COMMONWEALTH COURT HOLDS THAT A TOWNSHIP HAS A DUTY TO REVIEW LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN GOOD FAITH
Does a municipality have an obligation to review development plans in good faith?
Recently, the Commonwealth Court answered that question with a resounding in Honey Brook Estates v. Honey Brook Township, 132 A3d 611 (Pa.Cmwlth.2016). The facts there showed that in 2005 the developer purchased a forty-acre parcel zoned to permit multi-family dwellings. Six months, Honey Brook Township began the process of rezoning the property to prohibit permit multi-family development for the property. Before Honey Brook Township adopted its ordinance that would have frustrated the developer’s plans, the developer filed a Preliminary Subdivision and Land Development Plan proposing 78 townhouse units for the property.