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If I file a complaint with the Township, will it remain confidential?
Yes and No. When a complaint is filed with the Township by an individual against another property owner, the Township strongly encourages that this person (the complainant) provide his or her name and residence information with the description of the perceived code violation. This information is not public information and remains private throughout any investigation. Under Section 708 of the PA Right to Know Law (Act 3 of 2008), if a requestor is seeking the name or copies of the complaint submitted to the Township or other correspondence between the complainant and the Township, this information is exempt from access and will not be provided. This type of information is exempt from public access under the Right to Know Law and the complainant's name and address will always remains confidential in this situation.

Depending on the nature of the code violation and case and/or whether a particular matter would go before the District Magistrate, the complainant should be made aware of the fact that they may be called to testify as a victim and describe the problem or issues identified in the complaint. Although these situations are very rare, in this situation the complainants identity is no longer confidential. Again, these cases are not common.

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1. If I file a complaint with the Township, will it remain confidential?
2. Can I change the zoning district designation of my property?
3. What are setbacks?
4. Where can I find a zoning permit?
5. What is a building permit?
6. What is a Certificate of Use and Occupancy?
7. What is a comprehensive plan?
8. Do I need a permit to re-pave my driveway?
9. Where can I find information on housing assistance for owners, landlords or developers?
10. Where can I get 2010 US Census data?
11. What exactly is zoning?
12. What is a zoning ordinance?
13. What is a permitted use?
14. What is a special exception?
15. What is the Zoning Hearing Board?
16. What is a variance?
17. What is a conditional use?
18. What is a Planned Residential Development (PRD)?
19. What is a Cluster Development?
20. What is a Transferable Development Right (TDR)?
21. What is the Transferable Development Right Program and Origin in Manheim Township?
22. How many Transferable Development Rights are assigned to property in Manheim Township?
23. What is the Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 (MPC)?
24. What is a Designated Growth Area?
25. What is an Urban Growth Area?
26. What is a Village Growth Area?
27. What is Growing Together?
28. What is the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee?
29. What is a Home Occupation?
30. What is an easement?
31. What is riparian buffer?
32. What are prime agricultural soils?
33. What is a floodplain?
34. What are Best Management Practices (BMPs)?
35. What is the Land Use Advisory Board (LUAB)?
36. What is the Planning Commission?
37. What is an Official Map?
38. What is a Historic Resource?
39. What is a Codified Ordinance?

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