Lycoming County Comprehensive Plan Update 2016
Comprehensive Plan Update Overview
County planning commissions are required by Pennsylvania law to review and update their comprehensive plans every ten years. In 2015, our staff began the process to update the 2006 Comprehensive Plan and multi-municipal plans. This process will take approximately two years and include significant involvement from municipal and community stakeholders, opportunities for public participation, and research, mapping, and data analysis effort.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is a general policy guide for the physical, social and economic development of the Lycoming County community. Although it is not a regulatory document, the Pennsylvania Municipalities Code (MPC), Act 247 of 1968, as reenacted and amended, is enabling legislation that requires the Comprehensive Plan to consider many factors that influence a community such as location, character and timing of future development.
It is also a process of organizing for the future. It creates a blueprint for our land use patterns of tomorrow. Community planning is an organized way or process of thinking about tomorrow. By thinking about how a community changed in the past can help predict what changes might be in store for the future. When this type of thinking translates into action, it needs to be done in an orderly fashion and made part of a routine administrative process.
What does a Comprehensive Plan Do?
The Comprehensive Plan evaluates existing land use, transportation systems, housing, community facilities and services, natural and cultural resources, water supply needs, and opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation. The Plan projects future growth trends based on these analyses and proposes the best possible policies and implementation tools to accommodate expected growth while protecting the County’s vast and precious resources. This Comprehensive Plan will have a significant focus on sustainability, energy efficiency, and community resiliency.
Planning Advisory Teams (PAT)
The County is divided into planning areas for the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update that will focus on future opportunities in each area.
The purpose of each Planning Advisory Teams (PAT) is to provide input, feedback, and pertinent information pertaining to the development of the Comprehensive Plan for each planning area, as well as to present issues and concerns facing the future of Lycoming County. Each PAT is comprised of representatives from each municipality and key stakeholders.
ROLES, RESPONSIBILITIES & OPERATING PROCEDURES
Please click on the planning area of interest below for full meeting notes and materials
The Growth Planning Areas are:
The Rural Planning Areas are:
2016 Focus Group Results
Focus Groups Summary
Many opportunities for public involvement will be held across multiple platforms, including public meetings, focus groups, surveys, and social media outreach. It is vital that the public become involved and engaged in the process.
Kim Wheeler, Deputy Director
Lycoming County Comprehensive Plan 2006
Plans Referenced in the 2006 Plan
Plans Referenced in County Comp. Plan
Lycoming 2030: Plan the Possible is supported in part by a grant from the Lycoming Economic Development Foundation Fund of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.