Comprehensive Plan (CP)

Washington County SealWashington County Comprehensive Plan

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act of 1968, P.L. 805, No. 247, as reenacted and amended, defines a County Comprehensive Plan as “a land use and growth management plan prepared by the county planning commission and adopted by the county commissioners which establishes broad goals and criteria for municipalities to use in the preparation of their comprehensive plan and land use regulation”. The Washington County Comprehensive Plan will better equip the County Leadership to guide municipal officials as they prepare and update their local comprehensive land use plans and supporting land use ordinances.

With the Comprehensive Plan as its guide, the County has the essential data and strategies needed to determine where future growth and development should be directed. The active and ongoing utilization of this plan will establish County-level policies and will encourage development that aligns with the smart growth principles and initiatives supported by the Commonwealth. Such policies are justified by the County Comprehensive Plan s’ analysis of development trends and identified concerns, which were based on public input and quantifiable data. The Washington County Comprehensive Plan recommendations will serve to counteract the identified efficiencies within the county. The recommendations were developed to be inclusive of all the plan elements and their corresponding impacts for the future growth and development of the County.

A Vision Statement for the People of Washington County
The people of Washington County will lead the region and the Commonwealth in working together to encourage a vibrant and prosperous quality of life for people of all ages. We will serve as an example of responsible and sustainable use of land and natural resources. With this as our foundation, we will create a climate that promotes economic diversity and emphasizes education while celebrating our agricultural character, historical significance and scenic beauty.


Select a document below to download the county's Comprehensive Plan and related maps.