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Active Living & Social Equity: Creating Healthy Communities...

Authors: Eric Feldman and Dan Emerine
Local governments can help segments of the population that are disproportionately affected by the health consequences of physical inactivity and poor nutrition by planning and designing communities that facilitate healthy lifestyles for all residents. This guide describes how local managers, department heads and local government staff can design healthy communities for all residents, regardless of income, race or ethnicity, age, ability or gender. It explains the connections between active living and social equity, provides a toolbox of local government strategies for promoting active living equitably, and highlights notable examples of local initiatives from around the country.
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Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania

2005
This 144 page publication outlines many ways of developing attractive and sustainable communities, providing specific case studies and examples of solid planning practices. It includes six principles for better development.
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Build-Out Analysis

2017
Authors: Patty Elkis and Nate Lotze
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
A build-out analysis projects the development that could occur in an area under current law. It enables a community to test the reality of its development regulations against its vision for its future.
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Buy the Best, Zone the Rest

Organizations/Sources: Montgomery County Land Trust
an overview of conservation choices available to municipalities, nonprofits and the citizens of Montgomery County
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Community Parks and Recreation Handbook

Authors: Susan Abele
If you've never provided this service for your municipality, "Community Recreation and Parks" gives you a starting point. If you currently offer some aspects of public recreation and parks, this handbook will help you enhance and expand your services.
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Endangered by Sprawl

Organizations/Sources: National Wildlife Federation
How Runaway Development Threatens America's Wildlife
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GIS Analysis of Land Use on the Rural-Urban Fringe

Organizations/Sources: Penn State University
The Impact of Land Use and Potential Local Disamenities on Residential Property Values and on the Location of Residential Development in Berks County, Pennsylvania
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Local Area Plans (Southeastern PA and Southern NJ)

In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the primary responsibility for land use planning and development decisions rests at the municipal level. As a regional organization, DVRPC is available to facilitate or undertake the preparation of multi-municipal plans, particularly in areas or corridors of new transportation investments. We have assisted the townships and boroughs of our older suburbs to prepare coordinated economic development and revitalization plans for multi-municipal corridors. DVRPC has also worked with local community development corporations and neighborhood associations to prepare comprehensive neighborhood plans.
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Map of Environmental Advisory Councils

Map of environmental advisory councils, with basic contact information.
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May 02, 2011
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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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Apr 04, 2011
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Regional Open Space Priorities Report

The Regional Open Space Priorities Report project identifies, prioritizes, and recommends protection strategies for natural resources, agricultural, and recreational lands in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area. It encourages partnerships between state, federal, local, and private conservation groups and others to protect critical open spaces in the region while sustaining economic growth.
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The Planning Commission in Pennsylvania (Planning Series #2)

2006
This guidebook helps local planning commission to understand the reasons for, and roles of, the planning commission in municipal land use decisions. It addresses the statutory authority and composition of planning commissions in Pennsylvania and the specific powers and duties of the commission. It concludes with a detailed discussion of the common roles of commission members – particularly in terms of hiring planning consultants – and a series of appendices providing model ordinances and procedures for establishing planning commissions and the adoption of a community’s comprehensive plan.
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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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