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.
Article IV of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, which authorizes municipal use of the official map
A one-page summary of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code provisions concerning the official map.
Official map and official map ordinance for Bushkill Township, which is located along the Kittatinny Ridge in Northampton County.
Official map and official map ordinance for Chestnuthill Township, which is in Monroe County.
Official map and official map ordinance for East Bradford Township, which is in Chester County.
Official map and the ordinance that enacted and incorporated the official map into Exeter Township’s zoning laws.
Official Map of College Township in Centre County and an information sheet on answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning official maps.
The ordinance that established the official map for Shrewsbury Township, York County.
Official Map for Upper Bern Township, which is located along the Kittatinny Ridge in Berks County.
Official map and official map ordinance for Uwchlan Township, which is in Chester County.
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.
An overview of official maps.
(print edition of ConservationTools.org guide) 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.