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Public Dedication

  1. Pennsylvania municipalities have the power under Section 503(11) of the state’s Municipalities Planning Code (“MPC”) to require developers to dedicate land to the municipality for public parks and recreation purposes. Called “public dedication” in the MPC, this tool is often referred to as “mandatory dedication” by those in the land use planning field. Under Section 503(11), municipalities may also provide the option for developers to choose from several alternatives to public dedication. However, municipalities may not mandate these alternatives. For more information, see www.conserveland.org