Lehigh Valley Planning Commission


April 2019, Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Apartments and warehouses continued their reshaping of the Lehigh Valley development landscape, but for the first time in a decade they’re joined by an old favorite.

The single-family detached home has re-emerged, as developers look to restock the housing inventory that dipped to its lowest level in nearly two decades, according to the BuildLV: 2018 Annual Development Report released Thursday by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

“Housing construction, coupled with commercial development is a great indicator of a healthy economy,” said LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley.

Since 1972, the LVPC has produced an annual development report for the region. What is now called BuildLV has become an integral tool for developers, investors, planners and municipal leaders looking to track development trends across the Lehigh Valley.


ALL IN ON HAZARD MITIGATION - April 2019, Matt Assad, Managing Editor

All 62 Lehigh Valley municipalities. Lehigh and Northampton counties. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The effort to bring the region a greener, more resilient future is now universally endorsed.

The adoption of the Lehigh Valley Hazard Mitigation Plan in March by Northampton County Council ended months of approvals from both counties, every municipality in the Valley, and state and federal authorities for a plan designed to prepare the region for disasters such as hurricanes, winter storms, floods and the drug overdose crisis.

With full adoption, every community in the region is now eligible for federal grants to fund some of the more than 1,100 projects written into the plan by Valley municipal and emergency management leaders.


WORK ZONE DEATHS A MATTER OF SPEED - March 2019, Matt Assad, Managing Editor

You’re driving home from work when you see a construction zone ahead and immediately think “this is going to slow me down.”

Perfect, according to state officials, because that’s what you should expect.

April 8 begins National Work Zone Safety Week, as federal, state and local authorities raise awareness to the need to slow down and be alert when approaching and passing through work zones.

Statewide, nearly 200 people have been killed and more than 2,200 were injured in work zone crashes over the past decade, including eight people who were killed and more than 100 injured in the Lehigh Valley, according to Pennsylvania’s Crash Information database.

Since 1970, 89 PennDOT workers have died in work zone crashes


BUSTING THAT NEW YORK MYTH WITH TREASURE TROVE OF COMMUTER DATA - Becky Bradley, Executive Director, Your View column in The Morning Call, March 24, 2019

People often call the Lehigh Valley a bedroom community of New York City. Not only do we have our own unique identity, but the facts simply don’t back up those assumptions. The parade of “Beemers” streaming across Interstate 78 each day to well-paying jobs in Manhattan isn’t nearly as long as you might think.

Our latest analysis of commuter data reveals some interesting facts about how far people are willing to travel to work here and the strength of the Lehigh Valley job market.

More than 2,000 Valley residents work in Manhattan, according to the latest U.S. Census figures. While that’s no small number, I’d be willing to bet that most people in this region think it’s a lot higher. In reality, it’s dwarfed by the nearly 7,400 people who work in Philadelphia and the more than 14,400 people who work in Montgomery County, primarily in the King of Prussia area. Even if you add all five New York City boroughs together, they draw fewer than 3,500 Lehigh Valley residents there for work.


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