Welcome to the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development

The Indiana County Board of Commissioners established the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development (ICOPD) in 1987 to meet the growing needs of our community. Since its establishment, the ICOPD’s role in County government has continuously evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the County.

 

The Office of Planning & Development continues to take a proactive approach to addressing county-wide concerns and issues. Our cooperation with the 14 boroughs and 24 townships throughout the County contributes to the balance between existing land uses and growth considerations so that the quality of life in Indiana County can be improved for future generations.

 

The overall purpose of the Office of Planning & Development is to facilitate orderly growth and development that contributes to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

 

The Sustainable Economy Summit will be held on Friday, April 21st at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana. The summit will cover topics such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, green chemistry, energy efficiency, and other aspects of the sustainable economy. Click on flyer for more information and register online at hhtp://conta.cc/2mbeixM

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES

None Follow

CITIZEN COMMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Notice:   March 13, 2017

 

Name of Responsible Entity (RE):  Indiana County Commissioners

 

Address: 825 Philadelphia Street

                 Indiana, PA 15701

 

Telephone Number of RE Preparing Agency:  Indiana County Office of Planning and Development

724-465-3870

 

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Indiana County.

 

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

 

On or about March 29, 2017 the County of Indiana will submit a request to the Department of Community and Economic Department (DCED) for the release of multi-year Community Development Block Grant Funds under Title I, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Upper Palmerton/Fairfield Heights Water Line Extension Project, for the purpose of extending public water service to 34 occupied residences in Burrell Township, Indiana County, PA.  The proposed project is a cooperative effort between the County of Indiana, the Burrell Township Supervisors and the Highridge Water Authority (HWA).

 

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

 

The County of Indiana has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, 801 Water Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development.  All comments received by March 28, 2017 will be considered by the County of Indiana prior to authorizing submission of a request for release funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

 

RELEASE OF FUNDS

 

The County of Indiana certifies to DCED that Michael A. Baker, in his capacity as Chairman of the Indiana County Board of Commissioners, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  DCED’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the County of Indiana to use Program funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

 

DCED will accept objections to its release of funds and the County of Indiana’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following basis: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the County of Indiana; (b)  the RE has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by DCED; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project in unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.  Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to the Department of Community and Economic Development, Center for Community Building, 4th Floor Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225.  Potential objectors should contact DCED to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

Michael A. Baker, Chairman

Indiana County Board of Commissioners

 

3/13/2017

 

 

NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

AND

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

 

In accordance with requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), the County of Indiana will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.

 

Employment:  The County of Indiana does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.

 

Effective Communication:  The County of Indiana will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in Indiana County’s programs, services and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments.

 

Modifications to Policies and Procedures:  The County of Indiana will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities.  For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in Indiana County’s offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.

 

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity of Indiana County, should contact the Indiana County Department of Human Services located at 300 Indian Springs Road, Indiana, PA or by telephone at 724-463-8200 as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.

 

The ADA does not require the County of Indiana to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

 

Complaints that a program, service or activity of Indiana County is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to Lisa Spencer, Executive Director of the Indiana County Department of Humans Services at 300 Indian Springs Road, Indiana, PA or by telephone at 724-463-8200.

 

Michael A. Baker, Chairman

Indiana County Board of Commissioners

825 Philadelphia Street

Indiana, PA 15701

 

 

COUNTY OF INDIANA

NOTICE UNDER THE

AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT

 

 

POLICY OF INDIANA COUNTY

NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY STATUS

 

 

The County of Indiana does not discriminate on the basis of handicapped status in the admission of access to, or treatment or employment for all its programs or activities.

 

Robin Maryai, Chief Clerk

825 Philadelphia Street

Indiana, PA 15701

Telephone Number:

 (724) 465-3805 (Voice and TDD)

 

has been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) regulations implementing Section 504 (24CFR Part 8, dated June 2, 1988).

 

Michael A. Baker, Chairman

Indiana County Board of Commissioners

 

 

Social Media Civility and Respect Statements:

We want to hear your voice. The Indiana County Office of Planning and Development (ICOPD) encourages you to comment on our social media pages so we know what interests you. However, we ask that you treat this as a public space and communicate with others in a respectful and civil way that enhances, rather than detracts, from our social media interaction.

 

We will be moderating comments. ICOPD will not discriminate against comments based on identity or personal beliefs, but comments will be removed if they do not meet our standards of civility and respect, though.

 

ICOPD Social Media Standards of Civility and Respect:

No comments that display the following behaviors will be tolerated on ICOPD social media pages:

 

Decency

  • No profanity, vulgar, offensive, or obscene comments will be accepted.
  • No threats, harassment, personal attacks, hate speech, or racial slurs will be accepted.

 

Legality

  • No comments that encourage or partake in illegal activity will be accepted.
  • No comments should violate intellectual property without clear indication of permission to copy from the original source and/or proper citation.

 

Spam

  • No comments irrelevant to the mission, scope, or events of ICOPD will be accepted.
  • No redundant posting of comments will be accepted.
  • No advertisements or personal promotions will be accepted.

 

ICOPD will remove any comments that do not meet these standards. Repeated and/or egregious offenders will be blocked from commenting.

 

Comments to ICOPD pages are considered to be in the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise.

 

Phone:  (724) 465-3870

Fax 1:  (724) 465-3150

Fax 2:  (724) 465-3151

 

801 Water St.

Indiana, PA 15701-1705

Office Hours:

 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday EST