Easton

Planning and Codes

Overview

The Department of Planning and Codes works to coordinate the development of plans and ordinances to shape the future of our city.  Together, the staff oversees development from the planning and review stage, all the way through to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.

What We Do

  • Prepare, amend and implement the City's Comprehensive Plan
  • Make recommendations to the Easton Planning Commission and City Council concerning the adoption or amendment of the official map
  • Prepare and amend the City's Zoning Ordinance as well as its Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.
  • Make recommendations to governmental, civic and private agencies and individuals as to the effectiveness of land proposals.
  • Hold public hearings and meetings, and present testimony before any board on relevant planning and land issues.

How We Do It

Significant coordination allows the Department to accomplish much of the work outlined by state planning law. Specifically, the Department works hand-in-hand with the other programs in the Department of Codes Enforcement, on zoning, property maintenance, health and Historic District Commission issues.

The Department works closely with neighborhood groups and other city departments including: Public Works, Police, Fire and Economic and Community Development.  The Department represents Easton on the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Lehigh Valley Transportation Study. Staff also participates in a number of professional and allied professional bodies on behalf of the City including Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation's LVLRI Board, Renew Lehigh Valley, Urban Land Institute, Lehigh Valley Satellite of the Pennsylvania Planning Association and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Admin Office Codes (610) 250-6724
Stephen Nowroski Director of Planning (610) 250-6723
Carl Manges Chief Planner / Zoning Administrator (610) 250-6609
Sharbel Koorie Chief Code Administrator (610) 250-6746
Joe Gill Health Administrator (610) 250-6729
Julie Klabunde Junior Foreman (610) 250-6608