Office of Community Affairs: Zoning & Planning
“Bellefonte sits in the heart of Pennsylvania, nestled between several state parks and with hilly topography comparable to San Francisco. In this small, rural community, Bellefonte Historic Preservation Foundation (BHPF) has led and supported projects and improvements that enhance quality of life in a number of ways, including improved pedestrian connections that make walking safer and more comfortable in Bellefonte. Safer walking connections to downtown and the surrounding areas could increase foot traffic to cultural and historical assets, local parks, and locally owned businesses, not only contributing to the local economic vitality but also improving safety for their youth and aging population.
BHPF has identified several key parks in the area including Talleyrand Park, Krauss Park, Masullo Park, and Governor’s Park. A major challenge is parks that are located along heavily trafficked corridors that serve commuter traffic to surrounding towns. For BHPF, their Safe Routes to Parks project will be an opportunity to bridge resident and stakeholder engagement with multiple agency partnerships in identifying solutions and sustainable strategies for implementing and funding safer routes to these parks and addressing challenges to pedestrian safety along state-owned highways.”
- Zoning Map (rev. 2017)
- Zoning Ordinances
- Zoning / Planning Permit Applications
- HARB / Historic District
- Design Professional Resource List (contractors, roofers, engineers, etc)
- Floodplain app
Are you interested in opening a business or buying a commercial building in Downtown Bellefonte?
- Check out our Guide: How to Open a Business in Bellefonte
- Apply for a Business Zoning Permit
- Obtain a Fire Safety License from Centre Region Code
- Contact Centre Region Code for any change of use modifications
- Contact HARB before any external renovations, including signs and painting.
Nittany Valley Joint Planning Commission
Welcome to the Office of Community Affairs. This page continuously updated with information that will address zoning and planning topics in the borough, including information for business owners. If you have any questions, please reach out to Gina Thompson, HARB/Zoning & Planning Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-355-1501 ext. 216