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David Brooman, Tom Panzer and Gil High Attend PA Municipal Solicitor’s Workshop

High Swartz Municipal Attorneys David J. Brooman, Thomas E. Panzer and Gilbert P. High, Jr. attended the Municipal Solicitors Workshop on May 16, 2019. The Workshop was held at Delaware Valley Trusts in Horsham, PA. On the agenda: The State of Qualified Immunity for Pennsylvania Public – discussed the United States Supreme Court’s including constitutional […]

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PA Municipalities worried about the Airbnb trend can rest easier

In a recent decision, the PA Supreme Court reversed the Commonwealth Court’s ruling and in doing so, state that Airbnb-type rentals are against residential zoning laws. April 30, 2019 | By Mark R. Fischer, Jr. and David J. Brooman, Land Use and Zoning Attorneys at High Swartz Norristown, PA Back in March 2018, I wrote […]

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What is a Municipal Authority?

If you live in Pennsylvania, odds are that you’re within the service area of at least one municipal or joint municipal authority. By Stephen Zaffuto, Real Estate Law Attorney at High Swartz Law Firm in Norristown, Pennsylvania It has been estimated that Pennsylvania has roughly 2,000 active municipal authorities. Whether for water distribution, wastewater treatment, […]

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How can municipalities control the AirBnB trend within their neighborhoods?

March 27, 2018 By Mark R. Fischer, Jr. The online marketplace for short term lodging is proliferating well beyond Jersey Shore and Poconos rentals.  AirBnB’s are becoming a popular trend in suburban Philadelphia and in some townships, an unwanted land use.  Since this trend started, the municipal and zoning lawyer in me has wondered how […]

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Landowners Beware: New Natural Gas Pipelines Planned For PA

May 1, 2015 By David J. Brooman, Esquire When many Pennsylvania landowners look out onto their backyards, they are unaware of the pipeline system that currently resides under their lawns. Many more are unaware of the bottleneck within the system that transports gas from a record-setting natural gas reserve in the Marcellus Shale region of […]

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Municipal Law

Q: Can I file a Human Relations Complaint with a local municipality? A: The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) receives complaints arising from allegations of discrimination based on race, color, familial status, age, religious creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, handicap or disability. However, it has no power to resolve discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation, […]

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The Public’s Property: Municipal Rights in Using or Disposing of Donated, Dedicated or Purchased Land

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Nuisance Complaints: The Bane of Code Enforcement Officials, The Legal Intelligencer

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