Planning and Development

COVID-19 Update

Millcreek Township has implemented the Reduction of Operations level of its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) due to COVID-19. The Millcreek Township Municipal Building is closed, and most Township staff is working from home.

We are accepting submissions and will be attempting to process any zoning permit, land development, and subdivision applications received.

Zoning Permits

Although Zoning Permits will be processed and reviewed during this time period, NO Zoning Permits will be issued until the Municipal Building reopens, the Reduction of Operations is lifted, and normal Township operations resume.  

Zoning Permit applications are being accepted at this time in digital format only. 

Please email files or a file sharing link to mpuz@millcreektownship.com
You will receive a confirmation email once the files have been received.

Submissions must include the following separate files:

  1. Completed permit application.
  2. Permit or development drawings
  3. For Zoning Permits, a copy of the contractor’s worker’s compensation certificate, if Township does not have a copy on file

Permit fees shall be paid by check only, made out to Millcreek Township Supervisors, and mailed to:  Millcreek Planning & Development, Attn: Matthew Puz, 3608 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506

Building Permits

Building Permits are issued through Building Inspection Underwriters (BIU). BIU is accepting plans in digital format at this time for review only. Contact BIU at (814) 860-8044 or (877) 272-0255 for further instructions.

Although Building Permits will be processed and reviewed during this time period, No Building Permits will be issued until the Governor’s order banning all construction activities is lifted and BIU has resumed normal operations.

Land Development and Subdivisions

Land Development and Subdivision applications are being accepted at this time in digital format only via file sharing link. 

Please contact Matthew Puz, Jr. at mpuz@millcreektownship.com to advise him of the file sharing address when your submission is ready. You will receive a confirmation email once the files have been received.

All digital submissions must meet the requirements of the Township’s Subdivision and Land Development ordinance, including §125-19, §125-24, and any other applicable sections.

Application fees shall be paid by check only, made out to Millcreek Township Supervisors, and mailed to:  Millcreek Planning & Development, Attn: Matthew Puz, 3608 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506. All fees must be paid before the Planning Commission or third-party consultants review any applications.

The Planning and Development Department’s mission is to foster a dynamic, attractive and economically healthy township. The department works to: 

  • Increase community livability and quality of life through the Embrace Millcreek Comprehensive Plan and land development regulations
  • Encourage development that incorporates quality design and protection of natural resources
  • Strengthen community dialogue and understanding of planning issues
  • Ensure that development standards of the community are met with each development
  • Collaborate with other agencies on planning issues

In support of both current and comprehensive planning, the Planning and Development Department oversees the township's Engineering Division and Zoning and Development Division.


  1. Comprehensive Planning
  2. Current Planning

Comprehensive planning takes a long-range view to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the township and to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. 

In August of 2018 the Board of Supervisors adopted the Embrace Millcreek comprehensive plan. The plan identifies Millcreek's strengths and challenges, puts forth a set of Core Values to serve as a guide for future decisions, identifies five Focus Areas to concentrate future efforts, and an Action Plan to achieve the desired outcomes. 

Initial implementation efforts include:

  • Rewriting and modernizing the Zoning Code and land development regulations to provide the tools that will be necessary to activate parts of Embrace Millcreek
  • Working with consultants, business owners, and other stakeholders on a detailed small area plan for the Presque Isle Gateway District which will allow the township to apply for and obtain grant and other sources of funding to invest in enhancing this unique regional resource