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Land Use, Planning, & Zoning Department

Land Use and Planning functions go through multiple reviews. All submissions start with the Lancaster Township Zoning Officer and are reviewed by Gannett Fleming, Lancaster Township’s appointed engineering firm. Depending upon the scope of the project and requirements from the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.  Rest assured, the officials and staff of Lancaster Township are prepared to answer any and all questions regarding the process and will happily guide you through the required steps. Please contact the Lancaster Township Municipal Office with any questions.

PLANNING COMMISSION DOCUMENTS

Ordinances pertaining to land use, planning, and zoning, as well as all other Township legislation can be found here, Lancaster Township ecode360

Lancaster Township is a zoned community and building is governed by the International Residential Code. Lancaster Township utilizes a 3rd party inspection agency for all building inspections. Middle Department Inspection Agency seamlessly handles all residential and commercial building inspections. Please contact the Lancaster Township Municipal Office with any questions regarding additions, new construction, detached structures, or swimming pools. Also, please refer to the Applications & Permits section of this website for a breakdown of what permits may be required. The Zoning Map of Lancaster Township can be accessed by clicking here. 

 

Zoning Hearing Board

Contact: Benjamin Kramer, Township Manager
Phone: 724-452-7213, ext. 2

Zoned communities are required to form a Zoning Hearing Board, mandated by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. They serve a unique and distinct role, one of which is to provide a legal mechanism for considering appeals from property owners seeking variances, or relief, from zoning requirements, as well as having a component for property owners or their proxies to challenge the validity of land use rules, regulations, and municipal legislation, i.e., the Zoning Ordinance. Anyone exploring the possibility of a variance request is highly encouraged to contact the Township beforehand to further explore the process and ensure all information is accurate. 

The Zoning Hearing Board is made up of five members serving five year terms and are appointed by the Board of Supervisors upon any vacancy.  The Zoning Hearing Board only meets on an as needed basis and will be published on the Township calendar via Savvy Citizen as well as published pursuant to public notice regulations set forth by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania via legal advertisements in the Butler Eagle, a newspaper of general circulation within Lancaster Township, Butler County. 

Zoning Hearing Board Members 
*Terms expire December 31

Ron Aiken – Term expiring 2024
Randy Anno – Term expiring 2023
Tom Davis – Term expiring 2021
Greg Kessler – Term expiring 2022
George Metropolous – Term expiring 2020