Planning & Development

The Purpose of the Planning Department

  • To review applications for subdivision of property or altering property lines
  • To review applications for rezoning requests
  • To propose and/or review modifications to the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, Storm Water Management Ordinance and Flood Plain Ordinance
  • To monitor the Township’s Comprehensive Plan
  • To review development plans for a variety of issues including but not limited to:
    • Impervious surface coverage and storm water runoff
    • Wetlands preservation
    • Traffic impact/circulation
    • Availability of utilities
    • Concerns of other governmental agencies, such as:
      • Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
      • PA Department of Transportation
      • Lehigh County Conservation District
      • Department of Environmental Protection
      • Zoning issues
      • Public Improvements
      • Any off-site impact
      • Public comment

Definitions

  • Minor subdivisions Residential development involving five lots or less
  • Major subdivisions Residential development involving more than five lots or any non-residential development
  • Land development Non-residential development
  • Re-subdivisions Alteration of existing lot lines or recorded land development plans
  • New commercial uses A change from one kind of non-residential use to another or residential conversions to commercial use

Elements of the Planning Review Process: 

  • Submission of completed Subdivision Review application and plans drawn within the requirements of Subdivision And Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) and zoning regulations.
  • Review by the Township Staff, Township Engineer, and other governmental reviewing agencies.
  • A submission receipt from the Township that indicates the adequacy or inadequacy of the submission, provides a list of deficiencies seen upon first review, and the date for the Planning Commission meeting at which it will be first reviewed for the public. 
  • Corrections, amendments, clarifications, studies, calculations, etc., and resubmission by the developer.
  • Final review by Planning Commission, Staff and Engineer.
  • Review/Final Review by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Improvements Agreements, insurance and financial security arranged/provided.
  • Recordation of approved plan.
  • Construction conference.
  • Site development, and inspections by the Township Engineer.
  • Completion of construction and inspections. 
  • Administration of Maintenance Agreement for improvements – two years.
  • Final disposition of remaining financial security posted by developer.