Delaware Valley Urban Area Compact

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Delaware Valley Urban Area Compact
Member jurisdictions: 2
Issue(s): Regional planning
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The Delaware Valley Urban Area Compact is an interstate compact between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The compact is designed to organize a comprehensive regional planning program for the Delaware Valley area.

Text of the compact

The legislature of each member state passes the laws with certain modifications, but the core of the legislation remains the same.

Article I: Definitions

For the purpose of this compact, and of any supplemental or concurring legislation enacted pursuant thereto, except where such meaning is obviously inapplicable, the following words and phrases shall mean:

(a) The commission--The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;

(b) Delaware Valley Urban Area--The area included within the counties of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer in the State of New Jersey, and the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery and the city of Philadelphia in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;

(c) Area--The Delaware Valley Urban Area;

(d) Commissioners--The members of the commission;

(e) Board--The body composed of the members of the commission;

(f) Federal Government--The Government of the United States of America and any branch, department, bureau or division thereof, as the case may be;

(g) Federal Representative--Any individual duly authorized to represent the Federal Government.

Article II: Purpose and findings

The legislative bodies of the signatory parties hereby find and declare that the transportation and land resources of the area are affected with a local, State, regional and national interest and their planning under appropriate arrangements for interstate co-operation, is a public purpose of the respective signatory parties.

In general, the purposes of this compact are to organize and conduct a continuing, comprehensive, co-ordinated regional planning program for the area, including but not limited to transportation planning for the interests and purposes, consistent with its annual budgets, of the agencies of New Jersey and Pennsylvania represented by commissioners as well as for the purposes of the local governments and their planning agencies.

Article III: Liberal construction

This compact shall be construed liberally to effectuate its purposes. Nothing herein shall be deemed in any way to limit or restrict the power of one or both of the party States, by law or otherwise, to deal independently with respect to any matter within the scope of this compact.

Article IV: Adoption of amendments and supplements

Amendments and supplements to this compact to implement the purposes thereof may be adopted by concurrent legislation of the party States.

Article V: Severability

If any part or provision of this compact or the application thereof to any person or circumstance be adjudged invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall be confined in its operation to the part, provision, or application directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered and shall not affect or impair the validity of the remainder of this compact or the application thereof to other persons or circumstances, and the party States hereby declare that they would have entered into this compact or the remainder thereof had the invalidity of such provision or application thereof been apparent.

Article VI: Duration of compact

This compact shall continue in existence until revoked by one of the two party states.

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