Take the PA MPC quiz

Test your knowledge of the Municipalities Planning Code! Take the quiz below and print out your answers. Afterwards, go through the course and retake the quiz and then see how you did.
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1: Which of the following is the MPC definition of “consistency”?
A. Furthers the goals, policies, and guidelines of the plan and is compatible with the proposed future land uses and densities and/or intensities contained in the plan

B. Agreement or harmony of parts or features to one another or a whole; ability to be asserted together without contradiction

C. An agreement or correspondence between matters being compared which denotes a reasonable, rational, similar connection or relationship

D. Consistency is not specifically defined in the MPC.

2: Which of the following may not be members of a planning commission?
A. Residents of rental dwellings in the municipality

B. Non-resident owners of businesses in the municipality

C. Elected officials of the municipality

D. Employees of the municipality

3: A municipality may prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan without having a municipal planning commission or department.


4: What is the function of an official map?
A. To establish functional classifications for municipal streets and roads

B. To reserve streets, watercourses, and public grounds for future acquisition for public use

C. To officially identify and map the zoning districts established in the zoning ordinance

5: Before acting on any subdivision plat, the governing body (or planning agency if delegated for such purpose) may hold a public hearing.


6: Which of the following is not a purpose of zoning according to the MPC?
A. To prevent danger and congestion in travel and transportation

B. To promote, protect, and facilitate the public morals

C. To accommodate reasonable overall community growth

D. To promote attractive and aesthetically pleasing building and development

7: The MPC requires a municipality to consider and render decisions on amendments to a zoning ordinance if requested by proper petition.


8: To whom shall a landowner, who on substantive grounds desires to challenge the validity of a zoning ordinance which restricts use of his land, submit a validity challenge?
A. The zoning hearing board

B. The governing body

C. Either of the two

D. Neither of the two

9: The MPC’s new Article XI requires multi-municipal comprehensive plans to designate growth areas, future growth areas, and rural resource areas in addition to the basic requirements for comprehensive plans contained in Article III.


10: Which of the following is not a function or purpose of a specific plan?
A. To allow a municipality to specify the design of sewage and water facilities and location and design of streets in any nonresidential area covered by a multi-municipal comprehensive plan

B. To allow a municipality to specify the density, layout, and design of residential developments containing a mix of single- and multi-family uses

C. To allow a municipality to set standards to protect open spaces within and adjacent to the area covered by the specific plan

D. To allow applicants for a subdivision or land development to submit only a final plan for their subdivision or land development

11: The terms “public hearing” and “hearing” are used interchangeably in the MPC and have the same meaning.


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