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Allegheny County's Steep Slope Ordinance and Related Ordinances

Organizations/Sources: Allegheny Planning Commission
Attached is Art. V of the Allegheny County Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Also attached isArticle IV, which is the required information for sketch plans, and preliminary and final applications. Chapt. 1, Part 2 contains model regulations for environmetal protection and hazrd control. Pgs. I-56 and I-62 are the model regulations for geologic hazards and steep slopes.
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Amendment to Steep Slope Section of Franklin Township Zoning Ordinance

2018
Amends the steep slope section of the zoning ordinance, eliminates steep slope conservation overlay district, and more.
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An Ecological & Physical Investigation of Pittsburgh's Hillsides

2004
This 26 page research paper address the economics of hillside slope development. It includes topics such as the ecological values of hillside slopes, public and private values of hillsides, tax issues and economic valuation studies.
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Centre County Steep Slope Guidance

2013
Guide to steep slopes in Centre County, including regulatory and non-regulatory protection strategies.
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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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Edgmont Township Steep Slope Conservation Overlay District

Steep slope overlay district for Edgmont Township (Delaware County). Includes series of permitted, conditional, and prohibited uses for areas of "very steep slope" (greater than 25%) and "steep slope" (15–25%).
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Kennett Township Natural Resource Protection Standards

Section of Kennett Township (Chester County) zoning ordinance that includes supplemental regulations for natural resources such as steep slopes, floodplains, wetlands, woodlands, and riparian buffers.
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Lower Milford Township Zoning Ordinance

2009
Organizations/Sources: Lower Milford Township
Zoning ordinance for Lower Milford Township, Lehigh County, which include steep slope ordinances. Lower Milford Township takes a more performance-oriented approach to steep slope regulation; within its four-tiered steep slope area, disturbance (i.e. grading, clearing, construction, etc…) is limited to a percentage of the land area occupied by each tier. Use restrictions – in addition to those imposed by the underlying zoning district – only apply to prohibitive slopes.
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Lycoming County Zoning Ordinance

County-wide zoning ordinance for Lycoming County. Includes environmental protection standards that regulate the use and disturbance of steep slopes.
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Model Steep Slope Ordinance

2003
An excellent model ordinance prepared by the 10 Towns Great Swamp Watershed Committee as a prototype for adoption by its municipal government members in the Passaic River Basin.
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Pittsburgh Steep Slope Ordinances

2000
Organizations/Sources: City of Pittsburgh
Chapters 905 & 906 of Pittsburgh's zoning ordinances, which contain the city's steep slope ordinances. Pittsburgh's scenic hillsides play a major role in defining its visual character. In addition to a traditional steep slope overlay district, Pittsburgh has both a Hillside District, a base zoning district with unique hillside-appropriate site development standards, and a View Protection Overlay District, which enables the City Planning Commission to create supplemental design guidelines for View Protection Districts, which may include hillsides. (Chapter 905 updated in 2010).
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Reading Steep Slope Ordinance

2017
Steep slope ordinance enacted by the City of Reading in 2017.
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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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Steep Slope Ordinance

2010
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Zoning regulations for development on and disturbance of steep slopes can prevent erosion and reduce the risk of landslides that endanger lives, damage property and infrastructure, harm water quality, and degrade wildlife habitat. These regulations can also preserve the aesthetic character of visually prominent hillsides by discouraging vegetative clearing and excessive earthwork to accommodate development.
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Steep Slope Ordinance, East Nantmeal Township

A concise example of a steep slope ordinance, this ordinance includes standards and criteria for reviewing special exceptions.
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Steep Slope Ordinance: Ferguson Township, PA

2009
Organizations/Sources: Ferguson Township, PA
Ferguson Township, Centre County, PA zoning ordinance, which includes steep slope ordinance. The steep slope ordinance has both “Slope Controls” (page 405), and a “Ridge Overlay District (page 64)” designed to limit disturbance to Colluvial soils
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Steep Slope Ordinance, Salford Township

The Munipalities Planning Code allows the use of steep slopes to be regulated through a zoning overlay district, which enables their uniform regulation regardless of each municipality’s base zoning district provisions. Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, employs this approach, typical of many municipalities across the Commonwealth, and its Overlay District comprises all areas of the Township with slopes greater than 15%. Four categories of slopes are differentially restricted, and a combination of disturbance (i.e., grading and vegetation removal) and lot size and design standards take precedence over the regulations of underlying districts.
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Steep Slopes Guide/Model Regulations

2008
Organizations/Sources: Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s model steep slope regulations are primarily use-based in that each slope tier (15 to 25 percent and 25 percent and greater) has a series of permitted, prohibited, and conditional uses. Performance-based standards are embedded in the model ordinance’s “General Provisions” section.
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The Kilbuck Township Landslide: Findings and Recommendations

2008
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
A major landslide in Kilbuck Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, in September of 2006, demonstrates the disastrous consequences of failing to protect the municipality’s steep slopes from disturbance. This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Joint State Government Commission's Task Force on the Kilbuck Township Landslide, which conducted an in-depth investigation into the landslide.
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Upper Dublin Township Stormwater Management and Steep Slope Ordinance

2004
Ordinance regulating stormwater management and steep slopes in Upper Dublin Township (Montgomery County). The minimum lot size requirement increases as the average slope increases.
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Upper Providence Township Steep Slope Conservation Overlay District

Section of Upper Providence Township (Delaware County) code about the township's steep slope conservation overlay district.
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Whitemarsh Township Steep Slope Overlay

Steep slope overlay district for Whitemarsh Township (Montgomery County), which sets requirements for average lot area and maximum impervious ground cover based on steep slope ratio.
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Zappala vs Town of McCandless

2002
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth Court ruling upholding the steep slope ordinances of a municipality. Appellant wanted to disturb nearly 6 acres of land for development, but the township’s steep slope ordinances only permitted the disturbance of just over two on this parcel.
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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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