Many Mon Valley communities have limited tax revenues, and struggle to provide basic services. Updating their planning and zoning regulations under those conditions can be difficult, because the specialized skills may not be available within the municipalities — and hiring outside consultants can be prohibitively expensive.
MVI has worked with multiple Mon Valley communities to make sure their planning and zoning ordinances are fully compliant with state and federal law, and addressed 21st Century development needs.
As a result of the process in which MVI and the communities engaged, residents have come forward to volunteer to serve on their local planning commissions and zoning boards.
In addition, developers are expressing more interest in building in communities with clear and modern zoning and planning codes.