What We Do

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is comprised of two major divisions of three bureaus each, which work together to build strong neighborhoods and elevate quality of life for all people who live, work, and play in the City of Lancaster. The Department manages a range of programs that aim to support business and job creation, facilitate safe and affordable housing options, improve the quality of our built and natural environments, champion the design of our civic spaces and facilities, and ultimately protect and enhance the health and wellness of our community members.


The Department engages with stakeholders across its programs to glean meaningful input in the execution of its mission. The Department works closely with the Lancaster City Alliance to implement the Building on Strength Economic Development Plan first adopted in 2015. It also actively engages with other agencies, community organizations and neighborhood associations promoting the equity, prosperity, and sustainable development of the City.


The Department also staffs and guides many City Boards, Authorities, and Commissions, including the Lancaster Property Reinvestment Board, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster, the Lancaster City Land Bank Authority, the Planning Commission, the Zoning Hearing Board, the Historical Commission, and several other bodies that help to manage change and shape growth in the City.

General Contact Info


120 N. Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17602


Office hours

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.



(717) 291-4759



(717) 291-4772



Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events.

Who We Are
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Christopher Delfs
Director of CPED
Rebecca Geiser
Deputy Director, Health, Housing and Community Development
Denice Lazo
Staff Assistant/Department Coordinator
James Nixon
Bureau Chief
Douglas Smith
Chief Planner
Kim Wissler
Bureau Chief/Health Officer
Tyresa Bailey
Health Clerk
Alissa Calhoun
Assistant Welcome Center Manager
Adam Coleman
Residential Code Official
Emma Hamme
Senior Planner
David Hamric
Commercial Code Official
Cheila Huettner
Welcome Center Manager
Kevin Kauffman
Health Officer/Lead Risk Assessor
Mandali Kejjo
City Planner
Molly Kirchoff
Program Manager, Public Art & Urban Design
Sonia Lebron
Health and Housing Social Services Case Manager
Terri Michael
Building/Plumbing/Zoning Clerk
Lori Parson
Building/Plumbing/Zoning Clerk
Tom Paul
Commercial Code Official
DJ Ramsay
Communications Manager
Suzanne Stallings
Historic Preservation Specialist
Jameel Thrash
Zoning Officer
Maggie Warner
Permit Coordinator
Isabel Wong
Health Officer
Kate Wright
Special Events & Programs Manager
Patricia Wright-Sherman
Administrative Assistant
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