What We Do

The Department of Community Planning & Economic Development is charged with implementing an economic development strategy that: promotes the establishment, stabilization, and expansion of small businesses and micro-enterprises in the City; increases access to capital and credit financing for development activities, job creation and retention efforts; promotes minority and women-owned business development and participation; expands employment opportunities for City residents; develops vacant and under-utilized residential, commercial, industrial and manufacturing sites
to attract new investment in the City; and assists developers through the City’s zoning, land development, subdivision, historical, construction and other City approval processes.

 

CPED works closely with the Lancaster City Alliance to implement the Building on Strength Economic Development Plan adopted in 2015 and with other organizations promoting the economic revitalization of the City, including SACA and SACA Development Company, the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, Lancaster Equity, ASSETS, the Community Action Partnership and the City’s neighborhood organizations, such as SoWe, SEES, South Ann Concerned Neighborhoods, Churchtowne, Lancaster Jewels and Northeast Neighbors United.

 

The Department Director provides management support for development of the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone, the City’s State Keystone Opportunity Zone, the federal Opportunity Zone Program, and Lancaster Redevelopment Area Plan. The Department also staffs the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster Industrial Development Authority. The Director serves on the Board of the Downtown Investment District Authority and the Lancaster City Alliance.

 

The Department’s neighborhood revitalization strategy focuses on enhancing the quality of life in our neighborhoods with: improved City parks and recreational facilities and community facilities serving neighborhoods; pro-active property code enforcement to confront nuisance crimes and other neighborhood disruptions; maintenance of the city’s housing stock and to ensure the availability of housing opportunities for all income levels; restoration and preservation of properties including those with historic or architectural significance; housing rehabilitation and maintenance, and promotion of home ownership; and addressing lead hazards in residential properties and home-based day care centers.

 

The Department staffs the Lancaster Property Reinvestment Board, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster’s Vacant and Blighted Property Disposition Program and the newly established Land Bank Authority. Through the auspices of the first two Boards, the City is able to acquire, rehabilitate, and resell properties that have been condemned for more than sixty days and blighted residential properties that have been vacant for more than three months. The Land Bank Authority is another tool that enables the City to acquire properties at Tax Claim and Judicial Sales for future redevelopment, as well as make strategic acquisitions to further economic development goals of the City.

 

CPED includes the Housing and Economic Development Division, the Community Development Division, the Bureau of Code Compliance and Inspections, the Bureau of Planning and the Lancaster Office of Promotions.

 

 

Services We Provide

Upcoming Events

Dec
6
2019
December First Friday
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Various Locations
Discover innovative exhibitions, performances and perhaps a few surprises as you walk the streets of Lancaster.
Dec
9
2019
Board of Plumber Examiners Meeting
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Codes Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall
The Board of Plumber Examiners reviews and considers for approval, license and testing applications for Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Plumbers if the qualifications are deemed to be appropriate. The Board of Plumber Examiners is scheduled to meet at 3:00PM on the second Monday of each month when the Agenda has matters posted for discussion, review or disposition.
Dec
11
2019
Building Code Board of Appeals Meeting
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Codes Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall
The Building Code Board of Appeals reviews and adjudicates appeals of the decisions of the Building Code Official concerning provisions of the building codes. The Building Code Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet at 4:00 PM on the second Wednesday of each month when the Agenda has matters posted for discussion, review or disposition.
Dec
11
2019
Sign Commission
6:00 pm
Commission Room, City Hall Annex (Marion Street Entrance)
Dec
12
2019
Property Reinvestment Board Meeting
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Commission Room, City Hall Annex (Marion Street Entrance)
The Code Compliance and Inspection – Housing Office provides all administrative support for the Property Reinvestment Board in the process of addressing vacant and blighted properties that are unfit for human habitation. The process may lead to the acquisition of these properties by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster.
Dec
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.
Who We Are
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Susannah Bartlett
Community Development Administrator
SuBartlett@cityoflancasterpa.com
Wyatt Behringer
Marketing & Communications Manager
wybehringer@cityoflancasterpa.com
Michael Bireley
Housing Inspector
mbireley@cityoflancasterpa.com
Karen Bousquet
Deputy Director
kbousquet@cityoflancasterpa.com
Joseph Bresch
Commercial Building Inspector
jbresch@cityoflancasterpa.com
Robert Cruz
Housing Inspector
rocruz@cityoflancasterpa.com
Delgado Eric
Housing Inspector
edelgado@cityoflancasterpa.com
Kayla Forgrave
Special Events Manager
kforgrave@cityoflancasterpa.com
Kevin Kauffman
Lead Inspector
kkauffman@cityoflancasterpa.com
Randy King
Housing Inspector
rking@cityoflancasterpa.com
John Lefever
Interim Bureau Chief, Building Codes
jlefever@cityoflancasterpa.com
Larry Mansfield
Building Code Inspector
lmansfield@cityoflancasterpa.com
Terri Michael
Building/Plumbing/Zoning Clerk
tmichael@cityoflancasterpa.com
Darren Parmer
Housing Rehabilitation & Lead-Paint Specialist
dparmer@cityoflancasterpa.com
Tom Paul
Building Code Inspector
tpaul@cityoflancasterpa.com
Wilfredo Perez
Housing Inspector
wperez@cityoflancasterpa.com
Elyse Poy
Housing Revitlization A
epoy@cityoflancasterpa.com
Lauren Roth
Housing Billing Clerk
lroth@cityoflancasterpa.com
Edwin Santiago
Housing Inspector
esantiago@cityoflancasterpa.com
Suzanne Stallings
Historic Preservation Specialist
sstallin@cityoflancasterpa.com
Marisol Torres
Housing and Economic Development Administrator
martorres@cityoflancasterpa.com
Butch Vega
Housing Inspector
jvega@cityoflancasterpa.com
Kim Wissler
Senior Health Officer
kwissler@cityoflancasterpa.com
Patricia Wright-Sherman
Administrative Assistant
pwrightsherman@cityoflancasterpa.com
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