Office of Community Development
Eileen Cipriani, Director
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm
The Office of Community Development (OCD) aligns the Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD); Grants; Code Enforcement (Licensing, Inspections and Permits) and City Planning and Zoning under one umbrella. This restructured department’s mission is to address community, economic and workforce development initiatives in the City. This alignment will better serve the residents and the business community by coordinating services, improving efficiencies and increasing grant funding opportunities.
Office of Economic and Community Development
The Office of Economic and Community Development manages the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) entitlement grants as well as funding for housing and neighborhood development initiatives. The Department leverages public and private funds to provide affordable housing, promote safe and livable neighborhoods, and stimulate economic development in Scranton.
Economic Development’s fundamental goals are to attract new business and create a streamlined process for businesses to open their doors in the city. Having planning/zoning and code enforcement under the same organizational structure allows for a “One Stop” model to business development.
- Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Relief Application
- Announcing Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Relief Assistance & Legal Assistance Programs
- Requesting Public Comment DRAFT 2021 Action Plan Due Tuesday April 20, 4:30 PM
- City of Scranton Awards Lackawanna College CARES Act CDBG-CV Technology Assistance Grant to Help Local Restaurants Boost Sales
- Requesting Public Comment 2020 Draft CAPER Due March 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm
The oversight of city grants is performed by the City’s grant writer located in the Office of Community Development. The oversight includes all city and community applications where the city is serving as the fiscal agent and applicant. This alignment improves the effectiveness and success of the city’s grant applications. This Department coordinates grant applications with the needs identified in the capital budget and results in efficiently allocated funds for city projects.
The Code Enforcement Department (previously Licensing, Inspections, and permits) enforces land and property codes to support a healthy, safe, and vibrant community for Scranton Residents. The department investigates complaints about possible violations and takes action to mitigate quality of life concerns. This department also distributes permits and conducts inspections for homes, rental properties, and businesses. Having the Code Enforcement Department under the umbrella of OCD helps support a “One Stop Shop” for prospective businesses.
Planning and Zoning
The City’s Planning and Zoning Department manages zoning ordinances, reviews zoning applications, and regulates land use and development within the City.