The Bureau of Planning and Zoning is responsible for a variety of activities as it carries out its mission of providing direction for the future growth and development – and redevelopment of the city.
The objectives of the Bureau of Planning include:
- Promoting orderly future growth and development of the City through long-range comprehensive planning and zoning;
- Promoting & facilitating physical development plans;
- Preserving & enhancing districts of historical and architectural significance;
- Managing development in the 100-Year Floodplain and improving the City’s Community Rating System (CRS) level to provide increased flood insurance discounts to owners of property in the floodplain;
- Collecting, analyzing, and distributing timely information on planning and community development issues;
- Providing technical assistance to businesses, consultants, and property owners on the plan review and permitting processes;
- Advocating for progressive planning policies that improve the City’s economic, social, and physical characteristics; and
- Securing various local, State, and federal grants and funding streams to improve the quality of life in Harrisburg.
Q: What is the zoning for my property?
A: Please review the Zoning Map to identify the zone and the Planning & Zoning Code to identify regulations for that zone.
Q: Is my property in an historic district?
A: Please review the Historic Districts Map to identify whether the property is in a Municipal and/or National Historic District. Please note that the Harrisburg Architectural Review Board only reviews projects on properties in the Municipal Historic Districts.
Q: Is my property in the 100-Year Floodplain?
A: Please review the Floodplain Map. Please be advised that this is the most current data provided by FEMA. ANY improvement that is located in the floodplain (signage, paving, new constructions, additions, etc.) requires submittal of a Floodplain Development Permit application [Note: Application will be available online shortly].