The County Planning Department is responsible for a wide array of County functions including subdivision, land development, and sewage module reviews, mapping, County planning efforts, transportation, agricultural conservation easements and administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.   The County Planning Department meets with the Planning Commission during monthly public meetings to discuss current activities in the above-mentioned categories.

Survey of Bedford County's 2020 Seniors
Online survey conducted in May 2020 by Unified Family Services Systems on behalf of Bedford County's Young Adult Committee, an initiative that seeks to retain and recruit young adults to build their careers and families in Bedford County, PA.
Survey was conducted in cooperation with all Bedford County School Districts and charter schhol.  Respondents represent mor than half of the entire 2020 senior class.
For more information contact Lyn Skillington, Unified Family Services Systems,
Survey Results

Center Could Bring New Life to the Southern Alleghenies Region
A new option for women's health and birth is in the works for the Southern Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania.  The center is identified as a priority item in the adopted, 6-County Regional County Comprehensive Plan of 2018 ("Alleghenies Ahead"). The next step is the launch of an online survey, which is available for the public today.  This survey is an opportunity for all women within the Southern Alleghenies region to share information about their expectations surrounding a free-standing women's health and birth center. We are asking women 18 years and older, including those beyond menopause, to respond to this very important survey.  Brooke Long-Yarrison, the research consultant on the executive committee, would like to remind everyone that "This center cannot move forward without your feedback, and we sincerely appreciate your willingness to complete the survey.  This survey will only take roughly 5 minutes of your time. Please be assured that your information will be kept completely confidential and will only be used in the aggregate, menaing individual responses will never be reported alone and never personally linked to individuals."

The suvery is available online through the following Facebook page and directly through the link below:
For more information contact Sherri Peeler at

Planning Commission Staff

Don Schwartz, Director

Rick Suder, Senior Planner
Terry Stacey, CDBG Administrator
Rachel Papuga, GIS/Planning Specialist
Sabrina Appel-McMillen, GIS Specialist/Mapper

Phone: (814) 623-4827

Fax: (814) 623-6455

Get to Know Your Planning Commission:
2019 Officers
Wayne Koontz, Chair
Susan Ramirez, Vice-Chair
Pandora Wertz, Secretary
VACANT, Treasurer

 Name  Community Area  Term Exprires:
 Pandora Wertz  #1  December 31, 2021
 VACANT  #5  December 31, 2021
 VACANT  #8  December 31, 2021
 Kimberley Leydig  #7  December 31, 2019
 Wayne Koontz  #4  December 31, 2019
 Susan Ramirez  #2  December 31, 2019
 VACANT  #9  December 31, 2020
 Ernest Fuller  #3  December 31, 2020
 VACANT  #6  December 31, 2020

*Community Area Map