Mercer County’s Comprehensive Plan

The Mercer County Comprehensive Plan Update was adopted by the Mercer County Commissioners at their April 27, 2006 meeting.

In 1995/1996 the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission prepared the Mercer County Comprehensive Plan, Planning for Livable Communities. Its theme was making Mercer County communities a better place to live, work and play. This 2006 Mercer County Comprehensive Plan is an update to the 1995/96 Comprehensive Plan and recognizes that much has occurred in the intervening 10 years. The 2000 Census data is now available, major changes were made to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code in 2000, and much progress has occurred in Mercer County.

This Updated Comprehensive Plan renews the vision for Mercer County – a vision that integrates our rural character with sound community development, a healthy economy, and coordinated public and private resource management to sustain and enhance our quality of life.

The Comprehensive Plan has incorporated many innovative techniques during the plan development process. Community indicators have been used to measure the community health and well being. Public involvement sessions have identified and prioritized community planning concerns and issues, as well as an updated vision for the future. The plan also incorporates a new Long Range Transportation Plan for Mercer County, as well as a Target Location Assessment for identifying potential economic development sites in Mercer County.

The Comprehensive Plan includes action strategies that touch on every aspect of community life in Mercer County. These strategies create an agenda for creating change and managing future growth in the County. The Plan also provides strategies for protecting our natural resources and preserving the rural character of the County.

We hope you will find the Comprehensive Plan visionary and inspiring. As we look to the future, we believe it is filled with opportunities for the residents of Mercer County. We look forward to working with you to implement this plan and continue the theme of making Mercer County a better place to live, work and play.

If you would like to view a hard copy of the Mercer County Comprehensive Plan, a copy is available at the MCRPC office, in each of the 48 municipal offices and the County Courthouse.  You may also request a CD-ROM copy of the Plan by contacting our office at (724) 981-2412 or