Lehigh Valley Planning Commission



  This plan represents the culmination of nearly two years of intensive research, community engagement and development

  of a collective vision for the six municipalities in Southwestern Lehigh County: Lower Macungie Township, Upper Milford

  Township, Lower Milford Township, and the boroughs of Macungie, Alburtis and Emmaus. These municipalities first

  engaged in the multimunicipal planning process in 2001 and adopted a shared Comprehensive Plan in 2005. The

  following document is the first complete update to that Multimunicipal Comprehensive Plan.


  Click here to view the entire plan PDF.



This plan is a vision of the future of the ten municipalities in the Nazareth Area that places special importance on the preservation of natural features, farmland, open space and historic resources. It is hoped that the plan can initiate a set of actions that protect and preserve the existing desirable features of the Nazareth area and provide for orderly and responsible growth through this period.


Click here to view the entire plan PDF.



   The footprints of the Slate Belt industry - one of the largest contributors to Pennsylvania’s 19th century economy – dot

   the landscape of one of the most diverse economic, cultural and natural landscapes within the Lehigh Valley. These

   ‘Slatelands’ were the subject of a thrilling collection of work undertaken by students of the PennDesign School of

   Landscape Architecture during the fall semesters of 2015 and 2016 and focus on re-visioning overlooked and

   undervalued assets.


   The design proposals envision a regional resurrection through the coordination of strategies ranging from economically-

   driven development within small town cores to subtle, environmentally-driven tactics in the peripheral wetlands and fens.

   Although the radical re-interpretations of the Slate Belt’s landscapes may allude to fantasy, they are in fact the seeds of

   very real possibilities for a not-too-distant future. The thoughtful and bold ideas captured in the PennDesign work

   establishes a framework for the Slate Belt’s future and underpins the planning and implementation occurring in the

   months and years to come.


The work was presented in a pop-up exhibit on May 12, 2017 at Tolino Vineyard, attracting a lively crowd and generating positive discussion about opportunities for engagement in the future of the Slate Belt. Check out the photos from the event below!


The complete set of PennDesign projects is now available for view in the Slatelands Exhibition Book.

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