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Local Land Use Controls in Pennsylvania (Planning Series #1)

Organization(s): Local Land Use Controls in Pennsylvania
Year: 2001
This report on fundamental local planning and land use controls in Pennsylvania summarizes what exists now and what can be done under the current Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). It also briefly explains how to develop an official map in your municipality.

MPC Quick Guide: Official Map

Organization(s): Governor's Center for Local Government Services
A one-page summary of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code provisions concerning the official map.

MPC excerpt: Official Map

Organization(s): Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Article IV of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, which authorizes municipal use of the official map

Official Map - Bradford Township

Year: 2010
Official map and official map ordinance for East Bradford Township, which is in Chester County.

Official Map - Bushkill Township

Organization(s): Bushkill Township
Year: 2005
Official map and official map ordinance for Bushkill Township, which is located along the Kittatinny Ridge in Northampton County.

Official Map - Chestnuthill Township

Year: 2004
Official map and official map ordinance for Chestnuthill Township, which is in Monroe County.

Official Map - Upper Bern Township

Organization(s): Upper Bern Township
Year: 2008
Official Map for Upper Bern Township, which is located along the Kittatinny Ridge in Berks County.

Official Map - Uwchlan Township

Year: 2009
Official map and official map ordinance for Uwchlan Township, which is in Chester County.

Official Map Ordinance - Exeter Township

Organization(s): Exeter Township, Berks County, PA
Year: 2005
The ordinance that enacted and incorporated the official map into Exeter Township’s zoning laws.

Official Map Ordinance - Shrewsbury Township

Organization(s): Shrewsbury Twp., York, County, PA
Year: 2004
The ordinance that established the official map for Shrewsbury Township

Official Map: Frequently Asked Questions - College Twp.

Organization(s): College Twp., Centre County, PA
Answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning official maps.

Planning Bulletin #48, Official Map, Chester County Planning Commission

Organization(s): Chester County Planning Commission
Year: 1994
Proactive planning measures must be considered if municipalities are to ensure the preservation of important community resources. The official map is a valuable but underused planning tool that few municipalities have considered as an option to address land use issues. The Chester County Planning Commission encourages a wider use of the official map and provides municipalities with information on how and why an official map is of value in municipal planning.

Report #4: The Official Map

Organization(s): Delaware County Planning Department
Year: 2006
An overview of official maps.

The Official Map: A Handbook for Preserving and Providing Public Lands & Facilities

Organization(s): Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Year: 2011
The official map is a powerful planning tool for ensuring that land will be available where it is needed for roads, trails, parks, riparian buffers and other potential public infrastructure. The official map is authorized by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. This handbook is a guide for county and municipal leaders and planners who seek practical guidance in more effectively implementing land use plans.


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