Office of Planning and Development

About Us

The Office of Planning and Development comprehensively guides planning policy for the County to promote economic development, strengthen communities, and protect resources. We strive to enhance the quality of life for the residents while conserving the uniqueness of Adams County. 

The Planning Office is comprised of four Divisions: Comprehensive Planning, GIS, Rural Resources, and the Conservation District, whose range of disciplines vary greatly to support a list of programs and services to benefit the municipalities, organizations, and residents of Adams County.    

Scroll through the available information and services we provide or view the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions. If you still need assistance, please contact us!

Contact Us

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Office of Planning and Development

Programs and Responsibilities


Frequently Asked Questions

Start here to find answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Electronic Submission

Instructions and links to submit SLD plans and other documents for review.

Disposal and Recycling

The County's Environmental Services information related to disposal, solid waste, and recycling.


Gallery of mapping apps, like the Parcel Viewer, storymaps, dashboards, and gis data for Adams County.


Zoning assistance in Germany Township, Menallen Township, and East Berlin Borough.


Information about transportation projects, funding, and programs.

Agricultural Land Preservation Program

Interested in preserving your farm? View the application, information, and guidelines.

Administered Grant Programs

 Municipal assistance and housing grants related to the CDBG, ESG, and HOME grant programs.

PRGS Grant Program

Park, Recreation, and Green Space (PRGS) Grant Program application and information.


Learn more about the Adams County and Franklin County Broadband Connectivity Initiative. 

County Plans and Studies

View adopted Adams County Plans, Regional Studies, Publications, and Projections.

Fair Treatment Under the Law

Resident Resources for Fair Housing, Discrimination, and Title VI Complaint Procedures


Meetings and Information


Staffed Board Meeting Information

Find Agendas, Minutes, and other information for our staffed Boards.

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Department Calendar

Click on a meeting for more information.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Event Time:7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Event Time:7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

 Department and Staff


About the Office

Office Structure

Organizational Chart

Contact information for the Department's Divisions and Staff

Staff Assignments


Annual Report - Planning



Annual Report - Conservation District

Annual Report