Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County in case of J. Richard Fretz v. Board of Supervisors of Bedminster Township, No. 76-4001-13-5.
Richard P. McBride, with him Edward F. Murphy, McBride, Murphy & Sudfeld, for appellant.
Mary C. Eberle, with her Victor S. Jaczun, Jaczun, Grabowski & Leonard, for appellee.
President Judge Crumlish, Jr. and Judges Rogers, Blatt, Williams, Jr. and Doyle. Opinion by President Judge Crumlish, Jr.
J. Richard Fretz appeals a Bucks County Common Pleas Court order affirming the Bedminster Township Board of Supervisors' order denying his curative amendment application. We affirm.
Fretz, the then-legal owner of two contiguous parcels of land totaling 93.5 acres,*fn1 filed a curative amendment application with the township's board of supervisors,*fn2 alleging that the township's zoning ordinance tacitly precluded a legitimate form of residential use he wanted to make of his property -- a mobile home park. The board rejected the application, concluding that the zoning ordinance did not preclude mobile home park development. The common pleas court affirmed, but on the basis that the township had an ordinance amendment pending which explicitly provided for mobile home park uses, and did not reach the question of whether the ordinance excluded the use.
Fretz now contends that the township's zoning ordinance unconstitutionally excludes mobile home parks because it makes no specific provision for them. We disagree. As the township points out, the ordinance
contains a general provision for the establishment of planned residential developments and also specific provisions setting standards for mobile home park developments. Under such circumstances, the mere fact that a zoning ordinance does not contain specific provision for mobile home park developments cannot be a basis for finding an unconstitutional exclusion of them. Colonial Park for Mobile Homes, Inc. v. New Britain Township, 47 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 459, 408 A.2d 1160 (1979).*fn3
The Bucks County Common Pleas Court order in No. 76-4001-13-5, dated January 27, ...