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New Comprehensive Plan Published

The final version of the 2021 Lackawanna-Luzerne Counties Comprehensive Plan is now available here.

The Plan was adopted by Luzerne County Council on April 27, 2021 (effective May 3, 2021), and by the Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners on June 16, 2021.  Final edits were reconciled on June 30, 2021.  The final document was posted and became available online July 16, 2021.

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.

State law requires Luzerne County to revise and re-publish its Comprehensive Plan every 10 years.  The project was 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).  Outside consultant, Michael Baker International, was utilized to assist the Counties develop both plans.

New Zoning Ordinance, Map, and Fee Schedule Published

The 2021 Luzerne County Zoning Ordinance, Map, and Fee Schedule are now available: 

2021 Luzerne County Zoning Ordinance

2021 Luzerne County Zoning Map

2021 Luzerne County Zoning Schedule of Fees

These items were adopted by the Luzerne County Council on March 9, 2021 and went into full force and effect on March 24, 2021.

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.

The LRTP may be viewed here.  More information can be found on the MPO webpage or by contacting Christopher Chapman at 570-825-1564.

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.


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 call or e-mail one of the following staffers:

Alan Brezinski 570-825-1589

We can help you start the application process via phone and e-mail, 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 Patrick Dooley at 570-825-1565.  We allow access to the office on a limited basis. Plans and permit applications (with appropriate fees) may also be mailed to the office and we'll respond as soon as we can.  Please call in advance to check fee amounts before submittal.