Welcome to the County of Berks
Welcome to the Office of County Planning
  • Berks County COVID-19 Help Center - email at COVID@countyofberks.com or call 610-320-6150. Staff will be answering phones and responding to emails seven days a week between the hours of 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Multilingual services are available. If a person has a Social Service question or need they should call 211. If a person is experiencing a medical emergency, they should call 911.
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 will suspend operations beginning Wednesday, March 18th through Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The anticipated return to normal business date is Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
If you need immediate assistance, please contact Executive Director David Hunter at dhunter@countyofberks.com. For specific zoning or subdivision questions, please contact Assistant Director Ashley Showers at ashowers@countyofberks.com.
David N. Hunter, Sr., AICP, Executive Director
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.
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PennDOT would like your input on their Draft 2020 Public Participation Plan! The Plan reviews the public participation methods used when developing the Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan, the Twelve Year Program, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, and the Public Participation Plan. The Draft Plan is available for public comment from Monday, January 27, 2020 through Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Draft Plan can be reviewed and comments can be submitted online (click the heading above). Paper copies of the Draft Plan and comment forms are also available in our office.
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Looking for an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the planning field? The Berks County Planning Commission is currently seeking to fill two work study positions for the summer of 2020. This work study program is designed for a planning/GIS related student. The positions are open until filled. Review of applicants will begin Tuesday, February 18, 2020. To learn more about the program, click on the heading above.
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The Board of County Commissioners adopted the Berks County Comprehensive Plan 2030 Update on January 23, 2020.
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BARTA approved route and schedule changes will go into effect on January 6, 2020. Click the heading above to view the BARTA route and schedule changes announcement.
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Berks County Source Water Protection Program
Protecting our drinking water supplies through cooperative efforts.
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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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Farmers' Markets Presentation: Presented during the August 9, 2017 Planning Commission meeting. Click to view--Supermarket/Grocery Store map (pdf), Farmers Markets (pdf), SNAP Approved Retailers (pdf), Accessibility for Low Income Areas (pdf), Google Map of Farmers' Markets, and the Presentation (pdf).
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Roundabouts are here and more are coming. Are you prepared?
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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Your #1 resource to stay updated on bridge improvement projects to support Greater Reading.
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Contact Information

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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