Planning / Zoning / Code Enforcement / Historic Preservation / Environmental Preservation

The Planning Department for the Borough of Gettysburg works with citizens and property owners to create a pleasant place to live and work. The department administers the following ordinances:

  • Historic District
  • Floodplain
  • Licenses, Permits and General Business Regulations
  • Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code
  • Property Maintenance Code
  • Recycling & Waste Collection
  • Regulated Rental Unit
  • Signs
  • Stormwater Management
  • Subdivision and Land Development
  • Zoning
  • Others as applicable

 All ordinances may be viewed by clicking here.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq. The program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development:

  • CDBG's flexibility empowers people and communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
  • CDBG's emphasis on consolidated planning expands and strengthens partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector in enhancing community development.
  • CDBG's technical assistance activities and set-aside for grantees builds the capacity of these partners.

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Department of Community and Economic Development administers community funding projects provided under the CDBG program with additional administration provided by the Adams County Office of Planning and Development. The following resources are constantly updated but provided required information to the community regarding outcomes from the use of these programmed funds:

Gettysburg Zoning Code Update/Rewrite Project

Gettysburg Borough wants your feedback on the zoning rewrite project.  See our project page here for draft updates and information on upcoming meetings.

Gettysburg Sign Ordinance Update Project

Gettysburg Borough is currently in the process of updating the borough's sign ordinance. A copy of the current staff drafted language is available for review here. Please direct questions and comments to the Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement Department staff by email at or feel free to call 717-334-1160 X 224 to speak with staff.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Karen M. Mesher Planning Assistant / Asst. Borough Secretary (717) 334-1160 ext. 247
Debra English Historic and Environmental Preservation Coordinator (717) 334-1160 ext. 238
Peter Griffioen Code Compliance Officer (717)-334-1160. Ext 229
John Whitmore, AICP Planning Director (717) 334-1160 ext. 224
Charles R. Gable, MPA Borough Manager / Treasurer (717) 334-1160 ext. 222