Commonwealth Court voids "Act 13" zoning provisions
The Court's order is reproduced here in full. The complete decision is attached, and can be viewed online.
O R D E R
AND NOW, this 26th day of July, 2012, the preliminary objections filed by the Commonwealth to Counts IV, V, VI, VII, IX, X, XI and XII are sustained and those Counts are dismissed. The preliminary objections to Counts I, II, III and VIII are overruled.
Petitioners’ motion for summary relief as to Counts I, II, and III is granted. 58 P.S. §3304 is declared unconstitutional, null and void. The Commonwealth is permanently enjoined from enforcing its provisions. Other than 58 Pa. C.S. §3301 through §3303 which remain in full force and effect, the remaining provisions of Chapter 33 that enforce 58 Pa. C.S. §3304 are similarly enjoined.
Petitioners’ motion for summary relief as to Count VIII is granted and Section 3215(b)(4) is declared null and void.
The cross-motions for summary relief filed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Robert F. Powelson in his Official Capacity as Chairman of the Public Utility Commission and by the Department of Environmental Protection and Michael L. Krancer in his Official Capacity as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection are denied.
See the full court document.