Welcome to the Borough of Bell Acres established on March 14, 1960. Population is approximately 1,350. Bell Acres Borough is 5.5 square miles and is located in Allegheny County, conveniently located 20 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, PA. It is comprised of mainly single family homes, two parks, a premier youth recreational facility, and numerous hiking trails.
Although this road closure is in Economy Borough, it will affect Bell Acres residents. From approximately 10-14-2021 to approximately 10-28-2021 PennDOT will be closing Big Sewickley Creek Road in the area of Maude Davis Lane to fix slide damage. The road will be closed to all traffic except local traffic between Turkeyfoot Road and Shaffer Road. Please make note of the forthcoming detour signage and plan your route accordingly.
The Council of the Borough of Bell Acres will hold a special meeting for the purpose of
reviewing and approving the proposed 2022 budget, and for any other general purposes, on
Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time. The meeting will be held in person
at the Big Sewickley Creek Fire Hall, 1850 Big Sewickley Creek Road, Sewickley, PA 15143. The
public is invited to attend in accordance with CDC recommendations.
Bell Acres Planning Commission Agenda 2021-10-13-amended
Agenda – 10-11-2021
Public Notice – Bell Acres Borough – #21-Z-27 – Pappan
September 22, 2021 Meeting agenda BAMA @ 6:00 p.m.
Borough of Bell Acres and
Big Sewickley Creek Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc
ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
PUBLIC NOTICE OF JOINT MEETING
NOTICE is hereby given that a Joint Meeting as required by Section 147(f) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, hosted by the Borough of Bell Acres and
Big Sewickley Creek Vol. Firemen’s Assoc. Inc, will be held at 7:00 P.M., prevailing time
on September 13, 2021, at Big Sewickley Creek Fire Hall, 1850 Big Sewickley Creek Rd,
Sewickley, PA 15143.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Big Sewickley Creek Vol. Firemen’s Assoc., Inc,
a 501(c)(3), duly recognized Volunteer Fire Company for the Borough of Bell Acres,
obtaining a $533,555 loan at a PA municipal finance rate for a Custom Spartan Pumper
Public comments are welcome.
Bell Acres Borough
1153 Camp Meeting Rd
Kim Houser, Esquire
Attorney for Big Sewickley Creek Vol. Firemen’s
Sewickley PA 15143 Assoc. Inc
Bell Acres Announces Voting on Final Approval of Proposed Townhouse Development
The Borough of Bell Acres Council will be voting on the proposed preliminary and final land
development and subdivision plan for the Villas at Bell Acres at the September 13, 2021,
regular meeting. The Villas at Bell Acres is a proposed residential 152-unit townhouse
development. The overall tract of land is 72 acres with 152 townhouse units to be built on
approximately 29 acres while the remaining 43 acres are proposed to be placed under
conservation easement. The proposed site is located along the south-east border of Big
Sewickley Creek Road in Bell Acres Borough.
The proposed development is planned to be built in two phases: Phase I – 97 units plus a
clubhouse, Phase II – 55 units. Other features include a clubhouse, pool, sidewalks, private
streets, open space, and a unique rain garden stormwater detention pond located in the
northern loop. The gated community plans to have a Homeowner’s Association that will
care for the exterior maintenance and landscaping needs of the open space areas.
Lisa J. Fleming
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO ENACT
TAKE NOTICE that at its regular meeting to be held on September 13, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
prevailing local time, at the Big Sewickley Creek Fire Hall, 1850 Big Sewickley Creek Road, the
Council of the Borough of Bell Acres will hold a public hearing on and thereafter consider the
adoption of, and if appropriate enact the following proposed zoning ordinance amendment:
Ordinance No. 309, the title of which is: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF BELL
ACRES, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 165 IN THE
CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF BELL ACRES, “ZONING”, AS AMENDED, TO REGULATE
COMMUNITY CLUBS, CLUBHOUSES AND SWIMMING POOLS IN THE BOROUGH.
The Solicitor prepared this summary. Section 1 amends Section 165-5 of the zoning ordinance
by adding new definitions for community clubs, private community clubhouses, and private
community swimming pools. Section 2 amends Section 165-24.A by adding private community
clubhouses, and private community swimming pool to the table of use regulations pertaining to
principal uses as conditional uses in all districts other than the M3 Mixed Use: Light
Industrial/Heavy Industrial District. Section 3 amends Section 165-26 by inserting new
subsections PP and QQ, containing use specific regulations for private community clubhouses
and private community swimming pools. Section 4 amends Section 165-99 by inserting a new
subsection B(4) to permit private community clubhouses as a permitted use in planned
residential developments. Section 5 amends Section 165-71(D) to establish off street parking
requirements for private community clubhouses and private community swimming pools.
Sections 6, 7, and 8 are repealer, savings, and effective clauses respectively. Copies of the
proposed ordinance are available by appointment in the Bell Acres Borough Building, 1153
Camp Meeting Road, Sewickley, PA 15143 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday, at the Allegheny County Law Library, and at the offices of this newspaper.
Lisa J. Fleming
Beginning July 12, 2021, the Council of the Borough of Bell Acres will return to holding its regular meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. prevailing local time in person at the Big Sewickley Creek Fire Hall, 1850 Big Sewickley Creek Road, Sewickley, PA 15143.
Donations for the Bell Acres food bank will be accepted at the Big Sewickley Creek VFD.
Please leave your unexpired donation in the foyer entrance to the banquet hall during daylight hours.
Food boxes will be delivered on Wednesday.
If you need assistance or would like to help, please contact the Big Sewickley Creek VFD.
Due to the Coronavirus situation, and out of an abundance of caution, please be advised that the Bell
Acres Borough has taken steps to limit the exposure or possible spread of the Coronavirus within our
community. We have no greater responsibility than to protect the safety, health, and welfare of our
Therefore, Effective March 16, 2020, the Borough Municipal Building is closed to the public until further notice. Our staff is working and available. If you need to contact the Borough Staff, please call (412) 741-5448.
The Bell Acres Police Department will be handling non-emergency calls via phone, in order to limit
exposure. If you need to speak with a Police Officer for non-emergencies, please call (412) 741-3010.
For emergencies, please call 911.
Bell Acres Comprehensive Plan Makes Progress
YOU’RE INVITED…to share special memories, stories & photos of life in Bell
Acres/Sewickley Township. Now is the time to dig out those forgotten scrap books
& boxes of childhood photos. Please join in telling the Bell Acres story & preserving
its history for future generations.
Contact Bell Acres historian Debby Rabold at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 412 741-5448 Fax: 412 741-6302