Planning & Zoning

Bethlehem Planning Bureau

Phone: (610) 865-7088
Director: Darlene Heller, AICP
Assistant Director: Tracy Samuelson

Download Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [PDF]

The use of land in the City of Bethlehem is regulated. Though much of the city is urbanized, vacant land or buildings to be removed, replaced, or substantially altered for a new use are required to be reviewed by the Bethlehem Planning Bureau and the Planning Commission, which administer the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Changes to the Zoning Ordinance and comprehensive planning are also administered by the Planning Bureau and Commission.

The Planning Commission holds a public meeting each month on the second Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in Town Hall. Architectural and engineering plans are required for review and are submitted to the Planning Bureau with a completed application form and the applicable filing fee. Applications can be obtained by contacting the Bureau or downloaded online.

SUBMISSION DOCUMENTS FOR SUBDIVISIONS AND LAND DEVELOPMENTS

MAJOR SUBDIVISIONS, MAJOR AND MINOR LAND DEVELOPMENTS

  • 8 sets of plans
    • Engineering- Full set required
    • Zoning- Full set required
    • Traffic- Record Plan and Traffic Impact Study (If over 50 trips per peak hour), or traffic counts as per 9th Edition of ITE Trip Generation Manual
    • Fire- Utility Plan and any plan with Fire Truck Turning Movements
    • Water- Utility Plan
    • Forester- Record Plan, Existing Features Plan, Landscaping Plan, Landscape Plan Requirements Form
    • City Electrician- Lighting Plan
    • Recycling- Record Plan
  • 2 copies of Site Plan Checklist [PDF]*
  • Statement of Intent
  • Subdivision and Land Development Application Form [PDF]*
  • 2 copies of Landscape Plan Requirements Form [PDF]*
  • Application Fee

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS

  • 1 Set Stormwater Management Plan, narrative and calculations
  • 1 Erosion and Sedimentation Control Report
  • DEP Planning Module, if applicable
  • 1 copy of Traffic Impact Study, or a letter documenting exemption from traffic study requirements
  • LVPC Transmittal Memo
  • GIS/AutoCAD compatible disk in accordance with SALDO Section 1345.06 (Submit at end of Project)
  • Traffic Study escrow fee, if warranted

MINOR SUBDIVISIONS

  • 6 sets of plans
  • 2 copies of Site Plan Checklist
  • Subdivision and Land Development Application Form
  • Application Fee

The fee schedule is as follows (Download):

Subdivisions
Sketch Plan $100
Preliminary Plan $220 + $30 per lot
Final Plan $750 + $100 per lot
Re-Review Plan $500
Minor Subdivisions $300 + $100 per lot
Land Development Site Plans
Residential
Sketch Plan $100
Preliminary Plan $250 + $10 per unit
Final Plan $250 + $250 per lot
Re-Review Plan $250
Non Residential
 
Sketch Plan $100
Preliminary Plan $250 + $40 per acre
Final Plan $750 + $100 per lot
Re-Review Plan $750
Zoning Ordinance (including map) $25
Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance $15
Zoning Map $5
Postage for Mailing $3