Shaffer Bills Clear Senate in 48-1 Vote

Jun 16, 2015


June 16, 2015: Third consideration and final passage in the Senate. Bills will now move to the House of Representatives. Click here for more information and to see how your Senator voted.

April 22 / 1:50 PM: CAI has been informed that Senate Bills 687 and 688, sponsored by Senator Pat Browne, have been unanimously reported out of the Senate Urban Affairs Committee.

In the court case of Shaffer v. Zoning Hearing Board of Chanceford Township, the township objected to the creation of a planned community and conveyance of parcels among family members.  The township took the position, which was adopted by the county court and affirmed by the Commonwealth Court, that the creation of a planned community fell within the definition of land development under the Municipalities Planning Code.  The PA Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Commonwealth Court without an opinion. CAI is advocating for this legislation which will make it clear that the creation of condominium associations and planned communities out of existing land or facilities does not require municipal approval unless and until new structures or buildings are constructed within the association or planned community.  This legislation will eliminate the unnecessary conflict of legal statutes to which condo associations and planned communities are now exposed and remove a potential impediment to the viability of residential and commercial associations and communities throughout the Commonwealth. CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee has been advocating for this legislative solution for nearly five years. Stay tuned for additional updates as the legislation advances through the legislature.

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