Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

HELP LESSEN THE IMPACT OF THE NEXT DISASTER - February 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

There’s no predicting when the Lehigh Valley will see the kind of damaging floods it saw in 2006, or the punishing winds that Superstorm Sandy brought in 2012, but being prepared requires planning now—and your help is needed.

 

The first public meeting to help update the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is scheduled for 7 p.m. February 20, at Pinebrook Family Answers, 402 N. Fulton St., Allentown.

 

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DRIVERLESS CARS, $130M  AQUARIUMS AND 28,000 WAREHOUSE WORKERS - February 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

LVPC FEATURED ON WDIY RADIO - February 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

The Lehigh Valley economy is growing fast, automated cars are coming sooner than you might think, and a $130 million aquarium that once seemed like a dream is now “doable.” Those were among the subjects tackled during the most recent episode of Business Matters on WFMZ-TV, Channel 69. The 30-minute show featured a panel of experts consisting of Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, Discover Lehigh Valley President Michael Stershic, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. President Don Cunningham and Air Products Community Relations and Philanthropy Manager Laurie Gostley Hackett. The episode aired Monday, Jan. 29, but you can find it at: wfmz.com/businessmatters. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> 

 

 

LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley can’t seem to stop talking about the future – and that’s important to maintaining our quality of life and global competitiveness. The LVPC and its two-year effort to write a new Regional Comprehensive Plan was featured during an hourlong radio show on WDIY-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate based in Bethlehem. The show originally aired January 18, on WDIY-FM, 88.1. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> <<LINK TO SHOW RECORDING >> 

 

 

A NEW CLASS OF CITIZEN PLANNERS - January 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Some were public officials looking to better understand their leadership role, some were professional planners bolstering their expertise and a few were private residents who were curious about how their community is run.

A new class of eight Citizen Planners was recognized Thursday for completing more than 30 hours of Lehigh Valley Government Academy courses offered at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission offices.

“The Commission would like to recognize all the folks who have spent hours and hours and hours getting their planning certification,” said LVPC Chairman Stephen Repasch.

To be eligible, participants had to complete three of the four courses offered at the academy. Available courses are Community Planning, Subdivision and Land Development Review, Zoning, and Zoning Administration.

 

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REPASCH ELECTED LVPC CHAIR - January 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

The New Year brought new leadership at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, as Stephen Repasch takes over as Chair of the 37-member board after he was elected during the Commission’s annual reorganization. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> 

 

 

PETER LEYDEN ENCORE - January 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

AIRPORT AREA STUDY TO MEASURE WAREHOUSE IMPACT - January 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Hundreds of acres of land that not long ago were farmed for corn, soybean and wheat just north of the Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA) will soon be sprouting warehouses the size of a dozen football fields. Gone are the tractors that once tilled the fields, soon to be replaced by tractor-trailers delivering goods and cars driven by hundreds of new warehouse and distribution center workers. The impact of all that change in the communities near LVIA is about to be put under a microscope during a six-month Airport Area Transportation Study being shepherded by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> 

 

 

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. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> 

 

 

PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PROJECTS GET $1.3 MILLION - December 2017

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) issued $1.32 million in Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TASA) program grants Monday, after whittling more than $10 million worth of applications to five projects designed to make communities safer. The grants are issued every two years for bicycle, pedestrian and transit-related projects not covered in the region’s four-year $458 million program that maintains the region’s road, bridge and transit networks. <<LINK TO FULL ARTICLE>> 

 

 

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