Planning & Zoning
New Zoning Ordinance, Map, and Fee Schedule Published
The 2021 Luzerne County Zoning Ordinance, Map, and Fee Schedule are now available:
These items were adopted by the Luzerne County Council on March 9, 2021 and went into full force and effect on March 24, 2021.
DRAFT 2021 Lackawanna-Luzerne Counties Comprehensive Plan
The draft Comprehensive Plan is now available for public review.
On Jan. 14, 2021, the Luzerne County Planning Commission voted to initiate a 45-day public comment period for the document in accordance with Pennsylvania Act 247 Section 302.
The comment period begins Jan. 15, 2021 and runs through Feb. 28, 2021. All comments should be e-mailed to the consultant, Hannah Clark by Feb. 28, 2021.
State law requires Luzerne County to revise and re-publish its Comprehensive Plan every 10 years. The project is being coordinated with Lackawanna County to create a bi-county regional comprehensive plan in tandem with the development of a bi-county Long Range Transportation Plan (separate but related document).
The Comprehensive Plan provides a snapshot of regional conditions and serves as an aspirational thought-piece for guiding the future land-use development of our communities through the year 2040. The document may be viewed here.
The Plan will be discussed by the Luzerne County Planning Commission during their 2:00 PM meeting on Feb. 11, 2021; e-mail staffer Christopher Chapman in advance if you wish to join this publicly-accessible webinar.
The Plan may subsequently go before the Luzerne County Council for adoption consideration. Monitor this site (click link) for agenda postings. Click here to learn how to access the virtual public meetings.
2021-2045 Long Range Transportation Plan
The 2021-2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Lackawanna-Luzerne Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization (LLTS MPO) was adopted unanimously by that body's Coordinating Committee on Feb. 3, 2021. Updated every five years, the LRTP is a 25-year plan that guides prioritization and investment in the region's transportation infrastructure improvement projects.
2020 Bicycle-Pedestrian Study
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Study for the Downtown Business Districts of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre was published in December 2020 and adopted by the Lackawanna-Luzerne Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization (LLTS MPO) on Feb. 3, 2021. More information, including appendices and illustrative maps, can be found here. Questions may be directed to Christopher Chapman at 570-825-1564.
2020 Luzerne County Hazard Mitigation Plan
The 2020 Luzerne County Hazard Mitigation Plan may be viewed here. The Plan was approved by FEMA and published on Sept. 8, 2020, after receiving favorable review by PEMA on Aug. 19, 2020. On Sept. 10, 2020, the Luzerne County Planning Commission voted to recommend the Plan be adopted by County Council. The Plan was adopted by the Luzerne County Council on Oct. 13, 2020. As of Jan. 22, 2021- sixty-four (64) municipalities within Luzerne County have adopted the Plan. Adoption of the Plan by municipalities renders those communities eligible to benefit from state/federal hazard mitigation grants, should any be sought, over the five (5) year-period commencing Sept. 8, 2020 and ending Sept. 7, 2025. Any questions may be directed to Matthew Jones. A 2-page Executive Summary of the Plan's highlights published on Oct. 16, 2021 may be viewed here.
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