What is a Village Growth Area?
The Village Growth Area is an area that is designated as appropriate for future development and includes a traditional village core, adjacent developed portions of a township, and additional land to absorb a portion of a township’s future land use needs over a 25-year period while maintaining village scale, character, and a defined edge. Development in Village Growth Areas should be provided with public sewer and/or public water service where appropriate and feasible. The target net density for residential development in Village Growth Areas is 2.5 units/ acre, on average. Nonresidential development should occur at intensities which are compatible with the character of the Village. Both residential and non-residential development should be designed to be compatible with and complement the traditional, pedestrian friendly character of the village through features such as grid street patterns, sidewalks, buildings pulled to the street with parking behind, and compatible architectural scale and mass.

All land area within Manheim Township with the exception of the agricultural zoned land located in the northeast corner of the Township is considered a designated growth area. The area surrounded the Village of Oregon is considered a Village Growth Area while the remainder of the Township is considered an Urban Growth Area.

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1. If I file a complaint with the Township, will it remain confidential?
2. Can I change the zoning district designation of my property?
3. What are setbacks?
4. Where can I find a zoning permit?
5. What is a building permit?
6. What is a Certificate of Use and Occupancy?
7. What is a comprehensive plan?
8. Do I need a permit to re-pave my driveway?
9. Where can I find information on housing assistance for owners, landlords or developers?
10. Where can I get 2010 US Census data?
11. What exactly is zoning?
12. What is a zoning ordinance?
13. What is a permitted use?
14. What is a special exception?
15. What is the Zoning Hearing Board?
16. What is a variance?
17. What is a conditional use?
18. What is a Planned Residential Development (PRD)?
19. What is a Cluster Development?
20. What is a Transferable Development Right (TDR)?
21. What is the Transferable Development Right Program and Origin in Manheim Township?
22. How many Transferable Development Rights are assigned to property in Manheim Township?
23. What is the Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 (MPC)?
24. What is a Designated Growth Area?
25. What is an Urban Growth Area?
26. What is a Village Growth Area?
27. What is Growing Together?
28. What is the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee?
29. What is a Home Occupation?
30. What is an easement?
31. What is riparian buffer?
32. What are prime agricultural soils?
33. What is a floodplain?
34. What are Best Management Practices (BMPs)?
35. What is the Land Use Advisory Board (LUAB)?
36. What is the Planning Commission?
37. What is an Official Map?
38. What is a Historic Resource?
39. What is a Codified Ordinance?