Photo by Loy Elliott
BALANCING CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT
Getting Creative in Rural Economic Development
The health of rural communities is a crucial aspect of regional economic development. Rural communities tend to provide a lower cost of living, an abundance of space, and a strong sense of place. To complement these strengths and promote economic diversification in these communities, effective economic development in rural areas needs to actively build upon existing assets, strengthen the community, and build long-term value to attract a range of investments.
Development Design that protects resources, channels growth while conserving land, improves the built environment + Planning and Visioning
Multi-Modal Transit/Alternative Transportation
PennDOT Connects requirements to meet with local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and Rural Planning Organizations (RPO) are being implemented on new projects on the state’s 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Collaboration will occur for projects without previously defined project phases, those that haven’t started Preliminary Engineering or started Preliminary Engineering after July 1, 2016. This equates to roughly 280 projects worth $2 billion.
To complement this ongoing collaboration, PennDOT is incorporating the policy into its applicable manuals and program processes. In addition, training is being developed for department staff and professionals at the MPOs and RPOs.
Projects on the state’s 2017-2020 TIP are viewable at www.projects.penndot.gov.
Plan for the Valleys & The Valleys Planning Council
an example of community-based preservation
Power Lines, Pipelines, and Protected Lands: Standing up for Places in the Path of Energy Transmission
Township Open Space Preservation & Environmental Advisory Councils
a model of development that helps cities, towns, and municipalities to become financially strong and resilient
Water Quality & Quantity Issues
Next Generation Farmer Loan (York)
Food Processing & Agribusiness Financing (Cumberland Valley Area)
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) – apprenticeships, recycling, economic opportunities, farm jobs, grants, guides + more
FACTS & FIGURES: RESOURCES TO SUPPORT ‘LANDSCAPE RESOURCES’ PLANNING, PROTECTION, & PRESERVATION
Parks & Open Space
Good for you. Good for all.
- Website (see ‘Resources’ at bottom of their page)
Cultural Landscape Assessment for Michaux State Forest & South Mountain region
Older, Smaller, Better: New Findings from Preservation Green Lab
York County, PA Heritage Preservation Plan, element of County Comprehensive Plan
REGIONAL APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION
Plan for the Valleys & The Valleys Planning Council – an example of community-based preservation