County Comprehensive Plan
The County Comprehensive Plan is a framework that guides the growth and development of the County, as well as the protection of its important natural resources. The Comprehensive Plan is made up of nine planning components, plus accompanying resource reports. Together, the Plan creates a vision for the future of York County and lays out goals and policies to achieve it.
- Agricultural Land Protection Plan (PDF) - This plan analyzes designated rural areas in townships with regard to existing and proposed development, large farm parcels, soil quality, lands adjacent to preserved farms, and use of agricultural protection tools.
- Economic Development Plan (PDF) - This plan determines types of growth and target industries suitable for the County based on five planning regions, and identifies strategies to pursue such growth and industries. The Plan combines strategies for comprehensive economic development and growth management.
- Growth Management Plan (PDF) - This plan presents a vision for York County's future where balance is achieved between promoting economic growth and prosperity; protecting and preserving important historic, cultural, and natural resources; and maintaining the quality of life that residents cherish. The plan addresses York County's growth into the future through growth and rural areas concepts, the Growth Management Map, and growth management tools.
- Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF) - This plan emphasizes the coordination of state and local planning for hazard mitigation and emergency response through the identification of local hazards and mitigation actions. Having an up-to-date Hazard Mitigation Plan is also a condition of receiving various types of pre- and post-disaster assistance for mitigation efforts.
- Heritage Preservation Plan (PDF) - This plan sets goals for heritage preservation in the County, provides an account of the historical development of York County, assesses existing preservation planning efforts and data sources, creates an evaluation process to aid in decision-making with regard to heritage resources, offers a variety of tools and resources for those interested in preservation, and sets out strategies and action items to help attain the goals of the Plan.
- Housing and Community Development Plan (PDF) - This plan incorporates the requirements of both the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The plan establishes a shared, holistic vision of the state of housing and community development in York County and develops priorities to meet the housing/community development needs and goals of the County.
- Integrated Water Resources Plan (PDF) - This plan is a long-range integrated water resource planning document used by the entities who share watershed boundaries within and around York County. The plan ties together water resource issues, provides a usable and understandable process that incorporates existing laws, data, reports, plans, and organizations, and presents information and analysis concerning the future of York County water resources.
- Long Range Transportation Plan (PDF) - This plan develops a coordinated effort to implement transportation improvements to achieve York County’s future goals. These goals are supported by the public consensus of York County’s physical, social, economic, and institutional environments.
- Open Space and Greenway Plan (PDF) - This plan provides a “greenprint” for developing York County’s portion of a statewide network of greenways to be enjoyed by current and future generations while protecting open spaces and natural resources.
- Environmental Resources Inventory (ERI) (PDF): Environmental features form the basis for most land use planning decisions. To build on existing land use patterns in a way that is sensitive to environmental resources, a thorough understanding of basic natural features is needed. The ERI looks at the location, character, and quality of environmental resources within York County. The ERI is also a source of information for Environmental Advisory Councils, schools, Envirothon participants, or those just interested in the natural environment of York County.
- Growth Trends (PDF): This report provides information and statistics on existing conditions and past and projected growth trends in York County. The report contains general information on the County’s natural features, history, and government and also presents trend data on population, housing, income, and other interesting subjects.
- Natural Areas Inventory (NAI) (PDF): This Inventory is compiled by the Pennsylvania Science Office (PSO) of The Nature Conservancy. It contains information on the locations of rare, threatened, and endangered species and of the highest quality natural areas in the County. It is not an inventory of all open space.
- Community Facilities Report (PDF): Growth and development lead to a need for community facilities. Some facilities, like police, fire, and ambulance, are directly related to the protection of public health, safety, and welfare. Others, such as education, recreation, and library facilities, are related to the overall quality of life. Whatever the case, the availability of adequate community facilities is an important indicator of an area’s desirability as a place to live.