Land Use Visioning Conferences
Land Use Visioning Conference II
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
together with the PA 23 EIS Project Team held the second Land Use Visioning Conference
on June 19 & 20, 2003. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss potential
future land use patterns linked to the remaining PA 23 EIS study transportation
alternatives, and to consider planning strategies that would help maintain the
quality of life for these communities.
Lancaster County forecasts of population and employment growth show that the
municipalities in the study area will continue to grow. These communities can
expect increased development pressure regardless of whether a transportation improvement
is constructed. Municipal officials, community advisory committee members and
representatives from state and federal regulatory agencies were invited to the
Visioning Conference to review the latest land use studies and to provide the
EIS study team with their perspectives about how to manage the future growth forecast
for the study area.
Local land use decisions are ultimately the responsibility of municipal officials
and the communities they serve. However, the EIS study provides a great opportunity
to discuss how future development might change study area communities and explore
strategies to manage future growth in the PA 23 EIS study area. Conference participants
were asked to provide feedback and recommendations about what future development
patterns are more or less acceptable, and what strategies need to be put in place
to manage future growth. These recommendations will be considered as the study
team refines the land use scenarios.
For more information about the results of the Second Land Use Visioning Conference,
click on the Land
Use Visioning Conference II Meeting Minutes, June 19th-20th, 2003.
Land Use Visioning Conference I
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation together with the PA 23 EIS Project
Team held the first of a series of Land Use Visioning Conferences on May 23rd
and May 28th, 2002. The conference was attended by municipal and county officials,
Community Advisory Committee Members, and representatives from the state and federal
resource agencies. The purpose of the conference was to review past and current
land use practices based on the existing County and municipality comprehensive
plans and zoning ordinances.
Visioning conference participants reviewed population data for Lancaster County
from 1980 through 2002; recent development activities from 1994 through 2002;
and projected population and employment information for the year 2000 through
2030. Additional data that was reviewed included details on agricultural soils
and easements, historic resources, sewer and water service areas, urban and village
growth areas, employment centers, patterns of accessibility, and the local road
network and functional classifications. Information on growth projections ranged
from 2002 to 2030.
This information generated from the conference is being used to generate preliminary
land use strategies to be used in conjunction with the transportation alternatives
currently being studied. These strategies will be presented and analyzed at the
second Land Use Visioning Conference to be held in June 2003.
For more information about the results of the First Land Use Visioning Conference,
click on the Visioning
Conference Meeting Minutes, May 23rd and May 28th, 2002. Please check back
later for the results of the Second Visioning Conference.