The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association:
Who we are
The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is committed to protecting property rights and land use while encouraging responsible environmental stewardship.
We work toward and support legislation that upholds the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution which states the following:
“No Person Shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Founded in 1987, The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is the out growth of a coalition of landowners supporting the principles of private ownership. The organization recognizes the need to protect our human resources, including our free enterprise economy which is built upon the principle of private ownership.
We believe that our national zeal to protect the environment has resulted in hastily drawn, reactionary legislation that fails to adequately protect our human resources, particularly our Constitutionally guaranteed right to be secure in the ownership of private property.
We also recognize that the line which separates environmental protection from the invasion of property rights is at best unclear, and in many specific situations not yet defined. The purpose of this organization is to provide landowners with an effective voice in the ongoing debate that will define the line beyond which government may not intrude into the use of privately owned property.