What is an Ordinance

An ordinance is a local law set forth by the governing body. The Township Council is the governing body in Mount Holly Township. Anytime the Township Council wishes to pass a local law or ordinance, it must be introduced at a public meeting.

Once it is introduced, the township publishes the ordinance in the legal section of the local paper. The publication indicates the date and time established by the Council for the public hearing on the ordinance. At the public hearing, the ordinance is read by title and then the floor is opened to members of the public who wish to make comments on the ordinance.

After the public is finished commenting, the public hearing is closed and the members of the Township Council vote on the ordinance. If passed, the ordinance is again published in the local paper and takes effect 20 days upon publication.