Model Ordinances & Resolutions

By sharing your voice with those who have the ability to implement policy change, you can contribute to large scale environmental progress. DCVA has compiled a list of useful model ordinances and resolutions that you can use to promote the changes you want to see in your neighborhood. Bringing these to your local EACs or Municipal Council could be a great way to start!

If you are aware of additional ordinance resources that we can add to this list, please email


 - An Ordinance Regulating the Storage and Handling of De-icing Materials in the City of Crest Hill, IL

- Chloride Reduction Model Ordinance Language, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency links to many more ordinance resources, scroll down the page to "Model chloride ordinances, policies and contracts" 

Community Gardens

- Community Gardens Model Ordinance - Cumberland County Planning Dept.


Model Dumping Ordinance - DCVA

Erosion and Sediment Control

Erosion and Sediment Control Model Ordinance - EPA

Land Development

Newlin Township (PA) Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

Open Space Development

- Open Space Development Model Ordinance - EPA

Riparian Buffers

- Riparian and wetland buffers - Township of Lower Gwynedd, PA


- Establishment of Shade Tree Commission - Radnor, PA

- Guidelines for Developing & Evaluating Tree Ordinances - International Society of Arboriculture

Single Use Plastics

- Plastic Bag Ban Resources folder - started by Media EAC

Single Use Plastic Reduction Model Resolution - DCVA

- Single Use Plastic Ordinance - Haverford Township, PA

- Haverford EAC PowerPoint presentation to Board of Commissioners

Single Use Plastic Bags and Plastic Straws Ordinance - Narberth, PA

Single Use Plastics Ordinance - West Chester, PA


The Watershed Institute (New Jersey) Enhanced Model Stormwater Ordinance

Stormwater Discharge Ordinance - Tredyffrin, PA

- Stormwater Management Ordinance - Tredyffrin, PA

- Stormwater Management - Abington, PA

Zero Waste / Incineration of Municipal Waste

Swarthmore Borough, DE County, PA Resolution 2021-04 Requesting a County-wide Transition to Zero Waste

Darby Creek Valley Association P.O. Box 732 Drexel Hill, PA 19026   |   Phone: 484.222.2502
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