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.

 

Public Hearing Notices

Public Hearing Notice and Proposed Project Selection for the 2016 CDBG Program Indiana County “on behalf of” Center Township

Notice is hereby given by Indiana County “on behalf of” Center Township that it will conduct a public hearing on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 6:15 PM in the Center Township Municipal Building located at 1212 Neal Road, Homer City, Pennsylvania.  This meeting is accessible to individuals with disabilities and/or for persons with Limited English Proficiency.  If you wish to attend and require special accommodations, please notify the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development Office 72 hours in advance at 724-465-3870 (Telephone) or 724-465-3805 (TDD) or by email at admin1@ceo.co.indiana.pa.us.

 

The purpose of the public hearing is to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project selection and the 3-Yr Plan for Indiana County “on behalf of” Center Township.  The hearing will also solicit input on the activities, the selection of activities and why any proposed activities were not selected for funding.  The select 2016 CDBG activity is to undertake storm water and street improvements to 4th Street in Aultman, Center Township.

 

The County of Indiana “on behalf of” Center Township is expected to receive an allocation of approximately $89,193.00 of 2016 CDBG funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  In addition, the County of Indiana “on behalf of” Center Township anticipates the receipt of no program income during the 2016 program year.  At least 70% of the available funding must be used for activities which benefit low and moderate income persons.  The proposed activities must benefit at least 51% low-moderate income persons in the service area to qualify as a low-moderate income project.  The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has announced the application submission deadline of November 18, 2016.

 

If the County of Indiana “on behalf of” Center Township would undertake activities that result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the County of Indiana’s policy for minimizing such displacement would be in effect.   The County of Indiana “on behalf of” Center Township is responsible for replacing all low and moderate income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of the use of CDBG funds.

 

All interested citizen are encouraged to attend and will be offered the opportunity to give oral testimony at the public hearing and/or to present written comments concerning the proposed CDBG activities and 3-Yr Plan, the selection process and any other questions related to the CDBG program. Proposals and comments may be submitted to the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development at 801 Water Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701 or by email to admin1@ceo.co.indiana.pa.us by October 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Interested citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development located at 801 Water Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania in the first floor conference room.  The hearing is being conducted to take public input on Indiana County’s 2015/2016 application submission for Keystone Communities funds. Indiana County is proposing to submit an application to assist permanently disabled residents with housing rehabilitation modifications.

 

The County of Indiana does not discriminate in regards to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry or age in the provision, admission, employment, or access to the County’s services and programs.

 

If you are unable to attend the scheduled public hearing you can submit written comments to Christina Coleman at the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, 801 Water Street – Courthouse Annex, Indiana, PA 15701.  All comments need to be submitted no later than 5:30 PM on September 26, 2016 in order to ensure placement of such comments in the official public hearing record.

 

Persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons who wish to attend the public hearing and require special accommodations need to contact the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled public hearing at 724-465-3870 (Voice) or 724-465-3805 (TDD).

 

CITIZEN COMMENT PERIOD

Indiana County on behalf of the Center Township Supervisors hereby announces its intention to prepare a grant application and three-year community improvement plan under the 2016 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program (CDBG).  The proposed application will request $89,193.00 in CDBG Entitlement Funds.  The proposed entitlement application will allocate an estimated $74,000.00 for proposed storm sewer and street improvements on 4th Street in Aultman, Center Township with the remaining amount for administration.  The proposed project will benefit at least 51% low-moderate income persons.

 

The grant applications will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development by November 18, 2016.  Citizens are invited to examine the plans, once a determination has been made, and to comment of the proposed applications and three-year plan between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, Indiana County Courthouse Annex – 801 Water Street, Indiana, PA 15701 or call 724-465-3870 (Voice) or 724-465-3800 (TDD). Comments on the proposed project will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development.  The Indiana County Commissioners will be asked to approve the submission of the applications at their regularly scheduled meeting on November 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Indiana County Courthouse.

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