The purpose of the Nazareth Area Multi-Municipal Plan is to enable the Boroughs of Bath, Chapman, Nazareth, Stockertown and Tatamy and the Townships of Bushkill, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Moore and Upper Nazareth to shape their collective vision for the future.

Each municipality keeps its autonomy and control, but planning as a region enables them to take advantage of geographic similarities and address common priorities, while better managing an evolving development landscape.

The Multi-Municipal Plan allows them to determine common goals and objectives for areas of land use, housing, air quality, transportation, development, recreational facilities, the conservation of natural and scenic resources, the preservation of farmland and fostering economic development, in addition to identifying ways to share resources.

The Plan serves as a road map for the future, but is also a living document that can be changed and updated as trends and conditions evolve. The first Comprehensive plan for the Nazareth Area was adopted in 2007. This 2022 Plan is the first update.

Crafting a new plan included a public engagement campaign that reached into every corner of the Nazareth Area for input from residents, businessowners, educators, municipal officials and community leaders. It involved monthly Steering Committee meetings and a detailed housing, economic, demographics and land use analysis.