Shade Tree Commission

The Shade Tree Commission consists of six Board members, along with a Councilman & the Borough Manager. The Shade Tree Commission reviews, decides & provides a recommendation concerning tree planting/removal applications within the Borough right of way. The Commission meets the second Monday of the month in Council Chambers and the meetings begin at 7:00 PM. If you are planning to plant or remove a tree, please contact Kevin M. Flannery at (412) 741-4015 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • Kathy Brandt, Chairperson
  • Lori Cirilano, Secretary
  • Michelle Denk
  • Brian Finley
  • Cindy Mullins, Vice-Chairperson
  • Jim Edson, Arborist
  • William Cornman, Council Representative
  • Kevin M. Flannery, Borough Manager

Duties and Responsibilities

The Shade Tree Commission, when requested by Council, shall consider, investigate, make finding, report and recommend upon any special matter or question coming within the scope of its work. The Shade Tree Commission shall study the problems and determine the needs of the Borough in connection with its tree planting program.

The Shade Tree Commission shall recommend to the Borough Manager and Public Works Foreman the type and kind of trees to be planted upon such Borough Streets or parts of Borough Streets or in parks as designated.  

The Shade Tree Commission shall assist the Borough Manager, as well as the Council and Citizens of the Borough in the dissemination of news and information regarding the selection, planting and maintenance of trees within the corporate limits, whether the same be on private or public property and to make such recommendations from time to time to Council as the desirable legislation concerning the tree planting program and activities for the Borough.

The Shade Tree Commission shall work in conjunction with civic and public interest groups devoted to tree care and preservation.

The Shade Tree Commission shall convene Regular and Special meetings at which the subject of trees, insofar as it relates to the Borough may be discussed by members of the Tree Commission, Officers and Personnel of the Borough and its several divisions and all others interested in the tree program.

The Shade Tree Commission shall be responsible for reviewing the plans for residential, commercial and industrial developments in order to ascertain the number and size of trees proposed to be removed from building sites and to make recommendations concerning the retention of existing trees on said sites and the planting of new trees in areas where trees have been removed.

The Shade Tree Commission shall have the authority to investigate and recommend "Reasonable Conditions" to the granting of a permit in accordance with the terms of this Ordinance.

The Shade Tree Commission shall have the responsibility of inventory (and classifying as to location, species, size condition and evaluation) the existing public trees, as an integral part of the Master Tree Plan. This inventory shall be updated annually.

The Shade Tree Commission shall consider all existing and proposed buildings, utilities and environmental factors when recommending the planting of a specific species or other work for all streets and public sites within the Borough.

The Shade Tree Commission shall have the authority to amend or add to the Master Tree Plan at any time that circumstances make it advisable.

The Shade Tree Commission shall develop and maintain a list of desirable large, medium and small trees for planting in parks, along streets and on other public sites based on mature height. Lists of trees not suitable for planting in these areas shall also be created by the Tree Commission.

The Shade Tree Commission shall have the authority to formulate a Master Tree Plan. The Master Tree Plan shall include the inventory of existing public trees and shall specify the requirements for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, and removal or disposition of trees in parks, along streets and on other public sites and shall specify the species of tree to be planted in these areas. The Master Tree Plan shall be updated and presented to Council annually and upon their acceptance and approval shall constitute the official comprehensive Master Tree Plan for the Borough. From and after the effective date of the Master Tree Plan, or any amendment thereof, all planting shall conform thereto.


Historic Review Commission

The Historic Review Commission is a five member commission that reviews applications for exterior work on property located within the three historic districts of the Borough. They recommend to Council whether or not to issue a Certificate of Appropriateness.The Historic Review Commission contains a registered architect, a real estate broker, a building inspector, and a Council member. They meet the first Monday of the month, in the 2nd floor conference room in the Municipal Building, and meetings begin at 7:00 PM.


  • Kathe Barge
  • Heather Wildman Figley
  • Teresa Duff
  • Nancy Watts, Code Enforcement Office
  • Larry Rice, Borough Council Representative

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a seven member commission, appointed by Council, responsible for short and long term planning within the Borough. They review subdivision plans and rezoning requests, and make recommendations to the Borough Council.



  • The Planning Commission shall at the request of the Borough Council have the power and shall be required to: Prepare the Comprehensive Plan for the development of the municipality as set forth in this act, and present it for the consideration of the Borough Council; and Maintain and keep on file records of its action. All records and files of the Planning Commission shall be in the possession of the Borough Council.

  • The Planning Commission at the request of the Borough Council may: Make recommendations to the Borough Council concerning the adoption of amendment of an official zoning map;

  • Prepare and present to the Borough Council a zoning ordinance, and make recommendations to the Borough Council on proposed amendments to it as set forth in this act;

  • Prepare, recommend and administer subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations as set forth in this Ordinance;

  • Prepare and present to the Borough Council a building code and a housing code and make recommendations concerning proposed amendments thereto;

  • Do such other acts or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by this Ordinance;

  • Prepare and present to the Borough Council an environmental study;

  • Submit to the Borough Council a recommended capital improvements program;

  • Prepare and present to the Borough Council a water survey, which shall be consistent with the State Water

  • Plan and any applicable water resources plan adopted by a river basin commission. The water survey shall be conducted in consultation with any public water supplier in the area to be surveyed;

  • Promote public interest in, and understanding of, the Comprehensive Plan and planning;

  • Make recommendations to governmental, civic and private agencies and individuals as to the effectiveness of the proposals of such agencies and individuals;

  • Hold public hearings and meetings;

  • Present testimony before any board;

  • Require from other departments or agencies of the Borough such available information as relates to the work of the Planning Commission;

  • In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land to make examinations and surveys with the consent of the owner;

  • Prepare and present to the Borough Council a study regarding the feasibility and practicability of using renewable energy sources in specific areas within the Borough; and

  • Review the zoning ordinance, subdivision and land development ordinance, Official Zoning Map of the Borough of Sewickley, provisions for planned residential development, and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land no less frequently than it reviews the Comprehensive Plan.


  • Marlin Bartos
  • Paul R. Pigman, Jr., Chairman
  • Shea Murtaugh
  • Tom Rostek
  • Nathan St. Germain
  • David Stanton
  • Charles Driscoll, Council Representative

Download Past Planning Commission Minutes and Agendas

Zoning Hearing Board

The Zoning Hearing Board is comprised of three members appointed by Council. The meetings are held in Council Chambers on the first Tuesday of every month and begin at 7:00 PM

All applications for the Zoning Hearing Board must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

No application will be processed without the application fee of ($500.00) paid in full prior to the deadline date.

Civil Service Commission

Civil Service Commission Members

John Edson, Vice-Chairperson

Velma Jackson, Secretary

Matthew MacDonald, Chairperson

Maria Swanson, Alternate

W. Timothy Barry, Solicitor