The Planning Department is under the umbrella of the Department of Community Development and is specifically authorized by the Municipal Planning Code to operate in conjunction with, or in place of, the Planning Commission. South Middleton Township has both a Planning Department and a Planning Commission.

Subdivision and Land Development

Subdivision and Land Development plans are processed and reviewed through the Planning Department. Each plan is examined in detail to ensure that the plan complies with the Township Ordinances regarding Zoning and Subdivision & Land Development. Where appropriate, department staff ensures that approvals from other State, County, and local agencies are obtained by applicants before plans receive final approval. All Subdivision
and Land Development Plans submitted to the Township are reviewed by the Planning Department for compliance with Township Ordinances.


Please visit the applications page for subdivision, land development, and conditional use documentation.

Submission of Subdivision and Land Development Plans

Plans and application must be submitted to the Township by 4:00 p.m. on the 25th day of each month to be considered at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting.

• A PDF file of the plan and supporting documentation must be emailed to  If the plans cannot be submitted by email, a flash drive or an online file hosting service should be used instead.

• A hard copy of the application, all supporting documentation, and five (5) copies of the plan set should be submitted to the Township along with the application fee and escrow fee.

• Any revised plans should be emailed to

and five (5) hard copies submitted to the Township 14 days prior to the next Planning Commission meeting.

Comprehensive Planning

The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan is to establish an orderly format for guiding and managing the future development within a municipality. The Comprehensive Plan involves a rather methodical process of analyzing the existing features of a community, assessing future trends and patterns and goals and objectives. A competed Comprehensive Plan typically becomes the framework for the municipality’s zoning ordinance as well as other local codes aimed at implementing or achieving identified policies.

A comprehensive plan is not a static document, but more of a dynamic process. Review, analysis, projection, and program development are ongoing municipal tasks to directing future growth and resources. The Comprehensive Plan is typically updated every 10 years. The last update was done in 2022.