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                                                                              the official newsletter of the

             Spring 2001
                                                       Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code
                                                               Sees Important Revisions

                                                          There are some basic rules of          enables counties and municipalities to
                                                     government. This nation, for instance,      plan for growth and regulate
                                                     consists of fifty sovereign governments,    development is known as the
                                                     known as states.                                                 Municipalities
                                                     The states are                                                   Planning Code,
                                                     joined together                                                  Act 247 of 1968,
                                                     under a federal                                                  or the “MPC”.
                                                     government                                                       Over the years
                                                     called “The                                                      the    General
                                                     United States of                                                Assembly has
      IN THIS ISSUE                                  America”. In                                                    amended the
G PA Municipal Planning Code
                                                     turn, each state government can create      MPC. The most recent and far-reaching
  Revisions .........................Page 1
                                                     subdivisions of the state, known as         update of the MPC occurred this past
G Zoning Lexicon for Lancaster
  County .............................Page 3         counties. Within the counties, states       summer, when the General Assembly
                                                     may further incorporate municipalities.     passed and the Governor signed into
G Master Planner
  Summer/Fall 2000 Class                             Since both the counties and                 law Acts 67 and 68 of 2000. Former
  Graduates .......................Page 4            municipalities are created by the state,    Chairman of the Lancaster County
G Master Planner Course Receives                     county and municipal governments can        Board of Commissioners, Terry
  Award .............................Page 4          only perform those powers that are          Kauffman, played a pivotal role in the
G Lancaster County’s Brownfields                     expressly granted to them by the state.     amendment process. As Chairman of
  Initiative .........................Page 5         This grant of power is made by the state    10,000
G Towns with Trails !                                legislature in the form of enabling laws.   Friends of
  ..........................................Page 6        In Pennsylvania the law that           Pennsylvania,
G Clean and Green Act - Com-
  mercial Enterprises on Enrolled
  Properties ........................Page 7
                                                       “The MPC revisions are an important step forward
G The Loss Of A Friend .....Page 7
                                                       in giving municipal leaders the authority to work
G Save Our Soil ................Page 8
                                                       cooperatively and wisely in keeping special places
G Brownfield Redevelopment in
                                                       in Pennsylvania, such as LancasterCounty,wonderful
  Manheim Borough .........Page 9
                                                       places to live and work.” Paul Thibault, Chairman,           Paul Thibault,
G Cell Towers and Section 106                                                                                    Chairman, Lancaster
  Review ...........................Page 10
                                                       Lancaster County Board of Commissioners                     County Board of
G LCPC Economic Development
  Division .........................Page 11
G U.L. Uses Contest .........Page 12                                                                                    (Continued Page 2)

MPC Revisions
(From page 1)

Kauffman helped legislators to improve the
Commonwealth’s planning enabling
legislation. Members of the Lancaster
Legislative Delegation worked long hours
to create legislation that would, in
particular, give municipal governments new
tools to effectively preserve farmland, reduce                    municipal basis, and
sprawl, and improve traffic flow.                                 requires the courts, in
      Effective February 2001, the revised MPC allows             reviewing any individual
counties and municipal governments to work more                   municipality’s plan or
closely to effectively deal with the many issues of               zoning, to consider the
land use, traffic congestion, air and water quality,              provisions of the regional
and economic growth. Current Chairman of the                      plan. In addition, the
Board of County Commissioners, Paul Thibault, calls               revised MPC repealed
the revision to the MPC “an important step forward                requirements for
in giving municipal leaders the authority to work                 additional bureaucratic      Howard “Pete” Shaub,
cooperatively and wisely in keeping special places                complexity, by allowing          Vice-Chairman,
                                                                                             Lancaster County Board of
in Pennsylvania, such as Lancaster County,                        municipalities to                 Commissioners
wonderful places to live and work.”                               implement multi-
     To the credit of the leadership of the Board of              municipal comprehensive plans with their existing
County Commissioners and the municipal officials,                 planning commissions and individual ordinances.
much of the revised MPC was based on the work that                Municipalities that participate in multi-municipal
has been accomplished in Lancaster County. The MPC                comprehensive plans which are consistent with the
now encourages consistent planning and zoning,                    county comprehensive plan and which are consistently
establishment of targeted growth areas (what we define            implemented through municipal zoning and
                                with urban growth                 subdivision regulations, will be given priority for state
                                boundaries), preservation         funding.
                                of prime agricultural land,           Under the revised MPC, municipalities may
                                protection of natural and         enter into intergovernmental cooperative
                                historic      resources,          agreements for the purpose of developing, adopting,
                                development of safe and           and implementing a comprehensive plan. County
                                efficient transportation,         Commissioner Ron Ford sees this as “a tremendous
                                and creation of housing           opportunity for the County of Lancaster and
                                opportunities for all             municipalities to work cooperatively to revitalize
                                segments of a region’s            our city and boroughs, enhance our suburban
                                population.                       communities, and preserve our agricultural and
 Ron Ford, Lancaster County       For the first time, the         natural resources.”
      of Commissioners
                                MPCspecificallyprovides               County Commissioner Pete Shaub also sees this
                                for planning on a multi-          as an opportunity to improve the development
                                                                              process. County planning commissions
                                                                              are now required by the MPC to develop
                                                                              guidelines to assist municipalities in
                                                                              attaining consistency in planning and
                                                                              greater uniformity in regulation. This will
                                                                              reduce the complexity of Lancaster
                                                                              County’s 60 different zoning ordinances.

