The following definition for Land Development is found in Act 247, the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (PMPC). Please consult the PMPC and the local municipality for other requirements.
LAND DEVELOPMENT - any of the following activities:
(1) The improvement of one lot or two or more contiguous lots, tracts or parcels of land for any purpose involving:
(i) A group of two or more residential or nonresidential buildings, whether proposed initially or cumulatively, or a single nonresidential building on a lot or lots regardless of the number of occupants or tenure; or
(ii) The division or allocation of land or space, whether initially or cumulatively, between or among two or more existing or prospective occupants by means of, or for the purpose of streets, common areas, leaseholds, condominiums, building groups or other features.
(2) A subdivision of land.
(3) Development in accordance with Section 503(1.1).
The following is the Beaver County Planning Commission (BCPC) process associated with its review of a land development.
7. A land development applicant (e.g. property owner, developer) must submit, to the municipality in which the land development is to occur, all documents required by that municipality.
8. The local municipality then submits the following to the BCPC
- A letter requesting that the BCPC review the land development
- Two copies of the land development plan/drawing prepared by a Pennsylvania licensed/registered surveyor/architect/landscape architect/engineer/geologist (Design Professional), with at least one copy bearing the seal and original signature of the Design Professional.
- The required fee, paid in the form of a check or money order payable to Beaver County Planning Commission.
9. The BCPC must receive the required information from the municipality prior to the close of the first business day of the month so that the staff review can be completed and presented to the BCPC Board of Directors at its monthly meeting, held the third Tuesday of each month.
10. Upon receipt of the information stated in item 2 above, the BCPC staff will then review the land development plan and present its review to the BCPC Board of Directors for Board approval at its meeting.
11. After the BCPC Board takes action at its meeting on the staff’s recommendations regarding any land development, the BCPC staff issues its written review to the municipality and sends copies of its review to appropriate parties.
12. The applicant should contact the BCPC to arrange, as appropriate, for the signing of the land development plan by the BCPC prior to recording the plan.