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.