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A Guide To Developing A Community Tree Preservation Ordinance

1995
An overview of how to develop a shade tree ordinance
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Annual Budgets for Community Tree Programs

1995
Organizations/Sources: Penn State University
Information on how to budget for a community tree program, including a budget worksheet.
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Antrim Township website

Organizations/Sources: Antrim Township
Ordinances enacted by this small, PA township are an effort to encourage smart growth and provide for resource protection
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Balance, The Growth Management Element

2006
Organizations/Sources: Lancaster County Planning Commission
A comprehensive review of Lancaster County’s Designated Growth Areas, this 248 page report covers topics including development trends and projections, growth management framework, and urban and rural growth area strategies.
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Bethel Township Zoning Map

2009
Organizations/Sources: Bethel Township
Zoning map for Bethel Township, which is located along the Kittatinny Ridge in Berks County.
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Community Tree Ordinance

Simple fact sheet about developing tree ordinances with a link to a sample ordinance
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Comprehensive Transportation Planning: Knitting Together Land-Use and Transportation Decision-Making Through Scenario Planning

2006
Organizations/Sources: Placeways.com
Recognizing the essential relationship between land use, urban form, and transportation decisions, in 2006 the Town of Mooresville, NC initiated three major planning projects: Comprehensive Land Use Plan, a Comprehensive Transportation Plan, and an update of its Zoning Ordinance. Following a suggestion by the Federal Highway Administration, the Town decided to incorporate scenario planning to better link the three planning processes.
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Conservation Subdivision Design Handbook

2006
Comprehensive examination of the Design concept, complete with up-to date references, examples, model ordinances, case studies and more.
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Conservation Subdivision Design Project: Developing a Local Bylaw

2000
Organizations/Sources: Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Funded by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) undertook this project in order to promote and enable the use of Conservation Subdivision Design (or CSD), arguably the best reform made to traditional cluster-type zoning to date. This project is intended to elevate the use of this alternative land development technique to one that is commonly accepted and utilized, by serving as an educational tool particularly for Town Planners, Planning Boards and developers.
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East Vincent Township Zoning Ordinances

2007
Organizations/Sources: East Vincent Township
Zoning ordinances for East Vincent Township, Chester County, PA, Chapter 27, which include steep slope ordinances. The township excludes steep slopes, floodplains, and jurisdictional wetlands from its definition of “net tract area,” which is used to establish the maximum number of dwelling units permitted on a tract of land.
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Green Development Conservation Subdivision Design

2004
Organizations/Sources: Smart Communities Network
Brief background of Conservation Subdivision Design (CSD) and list of resources and case studies.
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Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances

2001
This is a comprehensive guide to assessing the tree resource needs of your community and developing and implementing an effective tree ordinance. This 181 page detailed guide provides valuable tools and examples for writing a tree ordinance, from the planning stages, through drafting an ordinance to evaluating the ordinance performance..
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Guide To Writing A City Tree Ordinance

1993
Authors: Buck Abbey, ASLA
Organizations/Sources: Louisiana State University
Two models of tree management ordinances are contained in this 21 page paper, a model for a small community and a model for a large community. The models can be used as a starting point to draft a local ordinance.
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Holding The Line: Urban Containment In The United States

2002
A comprehensive review of the urban growth boundary tool, including evaluations of different urban containment techniques, a study of their prevalence in the United States, and case studies.
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International Dark Skys Association Website

Organizations/Sources: International Dark-Sky Association
This website contains information on how to control, reduce, and regulate light pollution and conserve energy usage, including lighting ordinance information.
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Introduction to Growing Greener: Conservation by Design

2009
Organizations/Sources: Natural Lands Trust
This booklet summarizes how municipalities can use the development process to their advantage to protect interconnected networks of open space: natural areas, greenways, trails and recreational lands. Communities can take control of their destinies so that their conservation goals are achieved in a manner fair to all parties concerned. All that is needed are some relatively straightforward amendments to municipal comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances and subdivision ordinances.
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Lamar Advertising of Penn, LLC v ZHB of the Borough of Deer Lake, 915 A.2d 705 (Pa.Cmwlth.2007)

