Planning Commission

In Pennsylvania, planning commissions are primarily responsible for and charged with exercising a municipality’s legal right to develop a comprehensive plan that outlines its specific community planning objectives that may focus on environmental protection; agricultural, historical and cultural resource preservation; business retention, expansion and recruitment; urban redevelopment; housing opportunities; parks and recreation amenities; transportation and utility infrastructure; or other health, safety and public welfare needs and issues that are critical to the community’s overall wellbeing and prosperity.

A planning commission acts as an advisor to the governing body and its principal role is stipulated in the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) which is the uniform planning and land use enabling law for all commonwealth municipalities. The planning commission’s duties and responsibilities are authorized by the MPC.

In practice, the planning commission’s time is largely devoted to reviewing applications submitted pursuant to the municipality’s zoning and subdivision & land development ordinances and providing recommendations for their approval to the governing body.


The regular meetings of the Lehighton Planning Commission will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building on the second Tuesday of each month on the following dates:

January 12, 2021

February 9 2021

March 9, 2021

April 13, 2021

May 11, 2021

June 8, 2021

July 13, 2021

August 10, 2021

September 14, 2021

October 12, 2021

November 9, 2021

December 14, 2021

 

Members (4 Year Terms)

NameTitleTerm Expires
Manual DaCosta

Chair

2023

Glenn Finsel

Secretary

2022

Donald Hahn

Member

2023

Henry J. Long, Sr.

Member

2024

Chris Schnell

Member

2022

David Krum

Member

2024

Allen Young

Member

2023

Greg Mousseau

Solicitor

Bruce Steigerwalt

Engineer