Welcome to the County of Berks
Welcome to the Office of County Planning
FOR INFORMATION ON THE EMERGING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SITUATION, CLICK ON THIS LINK www.berksdes.com
 
In response to Governor Wolf’s recommendation that non-essential personnel shelter in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berks County Planning Commission has minimal operational functions.
 
If you need immediate assistance, please contact Executive Director David Hunter at dhunter@countyofberks.com. For specific zoning, UCC, and subdivision questions, please contact Assistant Director Ashley Showers at ashowers@countyofberks.com.
 
  • The Berks County COVID-19 Help Center closed end of day, Friday, June 5, 2020.  If you have COVID-19 questions you may still email them to COVID@countyofberks.com.
     
David N. Hunter, Sr., AICP, Executive Director
 
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Notice is hereby given that the Reading Area Transportation Study (RATS) Technical Committee meeting will be conducted on July 9, 2020 at 1:30 PM as a virtual meeting using Microsoft Teams.  Details on how to participate in this meeting either online or via phone as well as links to the meeting agenda, materials to be discussed and how to provide comments either before or during the meeting can be found by clicking here​​.Decorative LineBerks County Planning Commission July 8, 2020 Monthly Meeting Cancelled
 
The Berks County Planning Commission monthly meeting, schedule for 3:00 PM on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, has been cancelled.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC REVIEW OPPORTUNITY
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The Reading Area Transportation Study Coordinating Committee announces the availability for review and comment the following documents:  Draft FFY 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program, Draft Air Quality Conformity Analysis and the Draft Environmental Justice Summary for Berks County.  These are planning documents that list various roadway, public transit, and off-road transportation projects and planning efforts in Berks County proposed over the next 4 years.  Comments will be accepted beginning Monday, June 1, 2020 through the close of business on Monday, July 6, 2020.
 
PUBLIC NOTICE          AVISO PÚBLICO
 
NOTICE OF VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING - RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE!
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Public Meeting to review the Draft FFY 2021- 2024 Transportation Improvement Program, Air Quality Conformity Analysis and Environmental Justice Summary was held virtually.  This meeting was conducted on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 beginning at 4:00 p.m. using Microsoft Teams Live.  This meeting was recorded; a link to the recording can be found here.  Comments may be submitted at any time through the close of the Public Comment Period on Monday, July 6, 2020.

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Until further notice, the Berks County Planning Commission will start accepting subdivision plans for endorsement by appointment only beginning on April 15th.  There will be only 3 appointments​ per day.  You can make an appointment with Ashley Showers at ashowers@countyofberks.com.
 
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
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Protecting our drinking water supplies through cooperative efforts.
 
 
The Mount Penn Master Plan Now Available! Visit this website to view the Master Plan and to learn more about the Mount Penn Preserve events, meetings, and initiatives.
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The roundabout at U.S. 222 and PA 662 in Richmond Township has been a major success in reducing congestion and improving safety. Following up on that success, two roundabouts on either side of the Village of Oley at the intersections of PA 73 and PA 662 are scheduled to be completed by October 2020. The roundabout at the eastern intersection of PA 73 and PA 662 is currently open. Roundabouts are also under construction in Maidencreek Township at the intersections of U.S. 222 and Tamarack/Genesis Drive and U.S. 222 and Schaeffer Road. These are estimated to be completed by November 2022. Bids are now scheduled to be opened in February 2020 on another project to place a roundabout at U.S. 222 and PA 863/Schantz Road in Lehigh County just across the Berks County line.
 
Multi-Lane Roundabouts, General Information and Driving Tips for Motorists Roundabouts, General Information for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Click here for additional information on roundabouts.
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Mission
The Berks County Planning Commission serves as the area-wide planning organization for Berks County. The Commission provides a regional blueprint for land use, transportation and community facilities. It assists local units of government with development and preservation activities and provides guidance to the Berks County Board of Commissioners and other departments of county government. The Commission and its professional staff also serve as community advisors for modern planning practices and advocates for sound regional growth management. Finally, since the Commission is involved with a range of activities with a number of partners, it plays a very important coordinating role in community development issues and projects.

Contact Information

Address:
Berks County Planning Commission
Berks County Services Center 14th Floor
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
 
Phone: 610-478-6300
Fax: 610-478-6316
 
Hours:  Monday thru Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 

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