Welcome To Bethlehem Township

It is the mission of Bethlehem Township to promote community vitality, quality of life, and economic prosperity, Bethlehem Township will provide services which are responsive to the health, safety and general welfare needs of the community. The township government is dedicated to providing these services through the efficient and effective use of the community’s available resources in an honest, open and caring manner.

It is the vision of Bethlehem Township to foster a community that residents and businesses are proud to call "home."

How Are We Doing? Customer service is of the utmost importance to Bethlehem Township; please take a few moments to share your feelings with us! This survey is available HERE on our website and at the Township Building. We hope that you, our residents, business owners and community professionals will complete this survey to provide both kudos and constructive feedback so that we can continue to improve our service to the community. Thank you for taking the time to assist us!

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You can now sign up for Emergency Alerts from Bethlehem Township. This is a FREE service. Alerts will come via Text Messages and/or Email. Click HERE to get started.

Bethlehem Township News
The Planning Commissioner Meeting of Monday, July 25, 2016 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The next Planning Commission Meeting will be Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7 p.m.
At the August 1, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, Spillman Farmer will be presenting the Archibald Johnston Mansion Stabilization Study. The draft report and summary document can be found HERE

September 10, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bethlehem Recycling Center
345 Illick's Mill Rd, Bethlehem, 18107

Event is open to Bethlehem City residents and Northampton County residents only, proof of residency required.

Click here for more info or contact City of Bethlehem, Recycling Bureau at 610-865-7082

The Bethlehem Township Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee will convene Thursday July 14, 2016 at 6:30PM at the Bethlehem Township Municipal Building.

All member of the public are invited to attend and participate!

Click here for the agenda

Bethlehem Township has engaged in a contract with Entech Engineering for the purpose of renovating certain areas of the Bethlehem Township Community Center. At the July 18, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, Entech will be presenting their recommendations to the Township and the Commissioners will be considering how to best move forward with these renovations. Their report can be viewed HERE. Any questions, please contact Melissa Shafer, Township Manager, at or 610-804-6402.

The Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Please come out and meet the commissioners on Sunday, June 26th from 12 pm – 3pm at the Community Center.

There are two meetings being held on Wednesday June 29th. The afternoon session will be held 2:30-3:30 and the evening session will be held 6:00-7:00 for the Archibald Johnston Preserve Stewardship and Trail Plan. You can view the agenda HERE.
The Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., at the Bethlehem Township Municipal Building, 4225 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to discuss the construction of the water quality basin currently underway at the end of Gloucester Drive.
The Wildlands Conservancy offers nature programs for kids and adults throughout the summer. Check out their calendar HERE
The yard waste recycling center will be closed on Monday May 30th for Memorial Day

The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee of Bethlehem Township will hold a series of special public meetings for the purpose of updating its Comprehensive Plan. The revised meeting schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 2nd
Thursday, July 14th
Thursday, September 1st

Meeting s will be held at the Bethlehem Township Municipal Building at 630. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Click here for more info

May 21 & October 8, 2016. 8:30-2:00

Click here for more info

Bethlehem Township is seeking a qualified engineering firm to serve as Township Stormwater Engineer. Request for Qualifications for Township Stormwater Engineer received until 4:00 p.m., local time, May 9, 2016
Click HERE for RFK.

Bethlehem Township currently has two internship positions available. Please check our employment section for more information.

No Zoning Hearing Board appeal applications were received by the April 6, 2016 deadline. Therefore, the meeting originally scheduled for April 27th at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled Zoning Hearing Board meeting will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

High fire danger means all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.

FBTAA Baseball Signups 5 to 18 year olds
Online Registration starts 1/1/2016
Details at WWW.FBTAA.COM
Due to population changes in the 2010 Census, Bethlehem Township is proposing a redistricting of the four wards. According to the Northampton County Board of Elections, this ward redistricting will go into effect AFTER the November 2015 election.

As you can see from the maps, the 2003 Map shows the population variance of the wards from 5,135 people in Ward 2 to 6,816 people in Ward 4. This is a 30% population variance. In December of 2014, a meeting was held with the Township Solicitor, Township Manager, Township Physical Plant and Information Systems Director, and Township GIS Consultant. The purpose of this meeting was to more evenly distribute the population among the four wards, making as few changes as possible. The data points that we had available were the population counts per census block and the homes of the current Commissioners, as we did not want to move a sitting Commissioner out of his ward.

The Proposed Map that the staff presented to the Commissioners in January 2015 has a new population variance in the wards ranging now from 5,891 in Ward 4 to 5,961 in Ward 3. This is a 1% population variance. An Ordinance adopting the new ward map is being prepared by the solicitor's office and will be presented for the Board's review and advertisement at an upcoming Board meeting. Check the Board of Commissioners Meeting Agenda for the exact date.

Please note that there will be no changes to the ward map for any of the 2015 elections.

