Economic and Community Development

101 South George St. PO Box 509 York, PA 17405-0509
Phone: (717) 849-2264
Fax: (717) 812-0557

Our staff serves as the lead advocate for citywide businesses and not-for-profit organizations, and serves as the liaison between the private/non-profit sector and government. It is our job to negotiate redevelopment contracts for the City’s Redevelopment Authority-owned parcels so that the redevelopment is “neighborhood appropriate” and that the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) has a reversion right to the parcel should the proposed redevelopment not occur.

We work diligently to secure state, federal and other grants and loans, as well as execute public relations and marketing intiatives while continuously advocating for proposed and existing businesses.

It is our vision to develop the City into a thriving business, residential, cultural, recreational and tourist destination. This vision is fostering employment and educational opportunities and increasing the value of the City’s property tax base and fostering a thriving urban community.

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Economic & Community Development

Here you will find all you need to know about the aspects of growing and owning a business as well as development projects in the City of York. We welcome your entrepreneurial spirit and hope that you’ll check out the projects taking root in our neighborhoods across the City and within the industrial park. Please check back often as we add and update content.

The Mission of this department is to create conditions that encourage a diversely vibrant economy throughout the City by forming partnerships and coalition-building, to incubate and execute economic development and a variety of lifestyle enhancing initiatives for all residents of and visitors to our City. We pride ourselves in creating and initiating large scale development and redevelopment projects by marketing sites, project management and facilitation, coordinating land acquisition, appraisals and environmental studies. We also strive to assist citizens of the city and the neighborhoods in which they reside through housing initiatives, neighborhood-building, programs for first time home buyers and  use of federal funding to improve the quality of life of our residents.

Community Development

Our Mission is to consistently improve upon the quality of services offered by Community Development. We do this through wise investment of resources and by applying innovation to our labors. We believe that our community’s success depends in part on our ability to offer swift, value-added service that is quality oriented.

In creating value, we succeed or fail based on our ability to perform as stewards of the following key assets:

  • Our abundant resources: which must be strategically allocated;
  • Our ability to attain the goals we’ve set;
  • Our people, who are ultimately responsible for placing value on our undertakings;
  • Our ability to promote public-private partnerships;
  • That our labors are respectful of both the people we serve and the neighborhoods they reside.

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  • Building Codes

    What Is A Code and How Does It Become Law?

    The City of York has adopted current ‘model’ building codes and specially adopted them for unique circumstances in the City. The Building Official and the Fire Chief and their staffs have reviewed all of the proposed codes and changed, or amended, them to apply specifically to York.

    A model building code is a collection of rules, specifications, authorities, and other statutory requirements, compiled as a complete set by consensus vote of a group of professional building inspection professionals. As a model, a code is ONLY a recommendation. The content of the model code is involved with the physical structure and healthful conditions for occupants of buildings

    When a government legislative authority adopts a model code, it becomes the law of the local jurisdiction. Building codes are, therefore, the government’s official statement on building safety.

    Building codes establish predictable and consistent minimum standards, which are applied to the quality and durability of both the construction and the materials. Minimum standards means that construction meets the criteria of being both “practical and adequate” for protecting individual’s lives, providing a known level of safety, and provides for public safety.

    Building and Construction Codes in the City of York**

    When codes are adopted and become part of the law, certain agencies within the government are appointed to oversee the application of and compliance with the codes. In the City of York, Building Official and his staff are responsible to oversee the proper application and enforcement of:

    • New Construction (Both Commercial and Residential)- 2009 International Building Code along with Appendices B, C, D, E, F, H and J, as published by the International Codes Council.  Effective December 31, 2012 the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry requires compliance with the accessibility requirements of Chapter 11 and Appendix E of the 2012 International Building Code.
    • Residential Construction – 2009 International Residential Code along with Appendices A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K and L, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Existing Building Code – 2009 International Existing Building Code along with The Appendix, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Fire Code – 2009 International Fire Code along with Appendices B, C, D, E, F and G, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Plumbing Code – 2009 International Plumbing Code along with Appendices B, C, D, E, F and G, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Mechanical Code – 2009 International Mechanical Code along with Appendix A, as published by the International Codes Council.
    • Fuel Gas Code – 2009 International Fuel Gas Code along with Appendices A, B, C and D, as adopted by the International Codes Council.

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