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Bureau of Planning and Zoning

The Bureau of Planning and Zoning is part of the Department of Community and Economic Development.  It provides guidance and effective management for the growth, preservation, and redevelopment of the City of Allentown, in order to maintain a sustainable 21st Century community.


Allentown Metal Works Clean-Up

Allentown Metal Works is an abandoned brownfield site located at 606 S. 10th Street. The site has an industrial history dating back to the late 1890s. The plan for the future of the property depends on removing all of the hazardous materials from the site so that redevelopment can occur.

Cleanup plans for the site were completed in 2013 and 2014. Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) received EPA Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) from the City to begin the cleanup in 2014. The cleanup resulted in the successful removal of the most dangerous hazardous materials on the grounds of the site.

Now the plan is to remove asbestos and lead based paint from inside the buildings. In late 2015 the City received a supplement to its EPA RLF which it will loan to ACIDA to complete the work. The Cleanup Plan and Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives are available for the public to review and comment.

All comments and questions should be directed to David Kimmerly, Senior Planner, City of Allentown, David.Kimmerly@AllentownPA.gov (610) 437-7613. Comments will be accepted until May 1, 2017.

Upside Allentown: Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods

Upside Allentown is a comprehensive approach to community revitalization to ensure that the city’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ), and its surrounding neighborhoods grow and thrive together. More than 100 individuals representing dozens of groups and, perhaps most importantly, neighborhood residents are working together toward a common goal of a thriving city with abundant opportunity, quality, affordable housing, safe streets, active civic participation and lots of fun. View the Upside Allentown plan, and find out more on this initiative, as well as other current activities in the Planning Bureau. You may also visit the Upside Allentown website and social media sites to learn the latest of what's happening in the volunteer-driven community revitalization effort.

Downtown on the Move

While Allentown is in the midst of a historic wave of reinvestment, stemming from its downtown core, city leaders have commissioned a planning study that offers initiatives on land use, urban design, transportation, and infrastructure. The study provides a set of recommendations to city boards, commissions, and other key stakeholders and leadership for their full consideration, to inspire and guide further implementation actions. View the planning study and it's companion studies on downtown housing, zoning, and parking.

Meetings

Meeting dates and times for HARB, the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and all other Public Meetings, can be found online.

Also available are Meeting Details, Agendas, and Minutes from previous meetings.

Contact Information
Zoning Inquiries
610-437-7630

Land Development Inquiries
610-437-7611

Historic Preservation
610-437-7613

Community Housing Coordination
610-437-7679

General Planning Inquiries
610-437-7613