Planning

The Lancaster County Planning Department is responsible for all of the planning activities which take place within Lancaster County.   The department is responsible for writing all of the regulations which govern development within its jurisdiction and providing technical support to the County Council and the general public in preparing for the future growth and development of the county.   The Planning Department is responsible for assisting the Planning Commission with guidelines to support community conservation efforts, preserve natural resources, and encourage smart growth and development. 

Planning Staff also provides administrative support and presents reports on applications to the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals (see subject matter jurisdiction below).  

PLANNING COMMISSION hears applications for:  Rezonings, Preliminary Plats, Development Agreements, Mixed -Use Master Plans, Conditional Use Permits, New Road Names/ Road Name Changes, and Text Amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance.
For more information about the Planning Commission visit their webpage here. Current  planning cases being heard are listed below, at the bottom of this page.

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS hears  applications for:  Variances, Special Exceptions, and Appeals from Decisions of Planning and Zoning Staff.  For more information about the Board of Zoning Appeals, and a list of recent and current cases, visit their webpage here

Agendas and Minutes for Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and County Council can be found at
the Agendas & Minutes webpage.

Please call to schedule an appointment for in-person or online conferences.  Office Hours for general development concerns and for pre-submittal conferences are:
Tuesdays   9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Thursdays 2:00 PM -  4:00 PM  



Planning Deadlines

Type Deadline to Submit Public Notice
Rezoning 45 Days prior to Planning Commission 15 Days
Conditional Use Application 45 Days prior to Planning Commission 15 Days
Text Amendment 45 Days prior to Planning Commission 15 Days
Major Subdivision 45 Days prior to Planning Commission 15 Days
Road Name Change 45 Days prior to Planning Commission 15 Days

Disclaimer:
The Planning Department reserves the right to limit the number of total cases heard by the Planning Commission in a given month, which may defer a submitted application to a later month than what is represented in the table above.





Comprehensive Land Use Plan

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Click below to view the
Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan
Click below to view the
Southern Panhandle Small Area Plan



CURRENT PLANNING CASES

    PLANNING COMMISSION
     
   PROJECT #    TYPE    MEETING   DATE  P. C. Vote  Council   Decision
           
 CP-2023-1464 Greybridge     MacMillan FLU Map Amendment  Planning Commission  
 Council Hearing  
 Council 2nd Reading 
 Council 3rd Reading 
 12/19/2023
 01/08/2024
 1/22/2024
 2/12/2024
   
 SD-2022-2205 The Sands   Kershaw Preliminary Plat  Planning Commission  12/19/2023  N/A  
 SD-2023-0325 Jasmine Hills Preliminary Plat  Planning Commission  12/19/2023  N/A  
 SD-2023-0765 Cane Mill Preliminary Plat  Planning Commission  12/19/2023  N/A  
 SD-2023-1409 Pinnacle (Edgewater) Preliminary Plat  Planning Commission  12/19/2023  N/A  
  UDO-TA-2023-1819     Lineberger   Text Amendment  Planning Commission
 Council Hearing
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 11/21/2023
 12/11/2023
 1/08/2024
 1/22/2024
 Recommend       Denial  
  RZ-2023-1814 Flat     Creek/Coulston  Rezoning RN to MDR  Planning Commission
 Council Hearing
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 11/21/2023
 12/11/2023
 1/08/2024
 1/22/2024
 Recommend   Denial  WITHDRAWN
  SD-2023-0161 Edgewater   Phase 11  Preliminary   Plat (resubmission)  Planning Commission   11/21/2023    DENIED   N/A
 NRN-2023-1723 Civil   Submittals: new roads  New Road Names  Planning Commission  11/21/2023  APPROVED   N/A
 NRN-2023-1908 Ohana Drive  New Road   Name Planning Commission  11/21/2023   APPROVED   N/A
 UDO-TA-2023 Harris Auctions: Sec 5.5 & 10.3  UDO Text Amendment  Planning Commission
 Council Hearing
 Council 2nd Reading 
 10/17/2023 
 11/13/2023
 11/27/2023 
 Recommend   Denial  WITHDRAWN
 CP-2023-1197 Strunk
 Companion to RZ-2023-1197   see below.
 FLU Map   Amendment  Planning Commission
 Council Hearing
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 10/17/2023 
 11/13/2023
 11/27/2023
 12/11/2023
 Recommend   Approval  
NRN-2023-1542 Jade Terrace  New Road   Name  Planning Commission 10/17/2023   APPROVED  N/A
SD-2020-2173 Edgewater: The Pinery f/k/a Bridlewood  Vested Rights   Extension  Planning Commission 10/17/2023   APPROVED  N/A
SD-2022-1205: Riverchase Section 3  Preliminary   Plat   Planning Commission



