Planning Commission

The Centre County Planning Commission, through the comprehensive planning process, makes recommendations and decisions to maintain and enhance the high quality of life for all residents, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, and other laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the County of Centre.  The Planning Commission is comprised of citizens and/or elected officials appointed to represent the regions of the County.

Meeting Schedule

Planning commission meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in Room 146 of the Willowbank Office Building.


The Planning Commission is comprised of members representing the following seven planning regions: Centre Region, Lower Bald Eagle Valley, Moshannon Valley, Mountaintop, Nittany Valley, Penns Valley, and Upper Bald Eagle Valley. The members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Members assist staff in the review and approval of subdivision and land development activity in 25 of the 35 municipal governments throughout the County.

Term Length

4 Years


Current Members

Planning Region
Term Expires

Robert Dannaker
Bellefonte Borough
Planning Commission
Nittany Valley
December 31, 2027
Dennis HameisterHarris Township SupervisorCentre RegionDecember 31, 2027
Christopher Kunes

Gregg Township
Planning Commission
Penns ValleyDecember 31, 2026
Deborah SimoncekLower Bald Eagle
Lower Bald Eagle ValleyDecember 31,2024
Andrea Pandolfi
Patton Township 
Centre RegionDecember 31,2024
Jenn Shufran
Rush Township
Moshannon Valley
December 31, 2026
Michele L. Barbin
Citizen Member
MountaintopDecember 31, 2027
D. Richard Francke

College Township CouncilCentre RegionDecember 31, 2025
Raymond J. Stolinas Jr.Director, Centre County Planning
and Community Development

Mark HigginsCommissioner, ChairLiaison