Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

STRIKING THE RIGHT LIVABILITY BALANCE AS REGION PLANS FUTURE - July 2018

John von Kerczek, Principal Community Planner and Teresa Mackey, Senior Environmental Planner

With its rolling hills, farmland, parks and trails that are close – but not too close – to New York and Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley’s balance of urban, rural and natural landscapes makes it a highly desirable place to live.

 

As the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission drafts “FutureLV: The Regional Plan,” which will serve as a road map carrying the region to 2045 and beyond, the major challenge lies in preserving that delicate balance while also addressing the needs and achieving the goals of a healthy, vibrant and growing community.

 

That’s the message that emanates from a community-wide survey, administered by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and taken by nearly 1,200 people. The commission’s first Valley-wide survey since 2014 has mined vital information to use in drafting a new comprehensive plan for the region.

 

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Sample development typology preference surveyed

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE - March 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Should that patch of farmland or open space in your town be developed for warehouses, homes or just left alone? Should municipal planners spend money on bigger highways or more trails, and how soon should we prepare for driverless cars?

The future of the Lehigh Valley is being shaped right now, and this is your chance to weigh in.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is distributing a 24-question survey to get public input that can help the LVPC as it writes a new Regional Comprehensive Plan that is designed to guide how the Lehigh Valley should grow in the coming decades.

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PETER LEYDEN ENCORE - January 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

If you missed renowned futurist Peter Leyden’s trip into the Lehigh Valley, here’s your chance to, well, go back to the future. Leyden’s 80-minute keynote presentation is now available here for anyone who missed his ground-breaking view of the future, or anyone who just wants to take another look.

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THE FUTURE IS NOW - December 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

How soon will it be commonplace for people to summon driverless cars on their smartphones? How worried should factory workers be about being replaced by robots? And should your business be preparing for climate change?

 

These are among the questions expected to be tackled during the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s daylong “FutureLV – Big Ideas. Bold Conversation.” event on December 6 at Lehigh University’s Iacocca Hall.

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LVPC LAUNCHES DATA PROJECT - November 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Sixteenth century philosopher Sir Francis Bacon is credited with coining the phrase “Knowledge is Power”, but a 21st century update of that might very well say “Data is Knowledge”.

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is launching a data project aimed at giving Lehigh Valley residents more of both. DataLV is envisioned as a statistical snapshot of the Lehigh Valley that can be updated as new data arrives, and married to the LVPC’s ArcGIS Online mapping database to provide people with a one-stop shop for information on everything from housing to transportation to healthcare to education.

 

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Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

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