Jodi Foster, Director
 Tracy D. Gerber, Community Development Block Grant Coordinator (CDBG)
Richard G. Gavazzi, Housing and Program Specialist
Sharon Burns, Office Manager

Contact Information
Elk County Courthouse Annex
300 Center Street
PO Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853

Phone:  (814) 776-5335
Fax : (814) 776-5379

Mission Statement

The Elk County Planning Commission's primary function is to realize the sound and efficient development within the county.  The Commission serves as an advisory board to the County Commissioners with a scope of interest that includes all matters pertaining to County development which are clearly under the jurisdiction of responsibility of county government

A second and equally important responsibility is in the review and/or input on proposals and programs for development within the municipalities of the County.  The local decisions concerning development, more often than not, have an impact throughout, and even beyond, the County; thus such programs must be reviewed and evaluated to determine their impact on, and compatibility with, County plans and programs.


The Pennsylvania Wilds is a special place. It contains charming communities, vast forests, spectacular landforms, clean rivers, and streams, and an array of other natural resources. It is important for our communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds to enjoy economic growth while still being good stewards of the land and protecting the region's character and charm. The information contained in this Design Guide will assist communities in reaping the benefits of change and growth while protecting their treasured characters. Use of this Design Guide is voluntary; however there are many benefits to applying its principles.

This Design Guide sets forth physical design objectives for building placement, architecture, landscaping, signs, lighting, grading, land use arrangement, natural resource conservation, and other related items. The Guide includes photographs, illustrations, and text descriptions of design elements and land use patterns that are desirable in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

By following the principles in this Guide, Pennsylvania Wilds region will retain and strengthen its core identity, maintain a distinct visual character, influence development to be considerate of the land it occupies, and ensure that its various features positively relate to the region as a whole.

For a complete copy of the Design Guide click below. 

Design Guide

Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan

On September 16, 2010 Elk County received notification from the Department of Environmental Protection that the county’s Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) has been approved.

A model stormwater management ordinance was prepared by Elk County as part of the SMP and was transmitted by Elk County  to the municipalities prior to the county’s adoption of the SMP. Municipalities may adopt the model ordinance or develop their own local ordinance provided it meets the provisions of the SMP. If a municipality chooses to create their own SMP ordinance, it must be approved by DEP prior to adoption.

A copy of Elk County’s SMP Plan is located below. Any resident or business planning construction in the future must follow the SMP ordinance according to the municipality where the construction will occur. Please contact your local municipal office for further information.

The purpose of the Act 167 Plan is to provide comprehensive stormwater management designed to preserve and restore the flood carrying capacity of Commonwealth streams; to preserve natural stormwater regimes and natural course; current and cross-section of waters of the Commonwealth; to protect and conserve groundwater and groundwater recharge areas; and to encourage planning and management of stormwater runoff in each designated watershed which is consistent with sound water and land use practices.

Act 167 Volume 1 - Final

Act 167 Volume 2 - Final

Act 167 Volume 3 - Final

If you have any questions please contact Jodi Foster Mon. through Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by calling
814-776-5304 or by email at


In order to carry out its over-all responsibilities, the Commission's basic areas of activity include the following:

§  Grantsmanship - RUS, HUD, DCED, DEP, DCNR, PHMC, U.S. DA, PA DOT

§  Comprehensive County Plan - Preparation and implementation of a comprehensive plan for the County with recommendations on land use, community facilities, transportation, capital budgeting, housing, economic development, land use, quality of life.

§  Continuing Planning Program - Continuing review of all planning proposals and development controls in relation to changing factors and making appropriate revisions.

§  Zoning and Subdivision - Preparation and administration of land subdivision regulations and participation in zoning plans to assist local communities in developing their individual land use decisions.

§  Local Planning Assistance - Provide County communities with advisory and coordinating services in respect to development and local planning. Provide information and advice on planning in general to all local governments, agencies, groups and individuals and inform the public on the activities of the Commission.

§  Data Center - Development and maintenance of a data center where basic facts will be made available to interested persons, agencies, and municipalities concerning the physical, economic, social, and governmental characteristics of the County including a library of local plans and development controls, and Federal and State community aid programs.

§  Stormwater Management

§  Transportation/Highway/Bridge Administration & Prioritization

§  Economic Development

§  Community Development/Downtown Revitalization Programs

§  Housing Development