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Commonwealth Court Offers Reminder that Land Development Waivers Must Meet Undue Hardship Threshold

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently emphasized to developers and municipalities the need to properly justify waivers from provisions of a subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO) during the land development process. In Lake MacLeod Homeowners’ Association, Inc. v. Pine Township Board of Supervisors and Cavalier Partners, LP, the Court sided with the objectors by holding…

Fact Finding Meetings – The Nondeliberative Exception to the Sunshine Act by Robert M. Tucker, Esquire

Since anyone can remember, Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act (“The Act”) has been the battleground for advocates of transparency in local government. The Act, with its allowances for executive sessions, seeks to balance transparency against the demands for confidentiality. But what about when deliberations take place behind closed doors? Otherwise known as a Smith fact-finding session –…

Executive Sessions Article by Andrew J. Bellwoar, Esquire and Jonathan P. Riba, Esquire Featured in Borough News Magazine

Siana Bellwoar proudly recognizes attorneys Andrew J. Bellwoar, Esquire and Jonathan P. Riba, Esquire for their recently featured article, Executive Sessions, What You Need to Know in the March 2018 issue of PSAB’s Borough News Magazine. Read the full article here: Exec sessions All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Siana…

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Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire Presents Proper Supervision of Municipal Police Departments Webinar

On February 21, 2018, Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire presented a webinar entitled, Proper Supervision of Municipal Police Departments on behalf of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. The purpose of the webinar was to raise awareness among elected officials, managers, chiefs of police and solicitors regarding their roles in properly managing municipal police departments; to provide a…