Lehigh Valley Planning Commission





Anyone who attended the LVPC’s “How We’re Growing” Planning + Pizza session knows that nearly 200 new development plans were filed in the first half of 2018 and that industrial development is booming again.  If you missed it, you can find a lot of the details, not only for what development is coming but where it’s proposed, in this PowerPoint presentation that was featured during the session.



On a typical day, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Director of Administration Bruce Rider might handle payroll, administrate planning funds for a region of 650,000 people, pay bills,review contracts, field staff questions and occasionally agree to be arrested for charity.

Sometimes before noon.

It’s the kind of versatility that comes with straddling the administration, finance and human

resources functions at the LVPC.

For Rider, it’s the kind of versatility – and commitment – that’s made him Lehigh Valley Business’ Chief Financial Officer of the Year. Lehigh Valley Business, a website and weekly publication that focuses on business news in the greater Lehigh Valley region, will present the award to Rider during a September 12 event at the DeSales University Center.



A decade ago, Catasauqua faced the challenges of a struggling downtown, a vacant brownfield site and few prospects for new development.

That’s when borough officials decided they would lead the way for downtown rebirth. The borough bought the former Iron Works site and mapped out plans for a new Municipal Building complex that would serve as the anchor for the Waterfront Redevelopment Project.

For that vision, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) named Catasauqua its 2017 Community of Distinction, and Monday the LVPC gave the borough a way to share its honor with people entering the borough.

During a community event at the Municipal Building complex, LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley unveiled steel signs emblazoned with the “Community of Distinction” title and logo, to be placed along borough roads.



The rules are changing for recycling and stormwater runoff and that figures to be more expensive for municipalities, businesses, property owners and residents.

The Lehigh Valley Sustainability Summit, hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, will look to cut through some of the complexities of new government regulations.


  • Experts say a regional approach is essential for tackling freight transportation

    LVB.com, June 22, 2018

    As construction of warehouses and distribution centers continues to increase throughout the region, the challenges of transporting all that freight continue to rise in importance.


    These issues touch on a host of trends and factors, from the changing needs of the labor force to the amount of time people spend driving to and from work navigating busy highways.


    To identify and explore the issues facing freight transportation, several regional organizations hosted an Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Summit at Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus in Bethlehem on Thursday.


    The first day of the event included panel discussions and several speakers, followed by guided tours of manufacturing and distribution facilities in the region today.


    Click here to read the full article.

  • PennDOT focusing on truck parking in Lehigh Valley, other congested areas

    Lehigh Valley Live, June 22, 2018

    Parking for tractor trailers was already a problem in Pennsylvania 11 years ago, and now PennDOT is calling for help with solutions.


    On Thursday, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said the department is moving forward with a public-private partnership, referred to as a P3, to address truck parking in the state.


    Richards spoke at the Eastern Pennsylvania Freight Summit, the first of its kind summit in the state held at Lehigh University's Iacocca Hall.


    Click here to read the full article.

  • As trucking booms, planners scramble to find tractor-trailer parking

    The Morning Call, June 21, 2018

    While the growing presence of tractor trailers has been a complaint of Lehigh Valley residents in recent years, local planners are concerned with the one place they’re not seeing them — designated truck parking spots.


    In the past decade, the Lehigh Valley has seen enormous warehouses spring up to accommodate the growing demand for online retail and overnight delivery. Logistic hubs for Walmart.com and Amazon have moved into warehouses of more than a million square feet in the Lehigh Valley, and FedEx Ground is finishing up a similarly sized warehouse in Allen Township that will be the company’s largest warehouse facility. The transportation and warehousing industries now account for about 8.4 percent of employment in the Lehigh Valley, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


    Click here to read the full article.

  • New Subdivision and Land Development Fee Schedule +

    Plan Signing Requirements

    The LVPC has updated the current fee schedule for services related to Subdivision and Land Development applications. These fees went into effect on October 1, 2017.


    The schedule and submission requirements can be viewed here.


    Click here for the new Plan Signing Requirements

    Click here for the new Subdivision Review Submission Requirements


    Annual Development Report 2017

  • LVTS Public Participation Plan Update

    Public involvement is a vital component of the transportation planning process. Providing full disclosure of plans and programs not only during the development phase but also after the adoption of these plans and programs allows the general public the opportunity to be involved, comment on, and influence the development process. Every person, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, or socio-economic status should have the opportunity to take part in and influence the transportation planning process. This Public Participation Plan provides for and documents the methods utilized by the LVTS to achieve this outcome.


    Full PDF Draft Report click here.


    Click here for the Public Notice on a public meeting related to this plan.

  • The People: Population + Employment Projections 2017

  • BuildLV

    Monthly Development Report


    Long Range Transportation Plan


    Lehigh Valley Regional Freight Plan

  • Regional Comprehensive Plan


    Multimodal Working Group Meetings

    Northampton Community College/Fowler Family Southside Center

    511 E. 3rd Street

    Bethlehem, PA 18015

    Wednesday, September 26, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

    Wednesday, October 17, 3:00-4:30 P.M.

    Wednesday, November 28, 4:00-5:30 P.M.

    Walk/BikeLV Open House

    Northampton Community College/Fowler Family Southside Center

    511 E. 3rd Street

    Bethlehem, PA 18015

    Wednesday, November 28, 6:00-7:30 P.M.

  • Lehigh Valley

    Government Academy 2018


    5:30-9 p.m.

    September 6, September 13, September 20



    5:30-9 p.m.

    October 16, October 23, October 30



    5:30-9 p.m.

    November 1, November 8, November 15


    All courses held at LVPC office

  • Local Technical

    Assistance Program 2018

  • LVPC Meetings


    September 25, 2018

    Environment Committee

    Comprehensive Planning Committee


    September 27, 2018

    Transportation Committee

    LVPC Commission


    October 16, 2018

    Executive Committee


    The following is the schedule of regular monthly meetings and all Committee meetings of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. All Commission and Committee meetings will be held unless otherwise noted at:


    Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

    961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310

    Allentown, PA 18109


    LVPC – meets on the last Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM. Except December.

    Executive Committee – meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:00 PM.

    Comprehensive Planning Committee – meets on the Tuesday immediately preceding LVPC meeting dates at 12:00 PM.

    Environment Committee – meets on the Tuesday immediately preceding LVPC meeting dates at 11:00 AM

    Transportation Committee – meets on the Thursday immediately preceding LVPC meeting dates at 5:30 PM.


    <<Link to LVPC meetings page>>

    <<Link to PDF listing of meetings>>

  • LVTS Meetings

    October 3, 2018

    Technical Committee

    Coordinating Committee


    The following is the schedule of

    regular monthly meetings of the Lehigh

    Valley Transportation Study (LVTS). All

    LVTS meetings will be held, unless

    otherwise noted, at:


    Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

    961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310

    Allentown, PA 18109


    Technical Committee

    Meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:00 AM (except May and December).

    Coordinating Committee

    Meets on the first Wednesday, every

    other month, starting in February at 10:00

    AM (except December).

    Freight Advisory Committee

    Meets four times annually following

    LVTS Coordinating Committee during

    the months of April (2018 only), June, August and December.


    <<Link to LVTS meetings page>>

    <<Link to PDF listing of meetings>>


Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

Fax: (610) 264-2616