In Pennsylvania, a Planning Commission is a group of volunteers appointed by the local government to advise and assist in the development of land use plans, zoning regulations, and other policies related to the physical development of a township. The Planning Commission is typically responsible for making recommendations to the local government regarding land use decisions, including the development of new buildings, subdivisions, and zoning regulations.
Some specific roles and obligations of a Planning Commission in township government in Pennsylvania include:
Developing and updating comprehensive plans for the township: The Planning Commission is responsible for developing and periodically updating the comprehensive plan for the township. This plan provides a long-term vision for the physical development of the township, including land use, transportation, and other infrastructure considerations.
Reviewing and making recommendations on zoning and land development applications: The Planning Commission is typically responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the local government on zoning and land development applications, including subdivision plans and conditional use permits.
Conducting studies and making recommendations on special projects: The Planning Commission may conduct studies and make recommendations to the local government on special projects, such as the development of parks, trails, or other public facilities.
Advising the local government on land use policy: The Planning Commission advises the local government on land use policy and may develop or recommend changes to zoning ordinances and other land use regulations.
Educating the public on land use issues: The Planning Commission may engage in public outreach and education to promote understanding of land use issues and to encourage participation in the land use planning process.
The Planning Commission plays a critical role in shaping the physical development of townships in Pennsylvania, providing expertise and recommendations to the local government on land use policy, and helping to ensure that development in the township is sustainable and consistent with the community’s vision for its future.
Bill Soumis, Chairman
The Planning Commission holds its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Please check calendar prior to meeting nights for updates