A kaleidoscope is an optical instrument that presents an ever-changing view for those looking through it. In many ways, this reminds me of life as a real estate developer in Pennsylvania. The approval process landscape is ever-changing from project to project and municipality to municipality. With every twist of the land use kaleidoscope the path to a successful project looks a little (or a lot) different than the last one.
There are approximately 2,500 municipalities in Pennsylvania. Between 2,100 and 2,200 have their own set of zoning regulations – each different than the other – that shape how land can be developed in that municipality. Think of those zoning regulations as one color of glass inside the kaleidoscope. But picture looking through that kaleidoscope you had as a child – there are multiple colors, right?
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