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
 
As of November 9, 2020, County offices still remain closed to the public.  If you have business with the Planning Commission, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at 610-478-6300.
 
David N. Hunter, Sr., AICP, Executive Director

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Every four years the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) conduct a review of the metropolitan planning process and jointly issue a certification on behalf of the US Secretary of Transportation.  This review is currently underway for the Reading Area Transportation Study, the designated MPO covering Berks County.  The MPO is responsible for developing the Long Range Transportation Plan (20+ years) and a short-range (4 years) Transportation Improvement Program that addresses the region's transportation system (including highways, bridges, the transit system, and bicycle and pedestrian needs) and related documents and activities.  As a part of this local review, a public presentation was conducted at the Reading Area Transportation Study meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020.  If you participated, we appreciate your feedback.  We continue to invite the public to participate and offer comments through November 30, 2020.  For further details and information on how to provide input, please click the following links:  (English)   (Spanish​)
UPDATE:  YouTube Link to the 11/19/2020 Public Meeting:  https://youtu.be/hMCuMqiJTX8
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PennDOT faces an $8.1 billion gap in its annual highway and bridge funding program.  As part of its ongoing work to explore sustainable transportation options, PennDOT is requesting public feedback for the PennDOT Pathways Program.  Feedback will be accepted through December 17, 2020.  For more information, please click here.
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Check out the video to view the rehabilitation of the historic Dreibelbis Station Covered Bridge spanning the Maiden Creek between Greenwich and Windsor Townships.
Decorative LineNOTIFICATION! Berks County Subdivision/Land Development Endorsement Process (Current as of October 13, 2020)
 
 
Until further notice, the Berks County Planning Commission is accepting subdivision plans for endorsement by appointment only.  There will be only 3 appointments​ per day.  You can make an appointment with Michelle Franklin at mfranklin@countyofberks.com​.
 
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.​
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Due to the pandemic and the continued uncertainty of when normal operations will resume, the LTAP program has moved to a virtual format for the remainder of the year, 2020.  For more information on courses and how to register, please click here​​.

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Four new LTAP Virtual Drop-In sessions for the fall of 2020 have been scheduled.  These are informal one-hour live sessions focused on networking and sharing information with other municipal roadway personnel.  Information and registration are available on the PennDOT LTAP website on their Bulletin Board located at https://gis.penndot.gov/ltap/​.  
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Tales of Safety Amid COVID-19​

 


Check out our video showing us doing our part to Stop the Spread!  Click the image or link above to watch the video on YouTube.
Decorative LineBerks County Source Water Protection Program
 
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.
Decorative LineFarmers' 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).
Decorative LineRoundabouts 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 were recently completed. 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. Details are being finalized for a roundabout at US 222 and Long Lane in Maxatawny Township. PennDOT has also initiated construction 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. That project should be completed by 2024 or sooner. ​ 

 
Multi-Lane Roundabouts, General Information and Driving Tips for Motorists Roundabouts, General Information for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Click here for additional information on roundabouts.
Your #1 resource to stay updated on bridge improvement projects to support Greater Reading.
 
 
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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