Dauphin County Planning Commission

NOTE: For more information on the revised Dauphin County Comprehensive Plan and the public review and comment period, please jump to the comp plan section below.

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The mission of the Dauphin County Planning Commission is to guide, coordinate and promote the wise and orderly use of land and resources in order to facilitate the growth of the local economy, enhance the quality of life and preserve the natural environment by meeting the needs of the County’s present population without compromising the needs of future generations.

The Dauphin County Planning Commission functions to fulfill the obligations under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC).


New photo pending. Commissioners' term expiration in parentheses.
  • Chairman William Specht III (2019)
  • Vice-Chairman John Kerschner, AICP (2019)
  • Secretary Josh First (2018)
  • Treasurer Chris Abruzzo (2020)
  • Mary Gaiski (2020)
  • Gary Lenker (2019)
  • Keith Oellig (2020)
  • Robert Spandler (2018)
  • Dan Tunnell (2018)
  • Commissioner Jeff Haste (Liaison)

Meetings, Minutes & Review Log

Dauphin County Planning Commission Meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (except for holidays) in TCRPC's 2nd floor conference room , 112 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17101.


1/9 - Cancelled
2/6 - Minutes | Combined Jan/Feb Reviews
3/6 - Minutes | Reviews
4/3 - Minutes | Reviews
5/1 -  Minutes | Reviews
6/5 - Minutes | Reviews
7/10 - Minutes | Reviews
8/7 -  Minutes | Approvals | Reviews
9/11 - Minutes | Reviews
10/2 - Minutes | Reviews
11/6 -  Minutes | Reviews
12/4 - Minutes | Reviews


1/4 - Minutes Reviews
2/1 - Minutes | Reviews
3/7 - Minutes Approvals | Reviews
4/4 - Cancelled
5/2 - Minutes Approvals Reviews
6/6 - Minutes | Reviews
7/11 - Minutes | Reviews 
8/1 - Cancelled
9/12 - Minutes | Reviews
10/3 - Minutes | Reviews
11/7 - Minutes | Reviews
12/5 - Minutes | Reviews


On July 12, 2017, the Dauphin County Commissioners adopted a new 10-year comprehensive plan that outlines community, environmental and economic development goals for the county and establishes the steps needed to achieve these goals. (Read the news release)

Called “Growing Together,” the plan is the culmination of an extensive effort over the past year to coordinate with residents, public officials and a variety of organizations to develop a comprehensive, forward-looking plan.

This plan is the first county comprehensive plan in the state to have a dedicated website to invite public input and broaden awareness.

Dauphin County is also the first county to use the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s “Implementable Comprehensive Plan” approach to develop a user-friendly, action-oriented process for accomplishing goals.

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Plan Application & Fees

To submit a subdivision or land development plan for County Planning Commission review or approval, please download and fill out this application:

Plans will not be accepted without the required fees and a completed application, including signatures from the respective municipality.

For fee information associated with the review or approval, select the municipality from the menu below:

If you have questions regarding the fees, call us at 717-234-2639 prior to submitting a plan for review.

Premier Project Awards

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The Premier Project Award seeks to acknowledge professional leadership in creating projects which aid communities as they make planning decisions, promote smart growth and spark revitalization.

Individuals, organizations, municipalities, public authorities and developers, as well as public/private partnerships within Dauphin County may submit applications for projects in which they were principally involved in design, development or implementation.

NOTE: The deadline to submit entries for the 2017 Premier Project Awards will be announced in the near future.


Downtown Hershey Association - Downtown Hershey: A Plan for Continued Revitalization

City of Harrisburg - LED Streetlight Project
Middletown Borough - S. Union St. Infrastructure Improvement Project

Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg - Youth Development Park

Connor Design-Build, LLC & Lucknow, LLC - Lucknow Road Project

Harristown Enterprises Inc. - Strawberry Square Redevelopment

Read the news release here
View all PPA Winners since 2012


Entries must be submitted in one of four categories --

1. Community Capacity:

  • Projects that can assist local communities to make good planning decisions;
  • Implementation of an Elm Street or Main Street Program;
  • Up-to-date plans and ordinances;
  • Regional coordination and cooperation;
  • Education and training programs (creating/delivering, not attending).

2. Infrastructure:

  • Projects that promote the advancement of smart development;
  • Bridges;
  • Stormwater management;
  • Parks and other green infrastructure;
  • Water and wastewater projects;
  • Transportation (inter-modal);
  • Telecommunication (wi-fi, etc.).

3. Revitalization:

  • Projects that use the existing building stock, infrastructure and land to enhance community development;
  • Infill development;
  • Re-use of old structures for new purposes;
  • Preservation and conservation of cultural, historic or natural resources;
  • Streetscapes.

4. Sustainable Growth:

  • Land development projects that promote smart growth;
  • Compact development;
  • Connecting economic development to housing and transportation choices;
  • Traditional * Neighborhood Developments;
  • Mixed use and New Urbanism;
  • Energy-efficiency.

Additional Info:

  • Entries will be separated by size and cost: small projects cost under $499,999 and large projects cost over $500,000;
  • Eligible projects must be completed between 2011 and 2016;
  • Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
         -- Effectiveness;
         -- Ease of replication;
         -- Community involvement & partnerships;
         -- Smart growth;
         -- Comprehensive planning.


Email Jerry Duke or call (717) 234-2639.


A big thank-you to our Community Sponsor for the 2016 Premier Project Awards:

Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance

Effective June 2011

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Jerry Duke, Dauphin County Planning Coordinator, TCRPC, 112 Market St., 2nd Fl., Harrisburg, PA 17101, (717) 234-2639