Guidelines and Checklists
Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) is Allegheny County’s designated county planning agency. ACED's Planning Division is responsible for administering Allegheny Places and providing consistency reviews as described here and on the FAQs page.
The checklists contain criteria used to assess projects, plans and ordinances for consistency with Allegheny Places. Applicants are encouraged to use the checklists as guides when developing projects, plans and ordinances; and as a tool for evaluating applications for consistency before submitting them to the County for review.
The general information sheets include minimum required information for applications submitted to Planning Division for a consistency review.
DEP, DCED, DCNR, PENNVEST and other agencies issue permits and provide funding in the form of grants and loans for a variety of projects and activities. If the agency application asks whether the proposed project is consistent with the county comprehensive plan, a copy of the application must be submitted to Planning Division for review.
Development projects for which County financial assistance is requested will be evaluated for consistency with Allegheny Places. Applicants are encouraged to meet with ACED as early in the process as possible to discuss ways in which the project can be consistent.
Proposed municipal comprehensive plans, and zoning and subdivision and land development ordinances are reviewed for consistency with Allegheny Places as required by MPC 304.
Planning Division staff is available to assist municipalities with consistency when developing new plans and ordinances. Read about the related "3C" process on the FAQs page.
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