But, the fewer the resources available for planning, and the greater the staffing problems. (By Stan Lembach, Penn State)

  • Under home rule, there are thousands of local government units (townships, municipalities ...)
  • Local officials often serve on part-time, volunteer basis; turnover is high
  • Dealing with complex land use trade-offs under these circumstances is a challenge

Number of Government Units (2003)

Number of Government Units

Source: US Statistical Abstract, 2003