Planning and Development

Starting on May 1, all businesses in the construction industry in PA are permitted to resume non-emergency work and to maintain in-person operations pursuant to the Governor’s and Secretary of Health’s April 20 amendments to the Business Closure Orders. As such, the Town will resume issuing building/zoning permits and conducting inspections. During the COVID pandemic, all permit applications and inspection requests must be submitted with this form. An FAQ on construction guidelines during this time is available here. Additionally, the Town plans to resume accepting variance/special exception, subdivision or land development applications to the Planning Commission or Zoning Hearing Board on May 8. State legislation has paused all planning and land development timelines until May 20. Please contact the Planning and Development Department for further information on how to submit electronically and how modified department operations may affect the review process.

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) empowers the Town to plan land development by creating zoning, subdivision, land development, and planned residential development ordinances. The land use department is made up of planning, zoning, and building services. The Town's home rule charter recognizes, in accordance with the MPC, the need for, and mandated the position of, a planning and development administrator. The land use administrator heads planning, zoning, and building services.

The Town manager appoints the planning and development administrator, who also serves as the zoning officer of the Town, with the concurrence of Council. The responsibilities of the planning and development administrator include the following:

  • Administer the zoning and subdivision ordinances and building permits
  • Assist the zoning hearing board, fire marshal, and code enforcement inspector
  • Prepare preliminary budget for the building and zoning office
  • Assist the planning commission, manager, and Council by making recommendations to Council for changes to the zoning map, zoning and subdivision, and land use ordinances; and by making recommendations to the planning commission or manager or Council for specific planning activities, capital improvement programs, environmental issues, and other proposals that would benefit the public

Staff contacts

Name and titlePhone extensionE-mail
RJ Susko, Planning and Development AdministratorExt. 121rsusko@townofmccandless.org
Sandra Bauer, SecretaryExt. 129sbauer@townofmccandless.org