Tax relief due to storm damage-Act 71 of 2012 (HB 1913) authorizes the abatement of real estate taxes for the 2011 tax year for real property that was damaged ordestroyed by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. This act also authorizes local governments to exempt the assessed valuation of reconstruction or repairs madeto properties damaged or destroyed by these storms from real property taxation and requires such abatements to end after the third year or upon the sale or transferof the property. Act 71 took effect June 27,2012.
Land use development notifications Act 97 of 2012 (I-IB823) amends the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code to require municipalities to submit a monthlyreport to the school district superintendent if they approved a plan for residential development during the preceding month. The act requires that the notice includethe development’s location, the number and types of units, and the expected construction schedule. Act 97 takes effect September 3, 2012.
In addition, this act requires a wastewater system managing official to review any land development under the MPC or building construction permit application under the Uniform Construction Code if the development or construction would use wastewater treatment systems provided by a county wastewater treatment authority ina county of the second class A (Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery) and a municipality served by the authority.
This review will not be required for applications involving new construction or alterations of one- and two-family dwellings, those with an approved sewer module, and those that the state Department of Environmental Protection has exempted from sewage planning.
Reprinted in part from PSATS News Bulletin June/July publication