The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a rural Bucks County township's plan to preserve farmland and clarified zoning parameters for towns across the Commonwealth. The ruling ends a nine-year battle between Bedminster Township and the Piper Group over a plan to build about 350 single-family homes on 400 acres of farmland. The ruling also provides a blueprint for how restrictive agricultural preservation zoning can be and how towns deal with laws that are ruled too restrictive.

"The ruling explains clearly for the first time provisions of the Municipalities Planning Code, which govern all zoning outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh," said Mr. Sklaroff, who leads Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Department. "It demonstrates that after there is a challenge, the municipality has the opportunity to cure the ordinance by removing things that are unconstitutional."