• BUILDLV: Lehigh Valley Annual Development Report
  • Municipal Officials Guide

  • Profile + Trends

  • Lehigh Valley Return on Environment


  • 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.


    March 2014 Report PDF


  • LVTS Welcomes USDOT




    In anticipation of Federal Certification Review, the December 2, 2015 LVTS Coordinating Committee meeting will be combined with the regularly scheduled LVTS Technical Committee meeting. The joint meeting will begin on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, 961 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, PA.


    The Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration (FHWA/FTA) will be conducting a review of the planning process for the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS). LVTS is the organization responsible for transportation planning and project programming in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. On Friday, December 4, 2015 there will be two public meetings held at the PennDOT District 5-0 conference room, 1002 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA to solicit input on the transportation planning process in the Lehigh Valley area. The first meeting is for Public Officials and will begin at 10:00 a.m. A meeting for the General Public and other Interested Parties will follow at 11:00 a.m. The public, elected officials, and other parties interested in commenting on the transportation planning process in the Lehigh Valley are invited to attend.


    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. Contact Michael Donchez at (610) 264-4544 if you require disability related accommodations, language assistance services, or other special need. Please make any such request a minimum of 10-days prior to the event so that proper accommodations can be made. Contact George Kinney or Michael Donchez of the LVPC, (610) 264-4544 with all other inquiries and questions.


  • LVTS Adopts MOVELV Reports

    LVTS adopts MOVELV reports: Long Range Transportation Plan, Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan and the Air Quality Conformity Analysis Report.  The Long Range Transportation Plan is the locally-developed, fiscally constrained, 25-year plan addressing highway, bridge, air, public transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian modes of travel.  The Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan identifies freight trends, needs and issues, goals and policies, and recommendations.  The Air Quality Conformity Analysis accompanies the Long Range Transportation Plan and documents compliance with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

  • Annual LVPC Awards Event to Honor Region’s Best in Planning and Development

    ALLENTOWN, PA – October 2, 2015 – The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission honored seven local public, private and non-profit projects for planning and development excellence at the 2nd Annual Lehigh Valley Planning & Development Gala and Awards last night at DeSales University in Center Valley.


    A panel of judges selected this year’s winners and honorees based on originality and innovation; compatibility with the community; effectiveness and results; how the community was engaged; and transferability of the project, plan or ordinance.


    • Plan, planning policy or ordinance – Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods: The Center City Initiative (a.k.a. Upside Allentown)
    • Land development/use  – Easton Intermodal Terminal
    • Open space project or initiative – Weona Park Mini-Golf Course, Pen Argyl Borough
    • Environmental or revitalization project or initiative – Hoover Mason Trestle, Bethlehem
    • Transportation project or initiative – Chrin Interchange, Palmer Township
    • Multi-municipal cooperation project or initiative – Heidelberg, Lynn, Lowhill and Weisenberg Townships in Lehigh County
    • Community of Distinction for a strong commitment to quality and effective planning and development over time  - Bushkill Township


    “These plans and projects are the region’s best.  They showcase the relationship between the public and private sectors and the thousands of good citizens that make the Lehigh Valley community truly great,” notes Becky Bradley, LVPC Executive Director.






  • LVPC Newsletters

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

    See Commission Meetings for updates and listing of dates.


    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.

    See Transportation Committees for updates and list of dates.

  • 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)


    Link to WDIY webpage


  • 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.


    Click here for additional Information

  • 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,


    Link to the Lehigh Valley Business article.


Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

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Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

Fax: (610) 264-2616