Planning Commission

The Venango County Regional Planning Commission (VCRPC) works with communities to protect their natural environments and assists local municipalities in the day-to-day functions related to subdivision, land development, and grant applications.

Current Announcements


Rental Rehabilitation - Pilot Program

Application Period: September 8th 2023 - November 30th 2023

The Rental Housing Rehabilitation component of the Venango County Housing Rehabilitation Program is open to any Small Landlord owning residential rental units within Venango County. Funding is provided by the PA Whole-Home Repairs (WHR) Program. This funding originates with the Federal American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA), which is passed through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Department (DCED) to County governments across the state. The purpose of the program is to address housing insecurity and the climate crisis by providing funding for homeowners and landlords to make repairs to their rental units, and support upkeep and weatherization. Owners of rental units seeking housing rehabilitation funding assistance for their rental properties may receive up to $50,000 per unit for the necessary work. Regulations governing the PA Whole-Home Repairs (WHR) Program require that rehabilitation funding support for rental units be in the form of a forgivable loan. To secure the loan, a mortgage will be recorded against the rental property for a 15-year period.

The Rental Housing Rehabilitation funding for this year is limited; however, a large amount of interest during this application round may justify additional future funding. Projects for this program will be funded on a first-come first-served basis after they have been qualified. This is currently a one-time program with an application period starting on September 8th 2023 and ending on November 30th 2023. Landlords are encouraged to submit the Landlord Section as soon as possible to hold their place in the queue, and Tenants will have until November 30th 2023 to submit their sections. Application materials will not be accepted for the Rental Rehab Program after November 30th 2023. Applications will be considered for funding after the application period has closed. Any application which does not have all the required Tenant Sections will be disqualified. After qualification and selection, funded projects will be undertaken in Spring 2024 (subject to change). The application materials will be available on September 8th 2023 and can be found on our website here, under the Community Development section. 

Front facade of the Courthouse Annex building, 1174 Elk Street in Franklin, PA.

The VCRPC Board Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Tuesday, September 19th  (09/19/2023) in Conference Room 100 in the Courthouse Annex (1174 Elk Street, Franklin. 

Click on this link to review previous meeting minutes and agendas.

INTERNET FOR ALL: Connecting the Commonwealth of PA

Connectivity provides access to education, telehealth, business opportunities and so much more! Pennsylvania was recently given a staggering $1.2 billion to provide equitable broadband connectivity to the Commonwealth. You have a REAL opportunity to be heard by voicing our needs to help bring those dollars to Venango County. Please consider completing this survey and/or attending a community discussion meeting on July 31st, 2023 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Venango County 4H Fairgrounds, Rainy Lynn Hall (867 Mercer Road, Franklin PA 16323). You may register online or request transportation by visiting this website or by calling 814-677-4800 extension 100. This event is organized by the PA Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) and supported by the Northwest Commission, United Way, and the Oil Region Alliance


Household Hazardous Waste Event 2023

The Venango County Community Recycling Center is hosting Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics collection events on the following dates from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM:

  • February 25th
  • May 27th
  • August 5th
  • November 4th

Please register at or call 412-567-6566. 

2023 Flyer - Venango County