Multi-Municipal Planning
Municipal Implementation Tool #003

Multi-Municipal Planning

Product No.: MIT003
Date Published: 01/2003

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This brochure is the third in a series of brochures being published in support of the region's long-range plan, Horizons 2025. The plan specifically seeks to encourage core city revitalization, stabilization of older boroughs and townships and growth management in surrounding suburbs, and preservation of rural communities and natural areas. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, local governments have the primary authority and responsibility to implement these policies. Multi-municipal planning is a tool that may be useful in their communities as well as an effective way to implement the policies of Horizons 2025. This brochure discusses the legal basis of multi-municipal planning in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and discusses some of the benefits of working cooperatively.

Geographic Area Covered: 9-County Delaware Valley Region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer Counties in New Jersey)

Key Words: Multi-Municipal Planning, preservation, natural resources, Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code (MPC), New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), economic development, cost savings, curative amendments, transfer of development rights (TDR), tax revenue, joint purchasing programs, joint zoning, Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Plan, Multi-Municipal Resources.

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