Through December 31, 2021, unless further notice is provided, this approval body of the City of Lancaster will conduct all of its regularly scheduled meetings and special meetings virtually rather than meeting in person. Zoom Webinar will be the preferred meeting service for public meetings, and the link to join this meeting is posted below. Agendas are available below.
How to Join the Virtual Planning Commission Meetings
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 301 715 8592 or
+1 312 626 6799 or
+1 929 436 2866 or
+1 253 215 8782 or
+1 346 248 7799 or
+1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 930 9407 4477
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ab4kkzwcyG
All nine members of the Planning Commission must be full-time residents of Lancaster City and serve four-year terms. Six of the members represent the six City Planning Regions, and three of the members may live anywhere in the City (i.e., at-large). The City may appoint up to three additional alternative at-large members.
If you are interested in serving on the Planning Commission, then please read this summary of responsibilities and contact the Chief Planner. The powers and duties of the Planning Commission according to City ordinance are articulated in more detail in City Code § 22-15: Powers and duties.
Region 1 – Chris Modlin
Region 2 – Andrew Whalen
Region 3 – Kenny Weeks
Region 4 – Lagena R. Wright
Region 5 – Nelson M. Polite, Jr.
Region 6 – Miriam Ortega-Brown
At Large – Jon C. Lyons
At Large – Jocelynn M. Ritchey
At Large – Steve Hackett
Alternate – Nicole Seuffert
Alternate – Michaela Allwine
Alternate – David Boehm
What We Do
The Planning Commission reviews and makes final decisions on subdivision and land development plans. The Commission also acts in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council on matters related to comprehensive planning, zoning, official map amendments, and amendments to land development regulations.
The deadlines for subdivision and/or land development plan applications or other items requiring prior Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC) review and comment are determined by the LCPC deadlines. The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code requires a 30-day county planning commission review period prior to consideration of a subdivision and/or land development plan by the municipal planning commission. Deadlines for other City Planning Commission agenda items not requiring prior LCPC review, e.g., sketch plan review or waivers of plan submission requirements, are determined after consultation with the Bureau of Planning (717-291-4755) but are normally not less than 9 days (Monday of the preceding week ) prior to the City Planning Commission meeting.