Stewart Township

General Character

Stewart Township is located in the eastern portion of the County and shares a border with Somerset County. The Township has a strong rural character primarily due to its imposing topography. Portions of both the Chestnut and Laurel Ridges pass parallel to each other through the Township and create a topography of steep hills and valleys. 

This topography however, has made prime locations for outdoor recreational opportunities including the Ohiopyle State Park and the Youghiogheny River. The Township's rural character is also added to by the lack of a central town or village. Existing uses, primarily residential, are located throughout the Township in isolated pockets.

Zoning & Comprehensive Plan

Stewart Township maintains its own zoning and comprehensive plan. The information in this plan reflects the County's view of future land use only and has no bearing on the Township's future land use or zoning. Please refer to a copy of the Stewart Township zoning map for an accurate depiction of land use and zoning in the Township.


Key Attributes

  • Bear Run Preserve at Falling Water
  • Kentuck Knob
  • Ohiopyle State Park
  • The Youghiogheny River

Existing Built Area

  • There are few continuous built areas within the Township

Future Growth Areas

  • Growth will occur in isolated pockets throughout the Township

Recreation/Cultural Resource Conservation

  • 50% of Township land area
  • Bear Run Preserve at Falling Water
  • Kentuck Knob
  • Ohiopyle State Park

Agricultural Conservation

  • 2% of Township land area
  • Located throughout the western portion of the Township

Resource Preservation

  • 37% of Township land area

Land Reclamation

  • 1% of Township land area
  • Six sites throughout the Township

Rural Conservation

  • 10% of Township land area