Allegheny County Announces 2013 Municipal Planning Grant Program

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that the County has allocated $250,000 to continue the AlleghenyPlaces Municipal Planning Grant Program in 2013. Through this program, municipalities can apply for grants to update existing comprehensive plans and land use ordinances, or develop new ones. 

The goal of the program is to ensure that all municipalities in Allegheny County have current and legally correct land use ordinances and comprehensive plans that are generally consistent with the County’s comprehensive plan, AlleghenyPlaces. The program also encourages multi-municipal planning/cooperation, and innovative approaches to land development regulation. 

The AlleghenyPlaces Municipal Planning Grant Program was first offered in 2010 and three grants were awarded:

  • The seven Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone (ARTEZ) municipalities have developed a model zoning overlay district for riverfront development. The communities include Millvale, Etna, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Blawnox, O’Hara and Shaler. 
  • Elizabeth Borough updated its 1987 zoning ordinance and implemented the recommendations of the Allegheny Together program.
  • Springdale Borough, Springdale Township, Harmar Township and Cheswick Borough developed a multi-municipal comprehensive plan.

Allegheny County municipalities, Councils of Government (COGs) and non-profits working on behalf of municipalities which have municipal representation on their boards are eligible to apply for funding.  The maximum allowable grant request per applicant, project or application is $65,000.  Minimum required local match ranges from 0-50% and cannot be provided from other county funds. Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Planning Division staff prior to submitting an application. If funding is provided through the program, comprehensive plans must be completed within 36 months of the grant award, and ordinances must be completed within 20 months.

The program guidelines and requirements are available now on World Wide Web Icon  www.alleghenyplaces.com under “Breaking News.” Interested municipalities may also contact Kay Pierce at 412-350-1030. There is no deadline for applying, but qualified applications will be considered for funding in the order in which they are received.

AlleghenyPlaces, the Allegheny County comprehensive plan in also available online at   World Wide Web Icon www.alleghenyplaces.com.  

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