The Altoona Planning Code, adopted on July 23, 2003, is a comprehensive ordinance dealing with all aspects of the development of land, except building permits. This ordinance represents the first time in twenty years that the City's development ordinances were thoroughly studied and rewritten.
The Altoona Planning Code
is available here in PDF format. This file is very large and will take some time to download. To navigate, use the "Bookmark" feature tab on the left of the document to move to the area you need to see. The zoning map
is part of the overall ordinance, found in Article IV of Title Three. It is available here in PDF format. Please use the zoom tools available in your PDF reader to navigate the map. You may contact the Planning Department for further information on this ordinance at (814) 949-2470.
Before you download the Code, it may be wise to be familiar with an outline of the structure of the regulations it contains.
Title One - This deals with the delegation of power from City Council to the various boards, commissions, committees, departments, and staff to carry out the functions of the Code. It also deals with Comprehensive Planning and planning generally.
Title Three - This is the zoning for the City. All districts are included, and this is the home of the zoning map. Zoning deals primarily with the placement of uses throughout the City.
Title Four - The environmental regulations are placed here. These include erosion and sedimentation control, storm water management, flood plain regulations, and sewage facilities planning controls.
Title Five - These are the subdivision requirements for the City. Be aware that there are three types of approvals; most fall under Article II.
Title Seven - Commercial sites are required to upgrade parking facilities and other on-site amenities if they trigger these requirements. These are the land development requirements of the City, looking at parking ingress and egress, traffic safety, pedestrian accommodation, and neighborhood relations.
Title Eight - The City is active in urban redevelopment. This Title governs the redevelopment activities within the City, blight removal, and similar programs.
Title Nine - Not fully developed, this Title currently deals with financial guarantees for any development occurring under any regulation within the Code. Future regulation may be added at a later date.
Title Ten - This contains the plan contents, review procedures, fee schedules, definitions, and general legal lingo for the entire Code.