Community Planning & Grants

About the Department

The Bradford County Department of Community Planning & Mapping Services acts as the administrative agency for the Bradford County Planning Commission under the direction of the Bradford County Commissioners. The Department currently retains a seven member staff that includes the Planning Director, County Planner, Geographic Information Systems Coordinator, Community Planner, CDBG/Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator, CDBG/Housing Rehabilitation Assistant and Administrative Assistant. In 1996, the Bradford County Commissioners officially joined County Planning Staff with Community Development Block Grant staff to make it a planning and community development office. All staff plays a significant role in providing community development and planning services to a host of individuals that include developers, landowners, state and regional agencies and township supervisors and borough councils.

The department also retains two staff members that administer the Community Development Block Grant program and the Housing Rehabilitation Program. Community Development Block Grants are provided to assist in the development of viable communities through decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. The Bradford County Commissioners apply for and receive Community Development Block Grant funds each year for allocation among "non-entitlement communities". Administrative responsibilities associated with CDBG are administered by the Bradford County Office of Community Planning and Grants and managed by the CDBG/Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator. Projects eligible for funding include rehabilitation of historic structures, handicap accessibility to public buildings, economic development projects, public infrastructure, housing rehabilitation, park facilities and recreation centers, just to name a few. The Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible homeowners with the rehabilitation of their homes. Bradford County residents who are income eligible, single-family, owner-occupants (with name on a deed or title), and taxes paid to date and retain homeowners insurance, may qualify for housing rehabilitation grants of up to $ 20,000.00 per household. Geographic Information Systems are an integral component to proper planning and development. The Department houses a full database of mapping layers that consist of digital floodplain, land use, tax parcels, municipal boundaries, zoning districts, streams, road names, etc. Both paper and digital versions of GIS layers are available upon request. The Planning and Grants staff also utilizes 2005 Orthophotography as a base for virtually the entire department's mapping initiatives.

Department Services

The Department of Community Planning & Mapping Services offers the following services to county residents, GIS Mapping and Database Development, Subdivision and land development review, comprehensive plan and planning ordinance development, transportation project prioritization, county bridge inspection and replacement program, county recreation initiatives, housing rehabilitation for low to moderate income homeowners, community development block grant administration, and municipal agricultural security area database.

Planning Director

Matthew Williams

Matt Williams is the director of the Bradford County Department of Community Planning and Mapping Services and the Bradford County Planning Commission. In 2008, Mr. Williams graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Geography with minors in Geology and Watershed Management. From 2009 to 2016, Matt served the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission as a Regional Planner/GIS Coordinator in the PennDOT Planning Program and as the Community Development Program Manager where he provided Grant Writing and Project Development Assistance to municipalities and non-profits throughout the Northern Tier Region.

A lifelong resident of Bradford County, Matt was hired by the County Commissioners to replace former long-time Planning Director Ray Stolinas in May of 2016. Matt is dedicated to preserving and improving the idyllic lifestyle prevalent within Bradford County by using various planning initiatives to assist in the development of community facilities and recreation opportunities which will enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

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Contact the Department

29 Vankuren Drive Suite 1
Towanda,PA 18848
Phone: (570) 268-4103 [Planning Main Line]
Fax: (570) 268-4171

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