Subdivision + Land Development
The LVPC reviews every subdivision and land development plan for all 62 municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties. The LVPC serves as the regional expert on planning, zoning and development, and through development reviews aims to coordinate land use decisions across municipal boundaries and provide guidance on best practices to encourage an efficient development process that is responsive to regional needs.
All subdivision and land development proposals, from lot line adjustments to land uses of regional significance, are reviewed for consistency with FutureLV: The Regional Plan, as well as other plans such as Livable Landscapes Open Space Plans for Lehigh and Northampton counties, Housing Plan, Walk/Roll LV Active Transportation Plan and municipal and multimunicipal comprehensive plans. The LVPC provides a review letter to municipalities that determines project consistency and often offers advisory guidance to improve upon the submittal.
Land uses of regional significance and other substantial projects are also reviewed by the LVPC’s Comprehensive Planning Committee and by the LVPC Full Commission, both in public meetings.
All subdivision and land development plans reviewed by the LVPC must be submitted with the required application and associated materials, in complete form, in order to be accepted by the Commission. Effective January 1, 2021, a new application has been implemented to improve the efficiency of the review process for all parties involved. All submittals must include the new application.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is required for a plan to be accepted?
Is a fee required for this plan to be reviewed?
What payment methods are accepted for review fees?
Are separate fee submittals required for subdivision and stormwater reviews?
What is the fee for a preliminary plan if a sketch plan was previously reviewed by the LVPC?
Will the LVPC review a sketch plan?
How do I submit for a building or use conversion?
Do the plans need to be signed and sealed by the designer?
What happens if my submission is incomplete?
How long will the review process take?
How will a review determination be provided?
When is resubmission of land development plans required?
How is the need for stormwater review determined?
When is resubmission of stormwater management plans required?
FINAL PLAN SIGNING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I obtain LVPC signature on my final plans prior to recording?
What is required?
SUBDIVISION + LAND DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES
WITHOUT A MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION
If a community does not have a municipal subdivision and land development ordinance the LVPC, as the county planning commission, reviews the plan against the applicable county ordinance. Subdivision and/or land development proposals in Slatington, Chapman, Glendon and West Easton Boroughs will follow the county ordinance and complete a separate application.
Lehigh County Subdivision Approvals (Slatington)
Northampton County Subdivision Approvals (Chapman, Glendon and West Easton)