The Post-Gazette takes a look at the southwestern municipalities who are preparing to challenge Pennsylvania’s new impact fee in court. Their problem: language limiting local governments’ ability to zone and regulate drilling:
South Fayette has joined other municipalities in considering legal action against House Bill 1950, which Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Feb. 8.
Commissioners voted 5-0 on Feb. 15 to authorize their attorney, Jonathan Kamin, to “investigate all potential legal actions” related to the state legislation.
Deron Gabriel, commissioners’ president, said legal action is “highly likely” and could be decided in the next 30 to 60 days.
…In Washington County, officials in Peters, Robinson and Cecil also are considering legal action.
Marshall Bond, the interim manager of South Fayette, said the township’s attorney is expected to investigate options and report back.
“They’re going to take a look at all potential legal actions, and if that involves — and could be more effective with — a consortium of interested municipalities, that certainly could happen,” Mr. Bond said.