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Antrim Township website

Organizations/Sources: Antrim Township
Ordinances enacted by this small, PA township are an effort to encourage smart growth and provide for resource protection
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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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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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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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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 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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Model Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, Lancaster County PA

2008
Organizations/Sources: 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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Pennsylvania Land Use Law Library

This website provides information on proposed legislation, state statutes, and land use case law rulings.
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Feb 10, 2010
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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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Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council Website

Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council
POLC maintains a set of model lighting ordinances on its website that have evolved over time to incorporate the most recent and most effective ordinance language. The site also contains enacted lighting ordinances from across the Commonwealth as well as helpful information on initiating an ordinance and links to other relevant resources.
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Oct 19, 2009
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Planning for Agriculture

2006
A summary of regulations that impact agriculture in Pennsylvania and an explanation of tools that municipalities can use to grow and protect agriculture within their boundaries.
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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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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 Co. 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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Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Permit Application

2012
Organizations/Sources: Environmental Planning & Design, LLC
This model permit application is designed to address small-scale photovoltaic systems (producing 13.44kW or less). It accompanies the Municipal Guidebook for Solar Zoning and Permitting, also published in 2012. 3 pp.
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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 New England Light Pollution Advisory Group

The New England Light Pollution Advisory Group educates the public on the virtues of efficient, glare-free outdoor night lighting -- and the tremendous benefits of low-lumen (low-light-output) lighting for many (if not most) outdoor applications.
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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 for conservation overlay districts, special overlay districts, zoning district regulations and zoning map and districts 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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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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