Lehigh Valley Planning Commission


Ordinances & Comprehensive Plans

LVPC staff provides technical assistance to municipalities on a variety of planning issues from the preparation of local comprehensive plans to drafting zoning, subdivision and land development ordinances. Our model ordinances with ready-made technical provisions address a variety of subjects from steep slopes and floodplains to mixing land uses and traditional neighborhood development.


Hometown Planning Staff

Several municipalities in the Lehigh Valley do not have their own subdivision and land development ordinance. Our professionally trained and experienced planning and engineering team serves as staff for these municipalities, managing the functions of the land use and development process in accordance with state and county laws.


Technical Assistance

The subdivision, land development and zoning process is an LVPC specialty. How a development affects a community is important and LVPC staff are ready to assist regional and local partners with their planning activities.

Local Government Academy & Technical Assistance Program Annually, the LVPC offers courses in planning, zoning, transportation and various other subjects that are of interest to the region. Whether the municipal public works department is interested in reducing costs through asphalt maintenance or new zoning hearing board members wish to understand their role in the development process, LVPC is likely to offer a relevant course.


Research & Publication

Research and publication are at the heart of the LVPC’s mission. LVPC publishes an annual regional profile and trends report that outlines the state of the Lehigh Valley and is utilized by the business, economic development, housing, social services, and academic communities as much as by local government. This service is an example of the type of quality research analysis developed at LVPC.


Subdivision & Land Development Review

The LVPC reviews and comments on all subdivision and land development activity within the region per the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. This significant service to the Lehigh Valley assists municipalities and Lehigh and Northampton County officials with land use decision-making. In addition, LVPC charts subdivision and land development activity against the goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan The Lehigh Valley … 2030.


Land Use Law & Comprehensive Plan Review

Routine reviews of proposed municipal comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and subdivision regulations are conducted by the LVPC. Staff provides valuable support, advice and technical assistance with these legal documents.


Multimunicipal Plans

  The ten municipalities comprising the Slate Belt Region will be progressing with the development of a multi-municipal plan in

  2017. This plan establish a common set of goals and implementation priorities on the economy, housing, environment,

  agricultural and cultural conservation, utilities and community facilities, as these assets are the Slate Belt’s foundation.


Synchronizing development and preservation goals and establishing global priorities will bring local values to the forefront and set the stage for welcoming creative new industries while maintaining authenticity and sense of place.  Most importantly, the resulting plan will set a precedent for similar regions across the country. Stay tuned!


Slate Belt Municipal Plan Launch, May 12, 2017

   The footprints of the Slate Belt industry - one of the largest contributors to Pennsylvania’s 19th century economy – dot the

   landscape of one of the most diverse economic, cultural and natural landscapes within the Lehigh Valley.  These ‘Slatelands’

   were the subject of a thrilling collection of work undertaken by students of the PennDesign School of Landscape Architecture

   during the fall semesters of 2015 and 2016 and focus on re-visioning overlooked and undervalued assets.


   The design proposals envision a regional resurrection through the coordination of strategies ranging from economically-

   driven development within small town cores to subtle, environmentally-driven tactics in the peripheral wetlands and fens.

   Although the radical re-interpretations of the Slate Belt’s landscapes may allude to fantasy, they are in fact the seeds of very

   real possibilities for a not-too-distant future. The thoughtful and bold ideas captured in the PennDesign work establishes a

   framework for the Slate Belt’s future and underpins the planning and implementation occurring in the months and years to



The work was presented in a pop-up exhibit on May 12, 2017 at Tolino Vineyard, attracting a lively crowd and generating positive discussion about opportunities for engagement in the future of the Slate Belt. Check out the photos from the event below!


  The complete set of PennDesign projects is now available for view in the Slatelands Exhibition Book.







Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

Fax: (610) 264-2616