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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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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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Establishing Land-Use Protections for Community Gardens

Organizations/Sources: Planning for Healthy Places
Local government leaders are in a unique position to promote healthy eating and active living in their communities by supporting community gardens. Community gardens can improve nutrition, physical activity, community engagement, safety, and economic vitality for a neighborhood and its residents and provide environmental benefits to the community at large. Planning for Healthy Places, a project of Public Health Law and Policy, has created a set of complementary model land use policies to help communities create and preserve community gardens. Document includes a model general plan as well as model zoning ordinances.
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Hermitage Zoning Ordinance

Zoning ordinance for the City of Hermitage (PA). See section 409 for sign regulations.
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Mar 18, 2019
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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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Lancaster Township Zoning Ordinance

2012
Zoning ordinance for Lancaster Township (PA). See Article 12 for sign regulations.
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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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MCPC Series of Zoning Districts and Model Ordinances

Organizations/Sources: Montgomery County Planning Commission
Each guide describes a different type of zoning district (including related open-space issues) and provides a model ordinance for each. Districts include: village residential district, village mixed-use district, land preservation district, neighborhood residential district, rural residential district.
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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 Ordinance: Cottage Housing Development

2015
Organizations/Sources: Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
One way to address environmental sustainability and housing affordability issues is to build smaller houses. Cottage housing is an innovative style of development based on the idea of “better, not bigger.” Although it faces the same obstacles as other higher-density development types, cottage housing’s advantages could make it more acceptable to neighbors. This development type would be a useful option for developers, fitting between the detached single family house and the condo or townhouse. It makes more efficient use of the land, is more affordable and offers better energy efficiency than traditional single family detached housing, while providing more privacy than attached housing.
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Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development

These model ordinances provide examples for municipal governments to use as tools to incorporate sustainable land-use practices into their regulations.
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Model Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

2015
Organizations/Sources: Lancaster County Planning Commission
Model SALDO published by the 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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Monroe Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

2016
Subdivision and land development ordinance for Monroe Township (Cumberland County).
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Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Policies, Practices, and Ordinances

2011
This report provides information about recommended practices and ordinances that enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety and accommodations. Encouragement and safety campaigns are also highlighted.
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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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Policy for Transferring Parcels Created Prior to SALDO

1979
Organizations/Sources: Lancaster County Planning Commission
The policy addresses circumstances for the sale or conveyance of land contained on a deed dated prior to March 1, 1961.
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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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Protect the Trail: A Guide to Protecting the Appalachian Trail for Lehigh Valley Municipalities

2010
Organizations/Sources: Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Comprehensive guide about the role of municipalities in protecting the Appalachian Trail, which is cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and other federal and local entities.
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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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Shaping Future Development: The Role of Current Zoning

1996
Organizations/Sources: Montgomery County 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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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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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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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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Upper Bern Zoning Districts and Overlays

2008
Organizations/Sources: Upper Bern Township, Chester County
Examples of township ordinances regarding conservation overlay districts, special overlay districts, and zoning districts and maps 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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York County Sustainable Landscaping Model Ordinance

2014
Authors: Mary Kline
Organizations/Sources: York County Planning Commission
The purpose of the landscaping regulations contained in this Ordinance is to enhance health and safety, as well as the quality of life, in the Municipality. These regulations provide for Screening and buffering; aid in the reduction of noise, heat, and glare; minimize erosion and sedimentation; and establish a healthier environment.
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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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