Why designate lands or facilities on an Official Map?

In Pennsylvania, a Township can acquire land for public purposes whether or not the municipality has an Official Map. The Official Map allows for Millcreek to designate public lands and facilities in a comprehensive fashion so that they are laid out in an efficient and logical manner. Typically, many properties designated on the Official Map are undeveloped or underdeveloped giving the Township a chance to acquire that property which will be less expensive and ideally in a logical place to meet the needs of the public.

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1. What is an Official Map?
2. What kind of facilities and land can be placed on the Official Map?
3. After the facilities and land are designated on the Official Map, what happens next?
4. By designating these public facilities and land on the Official Map, isn’t this a taking by the government?
5. Why designate lands or facilities on an Official Map?
6. If I just want to put a small addition on my home, do I have to wait a year for Millcreek to act upon the Official Map designation on my property?
7. The term “taking” and “acquisition” is often used with the Official Map, what does this mean? What is a Taking?
8. If the Official Map is adopted, when would my property be acquired?
9. What activities trigger the Official Map?
10. Only a portion of my property is designated on the proposed Official Map. How will that affect my ability to use my property?