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Pennsylvania. A PLAN FOR LAND USE, TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. PA’s Municipal Boundaries. Development in the Greater Philadelphia Region ( 1930–1990). 262% Increase in Land Developed and a 56% Increase in Population. Recent History of Land Use in PA.

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Development in the greater philadelphia region 1930 1990
Development in the Greater Philadelphia Region (1930–1990)

262% Increase in Land Developed and a 56% Increase in Population

Recent history of land use in pa
Recent History of Land Use in PA

1997 – 21st Century Environment Commission established by Executive Order

1998 – 21st Century Environment Commission reports responsible land use is PA’s

top environmental priority

1999 – “Land Use Planning” – Executive Order guides state agencies on decisions impacting land use

Recent history cont
Recent History (Cont.)

1999 - State land use advisory groups were established, and they conducted public outreach

1999 - Noteworthy County/multi-municipal land use planning activities began to occur

2000 – State Interagency Land Use Team Report provides inventory of Commonwealth programs that impact land use

2000 – Major revisions to the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC)

Pa s vision statement
PA’s Vision Statement

Orderly and efficient growth, community

revitalization and quality of life enhancement of

the Commonwealth that:

  • Preserves open space

  • Promotes economic vitality

  • Protects natural resources

  • Controls sprawl

  • Optimizes investments in infrastructure (public and private)

Achieving pa s vision
Achieving PA’s Vision

Foster intergovernmental cooperation at all

levels focusing on land use decision making

and infrastructure investment to:

  • Promote sound land use principles

  • Utilize tools from MPC

  • Conduct education and outreach

  • Provide financial incentives

  • Leverage state funding among agencies

  • Build on existing partnerships

  • Share “Best Practices” and technical assistance

Pa strengths
PA Strengths

  • Interagency structure in place at the state level to coordinate land use and transportation planning

  • Local government offers opportunities for public input in decisions in land use, transportation, and economic development

  • Funding for local planning increased and is more coordinated

  • Robust and enduring planning partnerships

  • Strong state commitment

Pa opportunities
PA Opportunities

  • Strengthen local community involvement and integrate their land use vision for the future with transportation planning, programming and project development

  • Implement multi-municipal planning

  • Make better use of interagency structures currently in place

  • Offer incentives for regional cooperation

Pa opportunities cont
PA Opportunities (Cont.)

  • Explore and implement various pilot programs to reverse trends that compete with our “Growing Smarter” goals

  • Evolving process for state agencies to consider local plans when making infrastructure and permit decisions

  • Collaborate with the General Assembly to address land use policy issues

Pa weaknesses
PA Weaknesses

  • Local governments are not required to have a comprehensive plan

  • Most municipalities do not think regionally

  • Limited interstate communication on land use, economic development and transportation issues

  • Scarce staffing and funding for small municipalities

  • Lack of county oversight on developments of regional significance

  • Cumbersome impact fee procedures

  • Limited use of municipal capital improvement programs and budgets


  • Global or external forces that impact land use and transportation

    • Air quality attainment issues

    • National and global economic forces

    • Safety and security of infrastructure and other resources

    • Future viability and efficiency of passenger and freight railroads

Pa priorities
PA Priorities

  • Change the culture of land use decision making to realize PA’s vision

  • Encourage municipalities to think and act regionally

  • Reinvest in established communities

  • Strengthen and implement existing state agency processes, procedures and funding mechanisms to promote the critical link between land use planning and transportation project development