Community Planning and Development

Within the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services serves as a resource for local government officials, developers and citizens interested in planning to improve, grow and enhance communities. It provides valuable tools that will support wise land use decisions and encourage economic development, a healthy environment and strong communities.


Technical Assistance

The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services provides technical assistance on a variety of planning, land use, and development matters to planning commissions, zoning officers, zoning hearing boards, and other local government officials. Contact the Local Government Center hotline at 888.223.6837 or by e-mail at Or, submit a Formal Request for Assistance.

Download the Letter of Intent.

Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) Funding

DCED provides funding to local governments for community planning through the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP). Funding supports multi-municipal, regional and county planning and implementation efforts, including Transit Revitalization Investment District studies. Access the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) guidelines for more information.

State Land Use and Growth Management Reports

The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services is required to prepare a State Land Use and Growth Management Report every five years. These reports include information, data, and conclusions regarding growth and development patterns in Pennsylvania, as well as recommendations for coordination of executive action and programs among Commonwealth agencies.

Pennsylvania State Planning Board

The State Planning Board is an advisory board within the Governor’s Office. It was established by the Administrative Code of 1929 as re-enacted and amended. There are 25 members, including citizens, legislators and state department heads.