Dauphin County
Planning Commission

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Please be advised the Dauphin County and Perry County Planning Commissions updated their requirements for all subdivision and land development applications for review and for approval to maintain compliance with our long-term document retention policy.

Effective January 1, 2019, a digital file of the plan set is required as an official component of the plan application.

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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 John Kerschner, AICP (2019)

  • Vice-Chairman Chris Abruzzo (2020)

  • Secretary Josh First (2022)

  • Treasurer Mary Gaiski (2020)

  • Gary Lenker (2019)

  • Keith Oellig (2020)

  • Robert Spandler (2022)

  • William Specht III (2019)

  • Dan Tunnell (2022)

  • 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.



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.

Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance

Effective June 2011

Choose section (PDF format) from the following menu:


2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report


Many grant programs or other funding programs require applicants to submit a letter from their local planning agency with their application. The letter confirms that the project in the application is consistent with county plans or other local plans. TCRPC can provide these letters.

To request a consistency letter, complete our online form here. If you have any questions, please call us at 717-234-2639.

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Premier Project Awards

This annual awards program acknowledges and encourages planning excellence in Dauphin County, recognizing projects that meet the community, environmental and economic goals of the county’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan.

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

Awardees and their teams are honored during an annual luncheon.

For more information, visit our Premier Project Awards page.


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