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The borough of Jim Thorpe is in the process of substantially revising the zoning laws for our borough. This will impact every current and future home owner and business. Now is one of your last opportunities to be heard and affect these laws before they go into effect.

In basic terms, zoning is a method used by local governments to manage communities and land uses. This is accomplished by limiting how people can use their property and what they can build on it.


Pennsylvania state legislature has provided guidance for zoning. Based on the states requirements, zoning ordinances should incorporate the existing and future needs documented in the compressive plan. Zoning should allow all lawful types of land uses and developments, including new or evolving uses. This does not mean that all development, regardless of potential negative impacts, must be given approvals and cannot be required to meet standards. has prepared a downloadable version of the draft ordinance accessible below. If you have any questions or comments you can email them to and we will present them anonymously on your behalf to borough council so you only have to provide your recommendations to be heard.


Now is your last chance to take action while these laws are being written!
Council is expected to vote on these changes by the end of 2023. 

Other useful resources: 

Zoning Ordinance Laws - Draft

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