Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

THE FUTURE IS NOW - December 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

PENNDOT WANTS A FEW GOOD INVENTORS - December 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

If you’re a municipal worker who has channeled your inner MacGyver, then the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants to hear from you. PennDOT has opened its annual Build a Better Mousetrap Competition, in search of municipal and road crew workers who have found innovative ways to solve problems. Anyone snickering at the state’s effort to inject some friendly competition into the exciting world of municipal maintenance might be interested to know that Lehigh Valley workers have gotten good at winning this thing. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> 

 

 

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 Iococca Hall. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> <<LINK TO EVENT REGISTRATION PAGE>>

 

 

LTAP 2018 READY TO BEGIN - December 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Not everyone needs to know what type of road sign should warn motorists of a sharp curve or the exact design of a sidewalk wheelchair ramp, but if those things are in your job description, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has a course for you. The 2018 Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) courses begin in January, and registration is now open for 14 classes that include the popular “Safe Driver” instruction and several new courses such as “Curves on Local Roads” and “Speed Limits and Speed Management.” <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> <<LINK TO CLASS INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION DETAILS>>

 

 

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. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>>

 

 

LVTS CREATES BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN-TRANSIT BOARD - November 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

LVPC FEATURED ON RCN TV - October 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

CATASAUQUA DISTINCTLY COMMITTED TO GOOD PLANNING - October 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Anyone who has ventured into the heart of Catasauqua Borough’s business district knows that it looks very different than it did just a year ago. That kind of change didn’t come without vision and a commitment to solid planning principals, not to mention an $11 million investment. Catasauqua was named the 2017 “Community of Distinction” Tuesday during the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s 4th Annual Planning + Development Gala at DeSales University Center.  <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>>

 

 

With a growing number of people looking for ways to spend less time in their cars, the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study in October created the region’s first Multimodal Transportation Working Group. The group will serve as an advisory board of the LVTS, not only giving greater voice to people advocating for more funding for alternative transportation, but helping the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission collect information as it devises the region’s first master plan for pedestrian, biking and transit, said LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley.  <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>>

 

 

Lights. Camera. Action! The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission was featured on RCN TV4 cable television’s “Community Spotlight.”  During a 30-minute taping done Thursday, RCN Host Dan Mowdy dug into ongoing issues that included warehouse and apartment development across the region, farmland preservation and the Hazard Mitigation Plan being updated by the Planning Commission in 2018.

 

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BUILDLV 2017 REVEALS SPIKE IN WAREHOUSE AND APARTMENT BUILDING - September 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

It is a mosaic that was 12 months in the making and when the Lehigh Valley’s 2016 development picture came into focus two things were clear: the region is in the midst of an unprecedented warehousing boom and developers are building five times as many apartments as single-family homes.

 

LVPC’s annual development report has become a must-read for municipal officials, real estate brokers, the economic development community and anyone who cares about how their community develops land.  The full report includes a menu of interactive maps, designed by LVPC Senior GIS Planner Justin Barclay, that provide development data for every municipality.

 

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LVPC PREPARING THE LEHIGH VALLEY FOR DISASTER - September 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Even before Harvey and Irma arrived, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission was working on a plan to help the region better withstand the kind of destruction that swept through Texas and Florida earlier this month.

 

With help from a federal grant, the LVPC in August launched a more than yearlong effort to update a Hazard Mitigation Plan that will spell out how each of the Valley’s 62 municipalities should prepare and respond to both natural and manmade disasters.  A process that will include input by community leaders, emergency management officials and private citizens from across the region is scheduled to yield a new plan by October of 2018.

 

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NEW ROUTE 22 BRIDGE TO OPEN THIS FALL - September 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

After more than a year of driving through construction along Route 22, Lehigh Valley motorists will soon get a chance to drive on a newly-minted bridge across the Lehigh River.

 

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