The offices of the Community Development Department are located in the Municipal Center.
The regulation of land development and building construction is an important function of a municipal government. Lower Paxton Township possesses a Community Development Department responsible for building construction activities, land use and zoning regulations, and subdivision and land development activities.
The Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with the Planning Commission, has adopted and maintains a Comprehensive Plan. This plan and its amendments have been prepared in accordance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
Lower Paxton Township's Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide to the future growth of our community. The most recent edition of this plan was adopted in August 2018. The Comprehensive Plan serves as the framework upon which future updates to zoning, subdivision, land development, and similar regulations and policies are based.
The use of land within the Township must comply with a Zoning Ordinance, which specifically identifies uses of land and the districts within which these uses are permitted. Zoning districts are geographically plotted, based upon municipal needs, on the official map of the Township. The Zoning Ordinance also contains provisions for variance of its specific terms and conditions, by a Zoning Hearing Board, based upon a hardship running with the land that has not been created by the property owner.
The development of land within the Township is regulated by Subdivision and Land Development Regulations (SALDO). These regulations contain design standards for public and private improvements to serve new development. The Planning Commission assists the Board of Supervisors in the review of subdivision and land development plans.