This report is a guide for municipalities and counties in the Delaware Valley region to assist them in understanding and implementing zoning to promote smart growth. Smart growth is an approach to development that discourages sprawl, while encouraging revitalization of urban areas, infill, mixed-use, and land conservation, while promoting environments focused on pedestrian and transit accessibility. The report provides background on existing zoning methodology and smart growth innovations, including an extensive review of unified development codes, form-based codes, and the model SmartCode.
This guide describes the basic elements of land use planning and regulation available to municipal and county governments under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. (Print version of Conservationtools.org guide)
(Act of 1968, P.L.805, no.247 as reenacted and amended) 23rd ed.
Overlay zoning district to protect natural resources.
Meeting fundamental human needs while preserving the life support systems of planet Earth will require a world-wide acceleration of today's halting progress in a transition toward sustainability. Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions presents a plethora of subject matters in urban sustainability and provides both instructors and students with in-depth knowledge about crosscutting issues, concepts, and solutions inherent in modern sustainability thinking. This broad-based text illustrates how cities can and have applied concepts such as Ecological Footprint, modeling urban sustainability, sustainability indicators, urban adaptation, and climate action planning into their programs, policies, and urban planning and design.
The zoning ordinance can be a confusing document to the average person who is confronted with a myriad of rules and regulations. The zoning ordinance should not be maligned for being complicated. Land use regulation is a complicated endeavor. What is needed is some basic information that explains zoning, the ordinance, its development and its administration. This publication is designed to fulfill some of that need.