2006
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth Court case affirming a zoning hearing board’s decision to limit the size of off-site signs to the same size as on-site signs. The court stated the, “regulation…must not be arbitrary or discriminatory, and must bear a reasonable relationship to public health, safety, welfare and morals."
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Managing Maryland’s Growth, Models and Guidelines, Urban Growth Boundaries

1995
Organizations/Sources: The Maryland Office of Planning
This report examines urban growth boundaries as a technique for concentrating growth in development areas and discouraging it elsewhere. It explains how boundaries are used in Maryland and in other states, outlines the elements that must be present for a growth boundary to be successful, and presents a step-by-step procedure for creating and enacting a boundary.
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Maps show where Bay's treasures are threatened by development

2005
Authors: Karl Blankenship
Organizations/Sources: Chesapeake Bay Journal
This article discusses the impact the resource land assessment (a development threat analysis) had on preservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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Maryland's Green Infrastructure Assessment: A Comprehensive Strategy for Land Conservation and Restoration

2003
Authors: Ted Weber
Maryland's Green Infrastructure Assessment is a tool developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help identify and rank areas of greatest statewide ecological importance as well as those at greatest risk of loss to development. The methods developed are being applied at the multi-state, state, regional and local government levels to guide conservation efforts.
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Meeting the Sign Regulation Challenge

2006
Organizations/Sources: American Planning Association
Two programs explore how to create effective and defensible sign regulations. Keep your community beautiful and safe from legal challenges to your sign ordinance. The CD-ROM Includes program #1 "Issues in Sign Regulation" and program #2, "Context-Sensitive Signs". The CD-ROM can be found in the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, lending library.
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Model Conservation Zoning District and Natural Resource Protection Standards

2010
Organizations/Sources: Lancaster County Planning Commission
Two zoning tools for municipalities to consider integrating into existing zoning ordinances: Natural Resource Protection Standards and a Model Conservation District.
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Model Sign Ordinances, out-of-state

2008
Organizations/Sources: Citizens for a Scenic Wisconsin
Examples of state model sign ordinances: Included on this website is a general sign ordinance, and billboard prohibition. Please note that special consideration will have to be made to mold these models to conform to Pennsylvania’s statutes and case law.
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Model Steep Slope Ordinance

2003
An excellent model ordinance prepared by the 10 Towns Great Swamp Watershed Committee as a prototype for adoption by its municipal government members in the Passaic River Basin.
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Model Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, Lancaster County PA

2008
Organizations/Sources: Lancaster County Planning Commission
This model ordinance was written to promote consistency between the county comprehensive plan and local comprehensive plans and to help municipalities to manage and direct growth in a sustainable manner. The model ordinance has different provisions for urban areas, rural areas, and redevelopment areas within Lancaster County.
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Municipal Tree Commissions

1994
Fact sheet on how to form a tree commission as one tool a community can use to create and maintain an urban forestry program.
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Pennsylvania Community Forests Publications

Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Community Forests
This website provides links and ordering information for multiple publications (some free) on forestry programs and tree care under the "Publications & Resources" menu.
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Pennsylvania Land Use Law Library

This website provides information on proposed legislation, state statutes, and land use case law rulings.
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Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code: Made Easy!

