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Planning and Zoning

Department Mission Statement:

"To provide quality service to the community by acting as a team to accomplish duties and to communicate with respect at all times."

The Planning and Zoning Department

The Planning and Zoning Department include the Director of Planning and Zoning, the Zoning Administrator, a receptionist, a part-time Ordinance Enforcement Officer, and two contract employees, the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer and the Health Inspector. The Department is responsible for all planning, subdivision, and land development within the Township. Any person who wishes to subdivide or develop land within the Township must file plans with this Department. In addition, homeowners who wish to make changes to their home or property may need to obtain a zoning permit from the Zoning Administrator in addition to the possible acquisition of a building permit from the Centre Region Code Office.

The Director of Planning and Zoning

The Director is responsible for oversight of the department, preparation of planning reports, development of new and revised ordinances, plan review processing and the Planning Commission agenda, administration of the Township’s Recreation , Parks and Open Space Plan, and most importantly, planning for the future of the community. Both the Director of Planning and Zoning and the Zoning Administrator work closely with developers, engineers, regional planners and other officials to develop and monitor the various stages of planning and development.

The Community Planner

The Community Planner is responsible for providing support to the Planning & Zoning Department. The primary responsibility is to assist with the subdivision and land development plan review process with tasks such as review, tracking, distribution, communication, and organization. In addition, the Community Planner helps the Department with larger planning issues, including but not limited to ensuring that the zoning and SALDO codes put the comprehensive plan into action, are consistent with each other and other ordinances, and accomplish the goals of the Township. The Community Planner also helps to anticipate future trends based upon current and future demographics of the municipality and region, and further work with Director and staff to address changes creatively.  Other duties and responsibilities planning-related GIS mapping and outreach on specific projects with the community.

The Zoning Administrator

The Zoning Administrator is responsible for issuing permits for new construction as well as permits required for alterations and additions to existing structures. These include zoning, sign, and home occupation permits. Additionally, the Zoning Administrator is responsible for inspection and site plan enforcement, driveway permits, lighting and sign ordinance enforcement, and identification of other zoning violations throughout the Township. The Zoning Administrator is the person responsible for all questions related to the Township’s Zoning Ordinance.

The Ordinance Enforcement Officer

The Ordinance Enforcement Officer is employed part-time and is responsible for policing the Township to ensure compliance with various sections of the Code of Ordinances. This includes regulations related to weeds and vegetation, snow removal from public sidewalks, and enforcement of other ordinances. In addition, the Ordinance Enforcement Officer also represents the Police Department as their Animal Control Officer.

The Sewage Enforcement Officer

The Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) reviews the design for and issues permits for on-lot septic systems within the Township. The SEO also responds to complaints of on-lot septic system malfunctions, reviews repairs, tank replacements, and planning modules, and is responsible for completing the field work necessary for the on-lot sewage management program. This program, which now encompasses all land outside of the Regional Growth Boundary, is currently administered by the Centre Region Code Office.

The Health Officer
Responsible for permitting eating and drinking establishments, and responding to any issues that may impact the health of Township residents. This position is contracted through the State College Borough Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health (DOEPH). Contact the DOEPH at the State College Borough.

If you would like to speak with someone in the Planning and Zoning Department, please contact the Township office at (814) 238-4651. You may also contact the Director and Zoning Administrator via email.

In the Planning & Zoning Department Page, you'll find the following information: