What We Do

The Bureau of Planning is charged with implementing the City’s Comprehensive Plan through zoning, land development planning and development of new ordinances or programs governing land development and subdivision practices guiding the growth and development of the City.

 

The Bureau of Planning also administers Lancaster’s City’s Certified Local Government Program — the Federal grant program that provides financial and technical assistance to implement Lancaster’s Historic District and Heritage Conservation District Ordinances. This grant program also supports the work of the Historic Preservation Specialist who provides technical assistance to contractors and property owners who are rehabilitating older properties.

 

The Bureau provides technical assistance to property owners, contractors and developers regarding zoning, land development, use of buildings, property site improvements, rehabilitation of historic structures, and the requirements of City land use, development and subdivision regulations.

 

Finally, the Bureau of Planning coordinates interdepartmental reviews of applications for major housing, commercial, and neighborhood development projects; provides technical staff support to the City Planning Commission; ensures the City’s compliance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code on matters related to the City’s Official Plan and land use/development ordinances; and participates in transportation and traffic control planning with the County of Lancaster and Lancaster City Traffic Commission.

 

Services We Provide

General Contact Info

Address

120 N. Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17602

 

Office hours

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Phone

(717) 291-4754

 

Fax

(717) 291-4713

 

 

Associated Boards, Commissions & Authorities

Upcoming Events

Aug
19
2019
Historical Commission Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Commission Room, City Hall Annex (Marion Street Entrance)
The Historical Commission reviews applications for new construction and demolition of property within the Heritage Conservation District.
Aug
21
2019
Planning Commission Meeting – CANCELLED
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Commission Room, City Hall Annex (Marion Street Entrance)
The August 21, 2019 meeting of the Lancaster City Planning Commission has been cancelled.
Sep
3
2019
Historical Architectural Review Board Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Commission Room, City Hall Annex (Marion Street Entrance)
The Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) reviews applications for exterior modifications to properties within the Historic District, and makes recommendations to City Council.
Sep
4
2019
Planning Commission Meeting
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Commission Room, City Hall Annex (Marion Street Entrance)
Sep
11
2019
Sign Commission
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Commission Room, City Hall Annex (Marion Street Entrance)
On July 11, 2017, Lancaster City Council adopted a new Sign Ordinance, replacing the sign chapter that previously was part of the Zoning Ordinance.  Along with the new ordinance, City Council adopted a Resolution creating the three-member Sign Commission and setting forth its powers and duties, which include the review and approval of signs proposed in the Central Busi…
Sep
16
2019
Historical Commission Meeting
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Commission Room, City Hall Annex (Marion Street Entrance)
The Historical Commission reviews applications for new construction and demolition of property within the Heritage Conservation District.
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