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Transfer of Development Rights Feasibility Study

This report is the first in a three-part, multi-year series focused on the potential for a Transfer of Development Rights Pilot Project in the greater Pittsburgh area. A Transfer of Development Rights program can assist the Pittsburgh region in addressing serious issues such as landslides, stormwater management and combined sewer overflows; which have arisen from inappropriate development and poor and aging infrastructure.These factors combined with our regional topography, geology and climate have created dangerous flash flooding, landslides, sewer overflows, and other concerns which necessitate leveraging as many tools as possible to help address them.The presence of vacant parcels throughout the city provides an opportunity, not a liability, to provide ample andappropriate green space locations while directing reinvestment where it is best supported.