use determination as stipulated in the Zoning Ordinance.
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.
The fee is paid by landowners, which includes homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, churches, colleges, school districts, and municipal agencies.
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.
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.
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.
Excavators are privately hired contractors working on behalf of utility companies such as Armstrong, Consolidated Communications, or Comcast.
Professional locators or third-party companies are generally employed by utility companies to mark underground utility lines using flags, chalk, paint, etc.
Utility companies are required to send professional locators to residences to mark underground utility lines. These lines are marked with colored flags to prevent them from being damaged during excavation.
To ensure the safety of everyone involved, please do not remove, or disturb the flags or any other markings. If the flags or markings are moved or compromised in any way, please call 811 to request the utilities to be marked again.
The color of the flag denotes what type of utility line it is marking. Please refer to the graphic on this page for a flag color code.
While utility work is being conducted by third-party contractors, Cranberry Township employees are responsible for marking public water, public sewer, and public stormwater infrastructure. The Township is also using additional contractors to keep up with the demand of marking properties.
Armstrong, Consolidated Communications, and Comcast are currently working to update telecommunication infrastructure networks across the Township to provide upgraded services to residents. This requires access to existing infrastructure on residential properties. Contractors may also need to access residential properties to service other residences or local businesses.
Utility companies have a legal right to access any of their infrastructure located on the owner’s property due to easement rights. Easements are dedicated sections of land on private property which utility companies are allowed to access for the betterment of the community.
To locate easements on a property, check the property deed, contact the utility companies that service the property, or have a surveyor come to inspect the property. Those having difficulty locating the property deed should contact the Butler County Recorder of Deeds at 724-284-5340.
Currently, Armstrong, Comcast, and Consolidated Communications are all upgrading their telecommunication infrastructure networks across the Township which requires them to access their existing underground lines.
Some contractors will leave a door hanger at residents’ homes at least two weeks prior to the commencement of work. Any questions should be directed to the company contact number listed on the door hanger.
Some contractors may send a letter, postcard, or call the residence.
Others do not inform residents of their intended work.
If there is an odor of gas, exit the building or residence immediately.
Residents should then call 911 and report the odor, then call the gas utility provider that supplies the residence. If the gas utility provider’s contact information is unknown, call the PA One Call System to report the incident.
The overall project is estimated to take approximately one year to complete. Time to complete work at different locations will vary.
Please contact PA One Call to find specific information on a specific flag and project.
Biodegradable paint is used to mark lines and should last a maximum of 30 days. The water-soluble paint can be removed with a power washer and is environmentally safe.
Any damage done to property is the responsibility of the contractor who caused the damage.
Residents can call the contractor directly or contact Cranberry Township Customer Service to get in touch with the contractor who completed work on the property.
Those interested in switching providers need to contact the company (Armstrong, Consolidated Communications, or Comcast) for their desired services. Cranberry Township does not need to be contacted during this process.
Cranberry Townships advises to not move or remove the flags. It is recommended to call the utility companies or PA 811 directly to discuss flag positioning. Also call PA 811 if the property needs to be remarked or flags replaced or repositioned. Please note, there are occasions when the flags are missed (not picked up) when the work is completed.
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Simply put, the Township does not have the authority to permit or stop such work. Utility companies have a legal right to access any of their infrastructure located on the owner’s property due to easement rights. Easements are dedicated sections of land on private property which utility companies are allowed to access for the betterment of the community.
Cranberry has dedicated a full-time staff member to focus entirely on these projects. Joseph Leavens, the Township’s Manager of Sewer and Water Field Operations, is responsible for answering all questions, tracking work and any issues, and coordinating with utility companies if additional response is needed.
Leavens can be reached by calling 724-776-4806 x 1515.
The Township is in constant contact with the utility companies about where they are working and general timelines. While some are very responsive, others are not. All contact info is available on the Township website.
Each company must use their own lines to ensure oversight and accountability in the future. Similarly, any existing lines are already owned by a specific company. Those lines may not be equipped to handle additional usage, requiring new lines to be installed.
The Township’s hands are often tied by franchise agreements and federal regulations. However, Cranberry has always welcomed providers to offer their services in the community.
The reason? In short, it’s about choice.
For decades, residents have demanded more options and choice when it comes to cable and internet providers. This work provides those choices.
While the work is invasive, it is temporary. Once finished, providers will be better equipped to serve Cranberry Township residents.
The Township has used every available resource to communicate ongoing work and answer questions.
In addition to previous stories in ‘Cranberry Today,’ an announcement has been in place on the Township’s website since earlier this year. That announcement also links to a webpage full of information, including FAQs, contact information, updated timelines, and much more.
Additionally, information has been shared via Cranberry Central, the Township’s e-newsletter, as well as via Township social media pages.
Outside of the Township’s efforts, utility companies must communicate with residents about upcoming work, either through a mailing or door hanger.
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.
Rain checks are issued if the Waterpark is closed due to inclement weather before 5 PM. No rainchecks are issued after 5 PM.
Yes, a nanny pass is only valid when accompanied by the person on the membership. It is not valid on its own.
Yes. Please call 724-779-4FUN (4386) ext. 1021 for information and we will help you plan a terrific event. We request a minimum two week notice.
The instructor/student ratio is one instructor for every 6 students for Levels 1-3; and one instructor for every 8 students in Levels 4 and up.
Yes! However, if you are not a member, you will be asked to pay the additional person fee. Discounted Party Admission valid for the entire day.
If a participant withdraws or cancels seven or more days before the party, a refund will be issued. A $5.00 processing fee will be charged. If the participant withdraws or cancels between 48 hours and seven days prior to the party, a credit will be placed on the family account. If the Waterpark is closed due to weather, a full refund will be issued, or an alternative date may be reserved.
Yes, you may bring your own birthday cake. A dessert package is available through the concession stand. Pre-order is required.
Yes. Additional guests will be charged at the discounted party rate. No charge will apply to additional guests who are also members.
Yes. Only members may purchase reduced member guest passes for $6.
Guests do not have to be residents, but they must be a guest of a member.
Yes, non-residents may buy a membership.
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. Priority order is as follows: Members, Residents, Non-Residents
Yes. Lines will be split into members and daily admission.
After 11:30 AM, members and residents will have equal access to admittance.
No outside food is permitted. Lunch box sized cooler bags are permitted. The concession stand will have limited food offerings available.
Morning lap swims follow our swim lesson schedule. Monday - Thursday and Saturday, June 12 - August 3. From 8:30 to 10:30 with $3 fee.
Weather permitting, Noodle Nights will continue every Friday evening. Please bring your own noodle.
Yes. More details here.
Yes, on a limited basis. Deck rental may only be done the day of. Please check with our guest services staff at entrance for availability.
Yes! We offer private and group lessons for levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5/6, preschool, and parent/child classes, and members receive a membership discount! Visit our Aquatics Programs page for details and online registration
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Yes. Both daily admissions and seasonal memberships are available.
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.