SUMMER INFORMATION SERIES
Lehigh Valley Planning Events
October 1, 2015
LVPC is excited to announce our second annual Lehigh Valley Planning + Development Gala and the Lehigh Valley Awards to be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
The celebration honors the region's public, private and non-profit partners for excellence in planning + development. Also, hear from International Expert, Ignacio Bunster-Ossa on communities that are development friendly, environmentally balanced and economically sustainable.
Lehigh Valley Government Academy
Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
September 9, 2015:
ROADSIDE SAFETY FEATURES
September 14, 2015: STORMWATER FACILITY OPERATION & MAINTENANCE
October 8, 2015:
October 14, 2015:
POLYMER MODIFIED EMULSION ASPHALT PAVING SYSTEM
(NEW FOR 2015)
November 5, 2015:
SIGNS & SAFETY FEATURES FOR BRIDGES/CULVERTS
(NEW FOR 2015)
November 13, 2015:
Municipal Officials Guide
Profile + Trends
Lehigh Valley Return on Environment
ONE LEHIGH VALLEY
Regional Housing Plan
Climate + Energy Element
Traffic Trends Report
Traffic Trends Report
for selected Lehigh Valley Locations
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) annually conducts approximately 100 traffic counts throughout Lehigh and Northampton counties under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Statewide, 8,000 traffic counts are performed annually. The counts are useful in monitoring traffic flows, determining traffic background growth rates, calibrating the regional travel demand forecasting model, projecting future traffic volumes, determining road design, allocating Federal funds, determining priorities for improvement projects, assessing air quality impacts, and maintaining congestion management systems. In addition, commercial realtors and developers utilize the data for marketing properties.
Lehigh Valley Planning Awards + Development Gala and Awards
LVPC is excited to invite you to our second annual Lehigh Valley Planning + Development Gala and the Lehigh Valley Awards to be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at DeSales University, Center Valley, PA.
The celebration honors the region's public, private and non-profit partners for excellence in planning + development.
Also, we are pleased to welcome Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, International Expert on landscape architecture and urban design, as our keynote speaker for this year's event. Hear from Bunster-Ossa on communities that are development friendly, environmentally balanced and economically sustainable. Locally, he played an integral role in the design of the Hoover-Mason Trestle as well as the SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus.
• 4:00 pm Cocktails + Networking
• 5:00 pm Program + Keynote Speech
• 5:45 pm Dinner
• 6:45 pm Awards
$30.00 per person. Chicken | Steak | Vegetarian
Please note any allergies. RSVP by Friday, September 18th. Register online at our event webpage.
Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact Tracy Oscavich, Associate Director of Development at email@example.com or 610-264-4544
Coverage of Return On Environment report
Executive Director Becky Bradley discusses the Return on Environment report with President Chris Kocher of Wildlands Conservancy and WFMZ here.
LVTS Releases Draft
Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan
LVTS will release a draft of MoveLV – Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan for a 30-day public review and comment period beginning on Thursday, July 2, 2015 and closing on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED
The plan addresses freight transportation system performance, including freight flows by commodity, tonnage, and value; identifies regional transportation assets, performance, and conditions; identifies trends, needs, and issues; and addresses goals, policies, and recommendations. The document is available for review during normal business hours at the offices of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA), PennDOT District 5 Offices (1002 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA), LANta offices (1060 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA), Allentown Public Library (1210 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA), Bethlehem Area Public Library (11 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA), and the Easton Area Public Library (6th and Church Streets, Easton, PA). The draft Plan can also be found on the LVPC’s website at www.lvpc.org. The LVTS Technical Committee will consider the plan on Monday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m. It is anticipated that the LVTS Coordinating Committee will adopt the plan on Wednesday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m. Both meetings will be held at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission office. LVTS is committed to compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of applicable civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations and policies. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. With advance notification, accommodations may be provided for those with special needs related to language, sight or hearing. If you have a request for a special need, wish to file a complaint, or desire additional information, please contact 610-264-4544.
Draft Long Range Transportation Plan
LVTS released a draft of MoveLV – the Long Range Transportation Plan 2015 – 2040 for a 33-day public review and comment period beginning on Friday, May 29, 2015 and closing on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm.
