Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD NOW OPEN
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the locally endorsed list of highway, bridge, and transit projects proposed to be implemented with Federal assistance. The Federal and State Governments designated the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) as the body responsible for preparing the TIP for Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The Federal Government requires that the TIP shall, at a minimum: (1) consist of improvements from the locally developed transportation plan; (2) cover a period of not less than three years; (3) indicate the areas priorities; and (4) include realistic cost estimates of the total cost and revenues for the program period. Both highway and transit projects proposed to be implemented with Federal assistance must be included in an approved TIP as a condition to Federal review and approval.
This packet of materials for public review and comment contains many parts.
Friday, May 20, 2016
$1.27 million in Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects Awarded
Front Street Safety + Connectivity Project:
Bike Education Project:
City of Allentown + Community Bike Works
Jordan Creek Greenway + Trail Project:
South Whitehall Township
Broadway + Delaware Avenue Pedestrian Improvements Project:
Fountain Hill Borough
Bike Path Crossing Safety Improvements:
Two Rivers Trail Gap: Northampton County, Bushkill Township + Plainfield Township
PLANNING + PIZZA
LV Government Academy
The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) will hold public meetings on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at PennDOT District 5 Offices, 1002 Hamilton Street, Allentown, and at 6:00 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) offices, 961 Marcon Blvd, Suite 310, Allentown, PA, to consider the Draft FFY 2017 – 2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The purpose of the public meetings is to solicit comments on this document. A meeting of the LVTS Coordinating Committee will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the LVPC to consider adoption of the TIP.
The TIP lists high priority highway, bridge, and transit projects for the Lehigh Valley from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2020. The report is available for a public review period starting Tuesday, June 14, 2016 and ending on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. The document is available for review during normal business hours at the LVPC offices, PennDOT District 5 offices, LANta offices (1060 Lehigh Street, Allentown), Allentown Public Library (1210 Hamilton Street, Allentown), Bethlehem Area Public Library (11 West Church Street, Bethlehem), and the Easton Area Public Library (515 Church Street, Easton). Comments may be sent via e-mail to MDonchez@lvpc.org, by phone at (610) 264-4544, or in person at the public meetings noted above.
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 Michael Donchez at (610) 264-4544.
$1.27 million in Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects Awarded
The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 awarded the investment of $1.27 million in support of innovative regional and local Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects. Twenty-three (23) municipal application requests competed for an award with the collective ask totaling more than $9 million.
LVPC Releases Housing Market Report
In December 2015, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) released the 2010-2014 Housing Market Report. The report is the continuation of two previous reports, titled Home Buying During Economic Uncertainty: Housing Sales in the Lehigh Valley, PA 2008-2012 and Housing in the Lehigh Valley published by the LVPC in 2014 and 2009, respectively. In addition, the 2014 Regional Housing Plan, a comprehensive look at housing opportunities in the Lehigh Valley, had a portion revisited through the lens of housing sales in the report. The Housing Market Report provides valuable information for municipal staff, elected officials, housing professionals and the general public on housing sales.
Livable Landscapes Adopted
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC), in partnership with Northampton County, completed Livable Landscapes An Open Space Plan for Northampton County (Plan), which was adopted by the County on Thursday, January 7, 2016. The purpose of the Plan is to guide the conservation, restoration and enhancement of the County’s open space resources and create linkages between natural resources; outdoor recreational facilities; greenways and blueways; farmland; and historic, cultural and scenic resources.
Return On Environment Outreach
The Lehigh Valley Return on Environment (ROE) study was completed in 2014 with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities grant program. The purpose for the study was to create conservation leverage, showing that through open space preservation, quality of life can be improved while saving tax dollars and growing the economy. The valuation of open space features will also help prioritize natural areas for conservation.
2016 LTAP Training
Engineering and Traffic Studies:
February 25, 2016 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Managing Utility Cuts:
March 2, 2016, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.
If you have any questions, please contact: Gabriel Hurtado, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission at 610-264-4544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LTAP Contact Information: 400 North Street, 6th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120, phone: 800-FOR-LTAP (367-5827) Fax: (717) 783-9152 e-mail: email@example.com
2016 LVPC + LVTS Meeting Schedules
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.
Housing Market Report
An Open Space Plan for
Long Range Transportation Plan
Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan
Municipal Officials Guide
Profile + Trends
Lehigh Valley Return on Environment
ONE LEHIGH VALLEY
Regional Housing Plan
Climate + Energy Element