Municipal Resources

Fact Sheets:


  • Allegheny County Councils of Government. This interactive map show the County’s eight Councils of Government, their member municipalities and the location of the COG office.
  • Status of Municipal Planning. This map is based on information available to us in September of 2019. Municipalities can amend, adopt or repeal an ordinance at anytime, so be sure to check with the municipality.

Essential Planning Library:

Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). This important legislation enables your municipality to plan for and regulate the use, subdivision and development of land.

MPC Municipal Planning Series. The DCED’s Planning Series explain different parts of the MPC in straight-forward language. The Planning Series are highly recommended reading for newly appointed and elected officials, as well as citizens who want to understand how local government works. The following Planning Series are a good place to start:

DCED’s on-line library contains many other publications on wide variety of topics.

Comprehensive Plans:

If your municipality is thinking about adopting new comprehensive plan or plan update, the information provided below may help you to decide whether an “implementable” approach to comprehensive planning would be a good fit for your community:

Other Resources:

Be sure to visit the Toolbox and the Transportation pages for model ordinances and links to other resources on a variety of topics.


Workshops for municipal officials were offered by DCED and the Planning Division in 2018 and 2019. Copies of the presentations are available here. Presentations from future workshops will be posted here as well.