OFFICIAL PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
IS NOW CLOSED
MoveLV addresses transportation system performance, identifies needs and financial resources, and lists priorities. The document is available for review during normal business hours at the offices of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA), PennDOT District 5 Offices (1002 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA), LANta offices (1060 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA), Allentown Public Library (1210 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA), Bethlehem Area Public Library (11 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA), and the Easton Area Public Library (6th and Church Streets, Easton, PA). The draft Plan can also be found on the LVPC’s website at www.lvpc.org/movelv.html. On July 9th, LVTS will adopt MoveLV. LVTS is committed to compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of applicable civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations and policies. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. With advance notification, accommodations may be provided for those with special needs related to language, sight or hearing. If you have a request for a special need, wish to file a complaint, or desire additional information, please contact 610-264-4544.
LVPC-PennDesign POP-UP Exhibit
Lehigh Valley leaders to Congress: Fix our roads and bridges before it's too late
Pipeline Planning to Reduce Risks
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Berks County Planning Commission, and Bucks County Planning Commission and Albright College’s Center for Excellence in Local Government worked with the League of Women Voters to provide pipeline planning information to our communities at Cedar Crest College in late September 2014.
As follow-up, the League of Women Voters has prepared a resource reference document the LVPC Environment Committee would like to share with you.
The LVPC is developing a resource center to provide accurate, objective information and support to the region’s municipalities as pipelines become a regular part of our lexicon.
Please visit our Pipeline Resource Center for more information.
2015 Meeting Schedules
2015 Meeting schedules are as follows:
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) – meets on the last Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM. Exceptions include November and December.
Executive Committee - meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 4:00 PM, except April and September.
Comprehensive Planning Committee – meets on the Tuesday immediately preceding LVPC meeting dates at 12:00 PM, except September.
Environment Committee – meets on the Tuesday immediately preceding LVPC meeting dates at 11:00 AM, except September.
Transportation Committee – meets on the Thursday immediately preceding LVPC meeting dates at 5:00 PM.
Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS)
Technical Committee - Meets on the last Monday of every month at 9:00 AM. Except May and December.
Coordinating Committee- Meets on the first Wednesday, bi-monthly, starting in February at 10:00 AM.
WDIY Lehigh Valley Discourse
Host Sally Handlon welcomed guest Becky Bradley, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, for a discussion on the Lehigh Valley: Live, Work and Play: Part 2 -- An update of the regional planning efforts that have occurred in 2014.
(Original air-date 11/20/2014)
An Inaugural Celebration of Excellence in Planning
Allentown, PA: The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) revealed the names of Winners and Honorees for the Inaugural Celebration of Excellence in Planning at Lehigh University, Iacocca Hall on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The event held a dual purpose: in addition to announcing the Winners and Honorees, LVPC also released 1LV, the sustainability report on a three-year, fourteen regional partnership. A $3.4 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made this report possible.
About the Awards
For the 2014 Lehigh Valley Awards, a diverse panel of judges selected a winner from among the candidates in each category. The LVPC recognized these winners at the Ceremony on October 23 at Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University.
Slideshows of Winners and Honorees are available on the LVPC website via this link.
The Community of Distinction award honors the City of Bethlehem for plans and policies that most consistently support efficient and sustainable development, land management and resourcefulness. LVPC will work with Bethlehem to install signs that acknowledge this prestigious achievement at the primary gateways to the city.
Transportation Alternatives Program Applications Approved
PennDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was recently completed as the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) approved nine new projects for funding in June. The TAP program is a federal cost reimbursement program, administered by PennDOT, which provides funding for the preservation and conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails, construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists, and historic preservation of transportation facilities. The TAP program was created under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). “Similar programs of this nature have been in existence since the early 1990s and have provided nearly $20 million in funding since their inception”, according to Michael Donchez, Senior Transportation Planner with the LVPC. These types of programs previously awarded funding in 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010.
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission worked jointly with PennDOT District 5 and their transportation enhancement consultant to screen and evaluate the 22 applications totaling $5,426,876 in requested funds. The approved applications total $1,326,190. The construction phase of these projects will be paid 100% using federal funds.
Business Matters- FedEx Jobs vs. NIMBY Syndrome- What wins?
Original Airdate: 3/31/14 | Guests: Bob Heimbecker - Hanover Township Council & Concerned Citizen, Robert Nappa - East Allen Resident, Don Cunningham - Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Becky Bradley - Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Will Allentown rebirth end the suburbs?
Cities will continue to attract jobs, businesses and additional investments in the years to come as lifestyles and demographics continue to evolve,