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Die Mission der Dauphin County Planning Commission ist es, die kluge und geordnete Nutzung von Land und Ressourcen zu leiten, zu koordinieren und zu fördern, um das Wachstum der lokalen Wirtschaft zu erleichtern, die Lebensqualität zu verbessern und die natürliche Umwelt zu bewahren, indem sie die Bedürfnisse von der gegenwärtigen Bevölkerung des Landkreises, ohne die Bedürfnisse künftiger Generationen zu gefährden.


Die Dauphin County Planning Commission hat die Aufgabe, die Verpflichtungen gemäß dem Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) zu erfüllen.


  • Focus future economic growth across Dauphin County near existing development areas, including downtowns and office/commercial/industrial centers;

  • The downtowns of smaller boroughs and townships should be maintained and promoted as local economic centers and/or reinvented to meet current business opportunities;

  • Maintain Harrisburg as the region’s cultural center to boost economic development;

  • Strengthen and enhance the relationships between businesses and local municipalities;

  • Prioritize general economic development efforts for: 1) retaining businesses; 2) expanding businesses; 3) starting new businesses; 4) redeveloping sites; and 5) attracting businesses.


  • Develop a countywide economic development plan, including a definition and an updated inventory of facilities of regional impact and significance (i.e. large shopping centers, major industrial parks, office parks, warehousing, large residential developments, regional entertainment/recreational complexes, hospitals, brownfields and airports) and a coordinated approach for future development, in cooperation with HRC/CREDC, DC Economic Development, the Hershey Harrisburg Visitors Bureau (HHVB) and educational institutions as part of a regional strategy for growth and development. The plan should seek to grow the target industry clusters, leverage intellectual capital, grow business incubation and build the workforce of the future;

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Brownfield Redevelopment Areas
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  • Evaluate existing zoning and subdivision regulations for their effect on incentivizing or discouraging home-based businesses, infill, adaptive reuse, brownfields, and redevelopment;

  • Promote the use of zoning and related tools to encourage developers of new buildings and infill projects to reflect the local character, scale, proportion, spacing, setbacks and materials;

  • Promote the use of Enterprise Corridors,  Keystone Opportunity Zones, and other similar programs where appropriate;

  • Focus education/training efforts on the underemployed in cooperation with the Library System, school districts, and institutions of higher education;

  • As the items listed herein are put into action, the Implementation Partners should seek to continue their efforts  toward the accomplishment of the plan’s goals through the identification and implementation of additional efforts deemed appropriate by the their committee and the County Commissioners. Any such actions should be publicly identified in the “Tracking Our Progress” section of the Comprehensive Plan Website.

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