Municipal Services

The County has adopted a Comprehensive Plan and a Long Range Transportation Plan in partnership with Lackawanna County, a Stormwater Management Plan, and a Hazard Mitigation Plan. The administration of these plans falls under our Department’s responsibilities. All of the County’s 76 municipalities are under the umbrella of these plans. However, municipalities may adopt its own Stormwater Management Plan, and its own Comprehensive Plan, provided its plans comply with the provisions of the respective County-wide Plans. 

Municipalities are required to adopt by ordinance the County Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to be qualified for Federal Emergency Assistance available in response to flood, weather event, or man-made disaster.


To assist municipalities in acquiring funding, Planning provides confirmation that a municipality’s plans for which it is seeking a grant for municipal improvements to its facilities, equipment, parks, trails, recreational facilities, roads, sidewalks and bridge improvements conform with the Bi-County Comprehensive and other applicable plans. When requested, the Planning Department may provide a letter in support of a grant application. The municipality’s authorized individual or representative should forward their requests along with a description of the plans to the Director, James Ferry.


Municipalities are required to submit any proposed Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development ordinances or revisions of either to the Planning Department for our review and comment prior to adopting them as their local law. Submissions should be made to the Director, James Ferry by mail, along with a payment to Luzerne County for $80.