Cumberland County Planning Department
Project Title: Cumberland County Comprehensive plan survey development and distribution
Timeline: November 2016-September 2017
The purpose of this project is to assist the Cumberland County Planning Department in gathering public feedback on the goals and objectives laid out in the draft comprehensive plan. The Cumberland County Comprehensive Plan is a long range policy document that establishes goals and objectives for the orderly development of the county.
Are you interested in the future of Cumberland County? Are you at least 18 years old?
Your feedback can help shape our comprehensive plan!
The U.S Census Bureau identified Cumberland County as the fastest growing county in Pennsylvania from 2000-2014. During that time period the County added just over 8,000 residents to reach an estimated population of 243,762. By 2040, Cumberland County’s population is expected to swell to over 280,000 residents.
Cumberland County’s growth should come as no surprise. The diversity of Cumberland County’s urban, suburban, and rural landscapes truly offers something for everyone. The County’s strategic location, low unemployment, abundant recreational opportunities, and high quality of life are powerful attractants for residential, commercial and industrial development.
The County’s prosperous growth cannot be taken for granted. The County and its constituent 33 municipal governments must plan for the future. Economic development opportunities should be planned and pursued to provide employment opportunities and increase the tax base. Housing must be provided to accommodate households of all sizes and income levels. Essential natural resources must be conserved to insure countywide access to healthy food, clean air, and pure water supplies. Critical communications, sewer, and transportation infrastructures must be maintained and expanded to accommodate new growth. The Cumberland County Comprehensive Plan provides an opportunity for these issues to be considered on a countywide basis and insure that the County’s prosperity continues well into the future.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (“MPC”, Act 247 of 1968, as reenacted and amended) requires all counties to prepare a comprehensive plan following guidelines established in the statute. Further, the MPC requires general consistency between the county comprehensive plan and municipal comprehensive plans that townships and boroughs have adopted. The required “general consistency” of municipal and county comprehensive plans ensures that issues that transcend municipal boundaries are effectively coordinated between the municipal and county level. Municipalities implement the policy guidance found in coordinated municipal and county comprehensive plans through local zoning, subdivision, and official map ordinances.
Organization of the Comprehensive Plan
The Cumberland County Comprehensive Plan effectively addresses the required elements of a comprehensive plan as outlined in Section 301 of the MPC. The plan has been concisely organized and simply written to create a user-friendly document, easily understood by a broad cross-section of county residents and stakeholders. The plan is intended to be primarily an electronic document that provides users with the most current data in a readily accessible, widely available document.
The plan is structured around 3 major themes, functional elements for each theme, and accompanying goals, objectives, and strategies for each functional element. The organization of the plan moves from general issue identification to specific actions that the County should take in order to address each issue.
 U.S. Census Bureau, 2014.
 2040 Harrisburg Area Transportation Study Long Range Transportation Plan, 2015.
Any Questions? Contact Us!
Dorlisa Minnick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work & Gerontology
B.A. in Social Work from Shippensburg University
M.S.W. from S.U.N.Y. – Stony Brook
Ph.D. in Social Work from The Catholic University of America
Dr. Dorlisa Minnick believes social and environmental justice is inextricably tied together in order to build sustainable communities. She has experience in designing, implementing, and disseminating results from community assessments focused on the social environments of marginalized populations. She has co-led training to increase community organizing capacity of Science Festival Alliance membership in their efforts to make science accessible in their local communities.
- Tel: 717-477-1785
- Location: College of Education & Human Services
Project Coordinator, Department of Geography-Earth Science
H.B.S. in Biology from University of Utah
Antonia received an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Utah, with Undergraduate Research Scholar designation. As the coordinator for the Delaware River Basin Project- Land Use Dynamics, she leads communication efforts in the 43 county region of the DRB, in the form of websites, social media, surveys, and quarterly newsletters. Antonia has a background in community outreach and science education, and enjoys communicating science to diverse audiences.
- Tel: (717) 477-1519
- Location: College of Arts & Sciences