Does Your Planned Community Need Subdivision Approval?

Does Your Planned Community Need Subdivision Approval?
George Asimos, Author
The Legal Intelligencer

In this article, George Asimos, a partner in the Real Estate Department, analyzes the impact of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania's decision in Frank N. Shaffer Family Limited Partnership v. Zoning Hearing Board of Chanceford Township.

The court's decision shook up how splitting ownership within developments has been handled for years and has affected transactions midstream. In light of the Court's decision, Asimos recommends that parties seek an official determination from the appropriate municipal officials that the grant of a land development plan, for example, pertaining to a given planned community or condominium project does not also require subdivision approval.