This reference provides municipalities with the opportunity to access, via the internet, the PowerPoint presentation from the Municipalities Planning Code Made Easy workshop. The PowerPoint slides are linked to MPC Quick Guide, which then directs users to actual sections within the MPC, relating to a specific topic that the user has identified. To work through this program, simply follow the navigational tools provided.
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Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council Website

Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council
POLC maintains a set of model lighting ordinances on its website that have evolved over time to incorporate the most recent and most effective ordinance language. The site also contains enacted lighting ordinances from across the Commonwealth as well as helpful information on initiating an ordinance and links to other relevant resources.
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Pennsylvania’s Traffic Calming Handbook

2001
This publication provides guidance for the process involved in installing traffic calming measures along state roadways and details traffic calming options and design guidelines.
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Planning for Agriculture

2006
A summary of regulations that impact agriculture in Pennsylvania and an explanation of tools that municipalities can use to grow and protect agriculture within their boundaries.
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Proposed Amendments to Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

Proposed amendments to the existing township ordinances regarding steep slope development. Use a Keyword Search function on this page to locate the steep slope section.
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Regional Growth Management and Regional Transportation Planning (Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Central Pennsylvania)

2011
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
In an effort to update both its Regional Growth Management Plan and Regional Transportation Plan, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission implemented scenario build-outs throughout its entire service region, which includes 103 municipalities in the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry.
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Sample Natural Resource Protection and Open Space Preservation Ordinances

2006
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission completed a survey of municipal natural resource protection tools in its service area in 2002, which was systematically updated in 2006. Outstanding examples of ordinances related to natural resources, including steep slopes, are posted on this website and are saved as part of this library item.
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Shade Tree Commission and Ordinance, Bloomsburg, PA

Bloomsburg's Shade Tree Ordinance and information on their Shade Tree Commission.
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Shade Tree Commission and Ordinance, Carlisle, PA

2005
Organizations/Sources: Carlisle, PA
Carlisle's shade tree ordinance and information on their Shade Tree commission.
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Shade Tree Commission and Ordinance, Greensburg, PA

Organizations/Sources: Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Greensburg's shade tree ordinance and information on their Shade Tree Commission.
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Shade Tree Commission and Ordinance, Radnor Township, PA

Organizations/Sources: Radnor Township
Radnor Township's shade tree ordinance and information on their Shade Tree commission.
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Shade Tree Commission and Ordinance, Susquehanna Township, PA

2008
Organizations/Sources: Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Township's shade tree ordinance.
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Shade Tree Commission Sample Ordinance

Sample ordinance from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs for the creation of a shade tree commission and the adoption of rules and standards for the planting, maintenance and removal of shade trees within the public right-of-way.
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Shaping Future Development: The Role of Current Zoning

1996
Organizations/Sources: Montgomery Co. Planning Commission
The Montgomery County Planning Commission conducted a build out study which measured and described all future development permitted in the central and western municipalities of Montgomery County under current zoning ordinances.
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Sign Ordinance and Application, East Lampeter Township

This provides good examples of the documents you will need in creating a sign ordinance. Included is the application for sign placement, guidelines for approval of different sign types, requirements for electrical signs, and an insurance requirement form.
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Sign Ordinance, Derry Township

2006
Organizations/Sources: Derry Twp., Dauphin County, PA
Perhaps the best example of a municipal sign ordinance and one that has achieved the desired results. This ordinance is extremely thorough and includes definitions to help identify permitted and non-permitted sign usage.
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Sign Ordinance, Monroe County

2000
Organizations/Sources: Monroe County, PA
Developed by the county and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, this model sign ordinance is proposed for adoption by all municipalities in Monroe County. The ordinance is based on a number of local municipality sign ordinances and includes other significant refinements gleaned from other counties’ ordinances. The goal of this effort is to have all county municipalities adopt an effective, standardized, sign ordinance.
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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit Application

2012
Organizations/Sources: Environmental Planning & Design, LLC
This model permit application is designed to address small-scale photovoltaic systems (producing 13.44kW or less). It accompanies the Municipal Guidebook for Solar Zoning and Permitting, also published in 2012. 3 pp.
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Solebury Township v. Solebury Township Zoning Hearing Board, Christopher Marschall

2006
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth Court case, ruling in favor of the landowner, that natural features on the parcel created a “hardship” to the landowner. The court approved the variances sought by the landowner and the Zoning Hearing Board, even though the landowner knew these conditions existed and variances would have to be obtained prior to their purchase of the property.
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Steep Slope Ordinance, East Nantmeal Township

