This is THE starting point for any municipality in Pennsylvania that wants to perform a COCS study. Provides a step-by-step approach on preparing for, conducting the study, and interpreting your results.
This Workbook for Citizens & Officials, developed by specialists at Penn State's Cooperative Extension, is intended to assist those conducting economic analysis of specific proposed residential development in communities, using the Per Capita Multiplier method of analysis to predict the impacts on school districts and township or borough governments. A version of the workbook is available for use on-line, which is quick and easy, though does not have the same flexibility as the paper version of the workbook.
These impacts are significant not only because they affect taxpayers and local residents, but because they affect the ability of local government to respond to the needs of its citizens. Identifying the impacts of different land uses will help you recognize what types of land development and uses should be encouraged in your municipality, and what types should be treated cautiously.
This Report is a preliminary exploration of the inter-relationship between two forms of taxation: the long established land value taxation an the recently emerging eco-taxation. The exploration starts with comparing the distinct nature of the two forms and then the link between them.
This publication discusses topics related to open space, farmland, community character, quality of life, taxes and
development and how all of these elements are intertwined. Municipalities have come to realize that many of the costs of development are borne by the community rather than the developer. It is important that municipalities identify goals related to the conservation of land resources and consider the impacts of development on community services.
More than just pretty places, preserved open spaces contribute to our local economies and property values, they help us save on everything from health care to recreation, and they perform valuable ecosystem services that naturally improve the air we breathe and the water we drink. Included in this library item are both the full study and a study summary.
Conservation Opportunities for Corridor Preservation & Community Development. Route 41 passes through or near nine communities that contain extensive prime farmland, currently threatened by development. This report summarizes what is known about the relationship between roadway improvements and land use changes and identifies some of the tools and resources that can be used to influence land use changes resulting from rural roadway improvements.
Although the primary reason to protect important parts of the community is to ensure a high quality of life, saving land saves money for taxpayers. Land preservation is an investment in your community’s future—providing both financial and quality of life dividends. 12 pages.
This fact sheet on watershed services documents the significance of investing in forest conservation to protect our drinking water supplies. Private landowners are stewards of over 427 million acres of forest land and their management practices play a vital role in ensuring a sustainable supply of ecosystem services for the public.