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Land Use Regulation & Development Design

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Official Map

A municipality may express an interest in acquiring specific land (or easements thereon) for trails, streets, parks, open space networks and other public purposes by establishing an “official map” that “reserves” this land. If a landowner seeks to develop reserved land, the municipality has a year to pursue acquisition of the land from the owner before the owner may freely build or subdivide.

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Planning & Land Use Ordinance Basics

This guide summarizes planning and land use tools available to municipal and county officials under Pennsylvania’s Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). This guide also provides links to more expansive and comprehensive resources for those interested in learning more.

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Public Dedication of Land and Fees-in-Lieu for Parks and Recreation

A Tool for Meeting Recreational Demands in Pennsylvania Municipalities

Municipalities may require developers to provide parkland for new developments. They may also offer developers the option to instead pay fees, construct facilities or establish private parkland.

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