A concise example of a steep slope ordinance, this ordinance includes standards and criteria for reviewing special exceptions.
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Steep Slope Ordinance, Salford Township

The Munipalities Planning Code allows the use of steep slopes to be regulated through a zoning overlay district, which enables their uniform regulation regardless of each municipality’s base zoning district provisions. Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, employs this approach, typical of many municipalities across the Commonwealth, and its Overlay District comprises all areas of the Township with slopes greater than 15%. Four categories of slopes are differentially restricted, and a combination of disturbance (i.e., grading and vegetation removal) and lot size and design standards take precedence over the regulations of underlying districts.
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Street and Park Tree Inventory Templates with Instructions

2004
This website contains easy to use spreadsheet templates for for completing a street or park tree inventory. The templates can be downloaded in Excel or Access. The templates are easily adaptable and can be modified for the specific variables that may be found in individual towns or cities.
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Subdivision and Land Development in Pennsylvania (Series #8)

2003
The subdivision and land development ordinance is the most commonly used development control mechanism in Pennsylvania. It is the most basic of land use regulations. This 54 page manual provides additional information on process and procedures, conservation subdivision planning, fees and inspections, and enforcement.
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Technical Information on Floodplain Management (Planning Series #5)

2001
To participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a municipality must enact a code or ordinance, which at a minimum, meets the floodplain management requirements established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This publication provides additional information.
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The New England Light Pollution Advisory Group

The New England Light Pollution Advisory Group educates the public on the virtues of efficient, glare-free outdoor night lighting -- and the tremendous benefits of low-lumen (low-light-output) lighting for many (if not most) outdoor applications.
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The Urban Tree Ordinance Development Workbook

2004
Organizations/Sources: Georgia Forestry Commission
A 23 page preliminary guidebook designed for communities developing new, or revising older, existing urban tree ordinances. It includes a tree ordinance questionnaire, which is designed to help individuals better understand the relevant issues and questions that need to be answered when undertaking the process of tree ordinance creation.
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The Zoning Hearing Board (Planning Series #6)

2001
Any municipality enacting a zoning ordinance must also create a zoning hearing board. The primary purpose of such a board is to help assure fair and equitable application and administration of the zoning ordinance by hearing appeals on the zoning officer’s determinations and by granting relief from the literal enforcement of the ordinance in certain hardship situations.
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Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance - Cranberry Twp

2010
The Cranberry Township TND Ordinance features the following innovations of the Form-Based Code: context-sensitive design standards, street sections for five street types, streetscape design & detailing standards, building type design & detailing standards; and green infrastructure design standards.
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Upper Bern Zoning Districts and Overlays

2008
Organizations/Sources: Upper Bern Township, Chester County
Examples of township ordinances for conservation overlay districts, special overlay districts, zoning district regulations and zoning map and districts for Upper Bern Township, which is located along the Kittatinny Ridge in Berks County. Includes Blue Mountain and Appalachian Trail overlays.
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U.S. Landscape Ordinances: An Annotated Reference Handbook

1998
Authors: Gail D. Abbey
A review of community landscape ordinances and their impact on the design and planning professions that work with this type of legislation.
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Zappala vs Town of McCandless

2002
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth Court ruling upholding the steep slope ordinances of a municipality. Appellant wanted to disturb nearly 6 acres of land for development, but the township’s steep slope ordinances only permitted the disturbance of just over two on this parcel.
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Zoning for Landscape Protection

2009
Organizations/Sources: Wallace, Roberts, and Todd
The Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Act requires Pennsylvania municipalities along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail to adequately protect it as a public natural resource. Planning and architecture firm Wallace, Roberts, and Todd was hired by a steering committee of municipalities subject to the Act to develop strategies and guidelines for trail corridor protection. This website describes various zoning tools for landscape protection and includes examples of steep slope and ridge regulations.
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