Planning & Zoning
PennDOT is planning to improve the interchange between the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate-476) and Interstate-81 located in Dupont Borough and Pittston Township as part of the broader Scranton Beltway project. Construction is planned to begin in 2029 and finish in 2031. Details on the project can be found at this link.
Update: Widening of Interstate-81
PennDOT is planning to widen two segments of I-81 from 2 lanes into 3 lanes:
PennDOT will widen I-81 between Nuangola and Wilkes-Barre. The timeline for this segment of the project has recently been pushed back 3 years. Rather than beginning in 2025, construction is slated to start in 2028. Rather than completion in 2030, the project is now planned to finish in 2033. The latest information on the project can be found at this link.
PennDOT also plans to widen I-81 between Avoca and Scranton (in Lackawanna County) beginning as early as 2028 (this project will also take approximately 5 years) finishing around 2033. More information on that project can be found here and here.
2022 Roadway Safety Review Report
The safety review report for troublesome intersections surveyed in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties between Sept. and October 2022 is available here. The final version of the report, which includes ideas for increasing safety and improving traffic flow at these sites, was published on Jan. 24, 2023. Questions may be directed to Jonathan Shaw at 570-825-1563.
State Law #247
The latest version of the Municipalities Planning Code is available here. This is Pennsylvania Act #247 of 1968 as Re-enacted and Amended Through 2021. This version was published in 2022.
2021-2040 Comprehensive Plan
The final version of the 2021 Lackawanna-Luzerne Counties Comprehensive Plan is 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 in developing both plans. Questions on the Comprehensive Plan may be directed to Matthew Jones at 570-825-1566.
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 Jonathan Shaw at 570-825-1563.
2020-2025 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 Oct. 23, 2023- sixty-five (65) 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 at 570-825-1566. A 2-page Executive Summary of the Plan's highlights published on Oct. 16, 2021 may be viewed here. The following amendments have since been added to the Plan:
2004 Open Space, Greenways and Outdoor Recreation Master Plan
The 2004 Lackawanna-Luzerne Counties Open Space, Greenways and Outdoor Recreation Master Plan may be viewed here.
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