Subdivision & Land Development

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Subdivision Regulations
: Subdivision regulations address how parcels of land may be broken into pieces or merged together. Our subdivision regulations can be found in the Code of the City of Altoona. City Staff and the City Planning Commission administer these regulations using the procedures detailed there. But in general, a lot plan prepared by a licensed professional must be submitted to the Department of Community Development. We will then respond with comments about any necessary changes. Once all necessary changes have been made, our staff or the Altoona City Planning Commission will approve the plans (depending on how substantial the plans are). The plans must then be recorded at the Blair County Courthouse. The applicant is responsible for the City's review fees as well as those of its consulting engineer, when applicable. Questions about subdivision should be directed to the  Community Development Department at 814-949-2470 or planning@altoonapa.gov.

Land Development Regulations: Land development regulations address how a new business is designed. Land development attempts to minimize neighborhood conflicts and maximize the impact of private and public investment. Land development review, which is handled by staff and the Altoona City Planning Commission, is only triggered when a building permit is pulled for a business that could have a significant impact on a neighborhood. Land development regulations address lot layout, traffic generation, parking, pedestrian infrastructure, landscaping, lighting, and noise. Our land development regulations may be found in the Code of the City of Altoona. City Staff and the City Planning Commission administer these regulations using the processes detailed there. But in general, a land development plan prepared by a licensed professional must be submitted to the Department of Community Development. We will then respond with comments about any necessary changes. Once all necessary changes have been made, our staff or the Altoona City Planning Commission will approve the plans (depending on how substantial the plans are). The plans must then be recorded at the Blair County Courthouse. The applicant is responsible for the City's review fees as well as those of its consulting engineer, when applicable.Questions about land development should be directed to the Community Development Department at 814-949-2470 or planning@altoonapa.gov.