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DREHER TOWNSHIP BOARD v. SOLITRON DEVELOPMENT CO. (05/04/84)

submitted: May 4, 1984.

DREHER TOWNSHIP BOARD, THE INDEPENDENT PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF SHERWOOD FOREST, BY EMMANUEL T. SOTIRIDY, TRUSTEE AD LITEM
v.
SOLITRON DEVELOPMENT CO., INC. APPEAL OF THE INDEPENDENT PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF SHERWOOD FOREST, BY EMMANUEL T. SOTIRIDY, TRUSTEE AD LITEM



No. 02193 Philadelphia 1983, Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, of Wayne County at No. 7-1982.

COUNSEL

John R. O'Brien, Scranton, for appellant.

Timothy B. Fisher, Gouldsboro, for Dreher, appellee.

Robert S. Bennett, Jr., Media, for Solitron, appellee.

Cirillo, Del Sole and Popovich, JJ.

Author: Popovich

[ 333 Pa. Super. Page 35]

This is an appeal from an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Wayne County which denied exceptions filed by

[ 333 Pa. Super. Page 36]

    appellant, The Independent Property Owners Association of Sherwood Forest (hereafter "Association") to an order dated July 26, 1982, in which the lower court held that lands presently owned by Solitron Development Co., Inc. (hereafter "Solitron") were not subject to a certain Declaration of Protective Covenants. We reverse and remand for resolution of an issue not reached by the lower court.

On March 19, 1982, the Dreher Township Board of Supervisors (hereafter "Board") filed a complaint for a declaratory judgment against Solitron, owner of certain tracts of land in Wayne County which comprise portions of a large vacation home development plan originally proposed in 1972 and commonly known as Sherwood Forest Development. The complaint requested the court to determine the continuing applicability of a declaration of protective covenants which was dated May 1, 1972, and duly recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Wayne County. The portion of the declaration of protective covenants relevant to the instant case is as follows:

"F. Sewage Disposal. The central sewage disposal system constructed or to be constructed by Declarant, as said system may at any time be improved or otherwise altered, shall be the sole sewage disposal system for the development. No owner shall install or use any alternative system or method of sewage disposal unless approved by the committee in writing. All plumbing fixtures, washers, toilets and similar equipment on any Residential Lot shall be connected to the central system through the sewer main now or hereafter installed in the street abutting said Lot. No outside toilets shall be constructed on any Lot." (Emphasis added)

In July of 1981, and thereafter, Solitron presented to the Dreher Township Board of Supervisors, sewage modules for certain tracts requesting the Board to approve them as revisions and supplements to the official sewage plan of Dreher Township. Subsequently, the Board received a report from the Township Sewage Enforcement Official that there was sufficient acreage ...


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