Commonwealth Court Limits Zoning Hearing Boards on Short-Term Rentals by Thomas J. Grant, Esquire

The Commonwealth Court recently issued a ruling that emphasized the importance of statutory drafting when it comes to Zoning Ordinances. In Hoefling v. ZHB of Monroe Township, the Court held that because the Township’s Zoning Ordinance did not expressly prohibit short-term rental of the entire property, such rentals are permissible. (1437 C.D. 2017). The property…

Maintaining the Foundations of Cohesion: Effective Discipline in Municipal Police Forces by Brian C. Conley

Effective organizations – be it a championship caliber sports team or a successful corporation – know that a foundation of discipline, which fosters morale and a sense of camaraderie, can be the difference between success and failure. The same lessons can be applied to police forces. The effectiveness of police departments in fulfilling their public…

Eric M. Brown and Michael G. Crotty Present Webinar on Zoning Ethics as part of the Penn State Extension Spring 2019 Land Use Series

On January 16, 2019, Eric M. Brown and Michael G. Crotty of Siana Bellwoar, presented a webinar on Ethics and Zoning to more than 45 participants from across the Commonwealth as part of the Penn State Extension Spring 2019 Land Use series. Participants received AICP maintenance credits for attending. The webinar series assists municipal elected…

Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire and Michael G. Crotty, Esquire featured in Risk Management Article Published in PSATS’ Township News

Siana Bellwoar recognizes Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire and Michael G. Crotty, Esquire for their recent feature in the December 2018 Issue of PSATS’ Township News article, Managing Risk – Awareness and an Emphasis on Safety Can Keep Your Township From Becoming a Liability Target by Amy Bobb, Assistant Editor. In the article, Mr. Gerber and Mr. Crotty…

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Career Opportunities at Siana Bellwoar

Siana Bellwoar is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions. Associate Attorney – Municipal Law Chester County law firm with municipal practice seeks Associate Attorney with a minimum of 4 years of municipal experience. Candidates must be licensed in Pennsylvania and possess excellent writing and analytical skills. Experience representing municipalities is required. Salary is commensurate…

Drones Article by Sheryl L. Brown, Esquire is Feature Story in December Issue of Borough News Magazine

Siana Bellwoar proudly recognizes Sheryl L. Brown, Esquire for her lead story on Pennsylvania’s new drone law, featured in the December 2018 Issue of PSAB’s (Pennyslvania State Association of Boroughs) Borough News Magazine. Read the full article here: Happy Flying? What Your Borough Should Know About Drones Sheryl’s Bio | Areas of Practice | Contact…