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.

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

South-Central PA Broadband Survey
Eight counties in the Southern Alleghenies and Laurel Highlands are conducting a broadband feasibility study to determine the best path to a comprehensive broadband network in our region.  
The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC), on behalf of the eight counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Huntingdon, Somerset, and Westmoreland, is coordinating a Broadband Survey to assess your current broadband service and needs. The results will help the region determine where the need is greatest and help guide us on how to ensure that all citizens and businesses have affordable and adequate access to broadband services. Your participation in this survey is extremely important, as it will help support grant applications that can fund improved broadband. Take the suvery in less than 5 minutes by clicking below:

For Your Home
For Your Business

Please share this information with other members of your community so we can receive as much feedback as possible for the survey in our communities!! For questions or more information, contact:

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
J. R. Barefoot, Treasurer

 Name  Community Area  Term Exprires:
 Pandora Wertz  #1  December 31, 2021
 Charles Swartzwelder  #5  December 31, 2021
 J.R. Barefoot  #8  December 31, 2021
 Kimberley Leydig  #7  December 31, 2019
 Wayne Koontz  #4  December 31, 2019
 Susan Ramirez  #2  December 31, 2019
 Robert Detwiler  #9  December 31, 2020
 Ernest Fuller  #3  December 31, 2020
 Mary Stanley  #6  December 31, 2020

*Community Area Map