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
2
2021
Landlord Community Meeting 2 – Rental Ordinance
5:30 pm
City Council Chambers, City Hall
Dec
13
2021
PUBLIC ART ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
City Council Chambers, City Hall
Jan
10
2022
PUBLIC ART ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
City Council Chambers, City Hall
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Christopher Delfs
Director
cdelfs@cityoflancasterpa.com
Rebecca Geiser
Deputy Director, Health, Housing and Community Development
rgeiser@cityoflancasterpa.com
Tyresa Bailey
Health Clerk
tbailey@cityoflancasterpa.com
Marrajae Bair
Housing Clerk
mbair@cityoflancasterpa.com
Zaritzia Burgos
Housing Billing Clerk
zburgos@cityoflancasterpa.com
Robert Cruz
Housing Inspector
rocruz@cityoflancasterpa.com
Kate DeHaven-Freund
Special Programs and Events Manager
kdehavenfreund@cityoflancasterpa.com
Delgado Eric
Housing Inspector
edelgado@cityoflancasterpa.com
Kayla Forgrave
Special Events Manager
kforgrave@cityoflancasterpa.com
Maria Guzman
Housing Clerk
mguzman@cityoflancasterpa.com
Emma Hamme
Senior Planner
emhamme@cityoflancasterpa.com
David Hamric
Commercial Code Official
dhamric@cityoflancasterpa.com
Cheila Huettner
Visitor Center Manager
chuettner@cityoflancasterpa.com
Kevin Kauffman
Health Officer/Lead Risk Assessor
kkauffman@cityoflancasterpa.com
Mandali Kejjo
City Planner
MKejjo@cityoflancasterpa.com
Randy King
Housing Inspector
rking@cityoflancasterpa.com
Denice Lazo
Staff Assistant
dlazo@cityoflancasterpa.com
Terri Michael
Building/Plumbing/Zoning Clerk
tmichael@cityoflancasterpa.com
Darren Parmer
Housing Rehabilitation & Lead-Paint Specialist
dparmer@cityoflancasterpa.com
Lori Parson
Building/Plumbing/Zoning Clerk
lparson@cityoflancasterpa.com
Tom Paul
Commercial Code Official
tpaul@cityoflancasterpa.com
Wilfredo Perez
Housing Inspector
wperez@cityoflancasterpa.com
Elyse Poy
HRNU Assistant
epoy@cityoflancasterpa.com
DJ Ramsay
Communications Manager
dramsay@cityoflancasterpa.com
Edwin Santiago
Housing Inspector
esantiago@cityoflancasterpa.com
Douglas Smith
Chief Planner
dsmith@cityoflancasterpa.com
Suzanne Stallings
Historic Preservation Specialist
sstallin@cityoflancasterpa.com
Jameel Thrash
Zoning Officer
jathrash@cityoflancasterpa.com
Sharon Williams
Housing Clerk
swilliams@cityoflancasterpa.com
Kim Wissler
Bureau Chief/Health Officer
kwissler@cityoflancasterpa.com
Patricia Wright-Sherman
Administrative Assistant
pwrightsherman@cityoflancasterpa.com
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