The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld Bedminster Township’s ordinance requiring developers to preserve farmland, wetlands, lakes and ponds, despite a developer’s claim that its own constitutional cure was ignored. The ruling clarifies the procedure municipalities must follow after a zoning ordinance is struck down as unconstitutional by a court.

Michael Sklaroff, a Ballard Spahr partner and Real Estate Department Chair, represented Bedminster Township. Mr. Sklaroff said the case represents the first time a Pennsylvania court “has interpreted the current provisions in the Municipalities Planning Code that govern curative amendment challenges and site-specific relief.”