The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission was formed by Lehigh and Northampton counties in 1961 to create a comprehensive plan to guide orderly growth in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Since our creation we have been dedicated to providing the best planning possible to the counties and 62 municipalities in the Lehigh Valley. We maintain a professional staff that is able to provide a wide variety of planning services to municipalities in the region.
The purpose of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the Lehigh Valley region in accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. In addition, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission declares the following purpose:
• To provide the orderly growth, development and redevelopment of the Lehigh Valley in accordance with the long-term objectives, principles and standards that are in the best interest and welfare of its inhabitants and political subdivisions.
• To coordinate and integrate the plans for orderly growth, development and redevelopment of the Lehigh Valley.
• To improve the social and economic climate of the region.
• To encourage appropriate land use through implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Plan.
• To encourage the maximum utilization of the existing infrastructure and to plan for new infrastructure as needed to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Regional Comprehensive Plan.
• To promote the conservation of energy, land, water and air in the Lehigh Valley and the preservation of unique historic and natural features.
• To promote and assist in achieving improved traffic and transportation flow.
• To collect and distribute useful regional data.
The Commission is made up of 37 members who are appointed by each county government. They include elected and appointed officials and county citizens.
The professional staff is responsible for operating the LVPC on a day-to-day basis.