If you have any comments or questions about the ward map, please email Melissa Shafer, Township Manager, or call 610-814-6400.
The 2016 General Fund Budget with 2015 and September 2015 YTD Actual reports are now available HERE.
Residents of Bethlehem Township will be able to view the type of offense, date, time, and location (to a 100 block). It will be access to real-time crime data for where you live or work in the Township. You can even subscribe to alerts based upon a circumference around an important place (ie-home, child’s school, work place), to be notified of the crime.

Navigate to: for more info
Northampton County is cooperating with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service in a joint effort to control gypsy moth caterpillars in Spring 2016 in certain residential and public high use areas within the county.

A public meeting concerning GYPSY MOTH CONTROL
will be held at
The Bushkill Fire Company
155 Firehouse Dr, Nazareth PA
August 4th from 7:00-9:00 PM.

All interested property owners are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Applications will be available and eligibility requirements discussed.

DCNR Staff will be present to explain the program and address any questions.

There have been recent complaints and possible sightings of coyotes in Bethlehem Township. Coyotes are becoming increasingly common in urban and suburban areas due to easy access and proximity to food sources.

Coyotes are rarely dangerous and prefer to avoid contact with people, however there are several actions you can take to help decrease their presence in the Township:

-Firmly secure your garbage so that a coyote would not be able to gain access and eat from garbage bins.
-Only feed your pets inside and never leave or store pet food outdoors.
-If you know of any rodent problem on your property, have the issue managed quickly, as rodents are a prime food source for coyotes.
-Do not leave any smaller dogs, cats or other pets outside unsupervised, especially between dusk and dawn.
-If you have a fence or gate to your back yard, make sure it is secured.
-Keep your grass well maintained and all shrubs, trees and bushes trimmed, doing so will remove shelter for coyotes.
-Remove any structures, equipment, piles, etc. that could provide shelter to coyotes.

If you see a coyote on your property, do not be alarmed, simply call the Bethlehem Township Police Department to report the sighting.
January 2015 Current Preferred Alternative Route (most recent detailed map)

More hearings are scheduled and residents are encouraged to attend. For the full listing please click HERE

Scheduled Meeting is for February 10, 2015 @ 6:00pm at Northampton Community College on 3835 Green Pond Rd in Bethlehem, Pa 18020.

PennEast Pipeline Project, please call our toll-free line at (844) 347-7119 or visit the project web site at

To view the Hopewell Township Questions click here

Proposed Pipeline Route click here

Interactive Pipeline Map click here

Harrisburg – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is urging residents in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County to have their homes tested for radon. This comes after recent tests by the department and a DEP-certified laboratory revealed that several homes in that area have record high levels.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Pennsylvania and causes about 20,000 lung-cancer deaths in the U.S. every year.

Several homes in the Center Valley area were found to have radon levels of over 1,000 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). One specific home tested at 2,750 pCi/L and is one of the highest radon values ever recorded in the state. These levels are hundreds of times more than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level of 4 pCi/L; a level where a home should be remediated to lower the radon concentration.

"This community serves as an important reminder to all Pennsylvania residents to test their homes for radon," Acting DEP Secretary Dana Aunkst said. "Protect yourself and your family from this invisible, cancer-causing, radioactive gas."

Area residents are invited to an open house with DEP's radon professionals to learn more about this threat and how to mitigate it. The open house will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Upper Saucon Township Municipal Building, 5500 Camp Meeting Rd., Center Valley. Residents will receive lists of area companies certified by DEP to perform radon testing, mitigation and laboratory analysis.

DEP has sent letters to more than 500 Center Valley area residents in the local area with very high radon levels urging them to test their homes. Pennsylvania law prohibits DEP from publicly identifying any private residences radon testing results. The department has, however reached out to the local school district to ensure that radon testing has occurred in the schools.

Testing for radon is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated levels of radon. The best time to test is during the cold-weather months when windows and doors are closed and the radon levels are often at their peak. Most test kits can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores at an average cost of $15 to $25 per test.

While radon problems may be more common in certain regions of the state, the potential exists for any home in Pennsylvania to have high radon levels. Radon has been detected in all 67 counties, making Pennsylvania particularly prone to elevated radon levels. About 40 percent of homes in the state having radon levels above EPA's action level.

For this reason DEP certifies all radon testers, mitigators and laboratories doing business in the state. This ensures all radon tests performed provide quality results, and those who remediate radon problems do quality work.

For more information about radon, including information on interpreting test results and finding a Pennsylvania-certified radon contractor, visit, keyword: Radon, or call 800-23-RADON.

Township residents looking for their polling locations can get the information here

Bethlehem Township Police Department announced that it has been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit at the township municipal building. The new Unit will be located at in the main lobby of the municipal building and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.

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To view our Construction update map please click here
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Bethlehem Township
4225 Easton Avenue
Bethlehem, Pa. 18020
Phone: 610-814-6400
Fax: 610-814-6408
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