Planning & Zoning

DRAFT 2021 Lackawanna-Luzerne Regional 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 sent to the consultant, Hannah Clark (Hannah.Clark@MBakerIntl.com) 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; contact staffer Christopher Chapman (Christopher.Chapman@LuzerneCounty.org) 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. 

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@LuzerneCounty.org).

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS UNDER YELLOW STATUS

Penn Place is open to the public. However access is limited in the Planning office to no more than two (2) persons of the general public.

Zoning Permits

If you are seeking a zoning permit, please contact Alan Brezinski via phone at 570-825-1589 or email at Alan.Brezinski@LuzerneCounty.org ; we will continue to process applications via email and then schedule appointments to complete the fee process and permit issuance.

Subdivision and Land Development

If you are looking to submit a land development or subdivision plan for review or for signatures, please contact Pat Dooley at 570-825-1565 or email Patrick.Dooley@luzernecounty.org , and we'll allow access to the office on a very limited basis. You can also mail plans or permit applications to the office and we'll respond as soon as we can.

​​Long Range Transportation Plan update​

Luzerne County, in coordination with our transportation planning partner, Lackawanna County, has begun the process of updating the 2016 Long Range Transportation Plan and produce the 2021 Long Range Transportation Plan.  Christopher Chapman is heading the department's work on this project in coordination with the consultant, Michael Baker International.  We look forward to continued engagement as allowed under the restrictions as established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to address COVID-19.  For more information, feel free to email Christopher.Chapman@LuzerneCounty.org or visit: http://www.lltsmpo.com/