 10/17/2023 
 Previously Submitted 5/16/2023
 APPROVED  N/A
 SD-2022-2205 The Sands,   Kershaw  Preliminary   Plat  Planning Commission   9/19/2023  DENIED  N/A
 RZ-2023-1464 Greybridge  Rezoning  Planning Commission
 Council Hearing
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
  9/19/2023
 10/9/2023
 10/23/2023
 On Hold
 Recommend   Denial  
RNC-2023-1404 Solar Road to Hillside High Road Road Name Change  Planning Commission  9/19/2023  APPROVED   N/A
 RZ-2023-1197 Strunk LI to AR  Rezoning  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 8/15/2023
 9/11/2023
 On Hold
 Recommend   Approval  
 UDO-TA-2023-1371 Ch 5 Campgrounds/Cabins  Text   Amendment  Planning Commission
 County Council
 
 8/15/2023
 WITHDRAWN
 Recommend   Denial  
 UDO-TA-2023-1163 Ch 2 & 10:  Auctions  Text   Amendment  Planning Commission
 County Council
 
 
 8/15/2023
 9/11/2023
 
 
 Recommend   Approval  DENIED
 RZ-2023-0831 Grace-Lynwood  Methodist Church  Rezoning  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 7/18/2023
 8/14/2023
 8/28/2023
 9/11/2023
 Recommend   Approval  APPROVED
 RZ-2023-0739 Barchu  Rezoning  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 7/18/2023
 8/14/2023
 8/28/2023
 9/11/2023
 Recommend   Approval    APPROVED
 CU-2023-0695  Tommy's Car   Wash
    
 Conditional   Use  Planning Commission
 County Council
 6/20/2023
 7/18/2023
 7/17/2023
 
8/14/2023
 Recommend   Approval   APPROVED
 UDO-TA-2023-0975 Ch 6
County Street Classification
 Text   Amendment  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 7/18/2023
 8/14/2023
 On hold
 Recommend   Approval  
 UDO-TA-2023-0973 
 Ch. 4- CSOD Standards
 Text   Amendment  Planning Commission
 Planning Commission (Revised)
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 7/18/2023
  8/15/2023
  On Hold
 Recommend   Approval  
 UDO-TA-2023-0972
 Ch. 2 MDR Standards
 Text  Amendment  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading

 7/18/2023
 8/14/2023
 On Hold

 Recommend   Approval  
 SD-2019-001 
  Patterson Preserve
 Extension of   Vested Rights   Planning Commission   6/20/2023  Denied  N/A
 SD-2023-0161 Edgewater Phase 11  Preliminary
 Plat
 Planning Commission  6/20/2023  Conditional   Approval   N/A
 RZ-2023-0629 Johnson  Rezoning  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 6/20/2023
 7/17/2023
 8/14/2023
 8/28/2023
 Recommend   Approval  APPROVED
 RZ-2023-0596 Ellis   Rezoning  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 6/20/2023
 7/17/2023
 8/14/2023
 8/28/2023
 Recommend   Approval  APPROVED
 UDO-TA-2022-0344 Costco  Text Amendment  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 5/16/2023
 6/12/2023
 6/26/2023
 7/17/2023
 Recommend   Approval    APPROVED
 RZ-2022-0344 Costco  LI to RB  Rezoning  Planning Commission
 County Council
 Council 2nd Reading
 Council 3rd Reading
 5/16/2023
 6/12/2023
 6/26/2023
 7/17/2023
 Recommend   Approval    APPROVED