                                                                                                       (Continued Page 10)

Zoning Lexicon for Lancaster County
    The subject of zoning is a complex one. A zoning ordinance describes in detail the uses that are
permitted, and categorizes these uses into specific districts according to type and intensity. There
are 60 zoning ordinances within the county’s 60 municipalities, and no two zoning ordinances are
identical. In sheer numbers there are over 500 different zoning districts countywide. The most
zoning districts within any one urbanized area is 15, while the largest number found within a
single township is 17. However, some boroughs and townships have as few as four different
districts. The Lancaster County Planning Commission intends to take steps to help clarify the
complexity caused by this convoluted patchwork of regulations.


“Lexicon”: a book containing an alphabetical arrangement of words in a language and their definitions.

   Recently enacted amendments to the MPC require counties to publish advisory guidelines to
promote general consistency with the county comprehensive plan and uniformity in ordinance
terminology. The development of a zoning lexicon for the county is one tool that can effectively
achieve these objectives.


  This project entails categorizing similar zoning districts among many municipalities and devising
a common name for each category. The project will not replace municipal zoning districts or
zoning ordinance regulations. Instead, it will attempt to find a common designation for similar


   Gannett Fleming, Inc. has been chosen by the LCPC to develop the zoning lexicon. The consultant
team, led by Richard N. Koch, AICP, will spend approximately 14 months working with the county
staff and local municipalities to complete this project.


        A lexicon will allow for uniform standards that provide predictability and help developers
understand how comprehensive plan policies can be achieved. This allows development projects
to be consistent with municipal planning goals. Consistency and predictability are primary elements
in the location of development projects and can provide positive economic impacts to a community.
        Widespread use of a zoning lexicon should result in an efficient decision making process
that consumes less time and money. These savings are not only a benefit to governments with
limited resources, but influence the profitability, and, to some extent, the feasibility of development
projects as well. Much of, the county’s future economic sustainability and quality of life could
hinge on the success of this project.
        For more information on the Zoning Lexicon, contact Patricia Lang, Principal Community Planner for the Lancaster County Planning
Commission. email

Master Planner Summer / Fall 2000 Class Graduates
      On November 16, 2000, community leaders from a wide mix of professional
backgrounds were recognized as “Master Planners” by the Lancaster County Board of
Commissioners during a graduation banquet held at the Hamilton Club. Guest speaker
that evening was Mr. Terry Kauffman, former County Commissioner.

     Recognized and certified as Master Planners, these candidates attended all ses-
sions, participated in homework assignments, and completed an independent study.
The Lancaster County Planning Commission is proud to introduce the Master Planner
Winter/Spring 2000 Class:

       1. Megan Bergmann, Landscape Architect                    7. Paul Nikolaus , Architect
          David Miller Associates, Inc.                              RLPS Architects, Ltd.
       2. Jeffrey S. Burkhart, Project Manager                   8. G. Roger Rutt, Member
          D.C. Gohn Associates, Inc.                                 East Lampeter Twp. Planning Commission
       3. Laura Collum, Environmental Specialist                 9. Christine Sable, Owner
          Skelly & Loy, Inc.                                         Sable & Associates
       4. Beth Hinkle, Assist. to Twp. Manager                   10. Harry Smith, Zoning Officer
          Upper Leacock Township                                     Lititz Borough and Hallam Borough
       5. Edward C. Hinkle, Member                               11. William Stull, President
          Upper Leacock Twp. Planning Commission                     Abstract Associates
       6. Christopher W. Lowe, Landscape Architect               12. Thomas Zug, Chairman
          D.C. Gohn Associates, Inc.                                 Warwick Township Planning Commission

    Master Planner is offered twice a year -- spring and fall. For information, contact Sandra Monck, AICP,
Land Use Education Specialist, (717) 299-8333 or visit our web site at

Master Planner Course Receives Award
                                                                 The Lancaster County Planning Commission’s
                                                            Master Planner Course received the Pennsylvania
                                                            Planning Association Award for Excellence in Public
                                                            Education. Sandra Monck, Information and Education
                                                            Specialist, accepted the award during the 2000 Awards
                                                            Ceremony held at State College last October. Miss
                                                            Monck, who runs the Master Planner Course, said that
                                                            since 1995 over 175 people from Lancaster County and
                                                            neighboring counties have attended.
                                                                 The Master Planner Course of Lancaster County is
                                                            held two times a year, i.e., spring and fall, and is an
                                                            extremely high quality program. The course spurs the
                                                            sharing of experiences, and the recognition of problems
                                                            and solutions. The course increases awareness among
                                                            leaders of the community of the values to be gained from
                                                            planning. The effectiveness of the course can be measured
  Frank Chlebnikow, AICP, presents Sandra Monck
  with the award. Mr. Chlebnikow is the Secretary           by the implementation of the many independent studies
  / Treasurer for the Central Section of the Pennsylvania   produced by the graduates.
  Planning Association.                                          For more information, contact Sandra Monck at (717) 299-8333 or email

Lancaster County’s Brownfields Initiative
  In response to the rapid and land-consuming growth of             G Performing a site assessment for targeted sites.
past decades, Lancaster County has undertaken an effort             G Developing site remediation/reclamation/
to “grow smart” through sustainable economic                        redevelopment strategies for targeted sites within the
development, urban revitalization, and compact land                 context of community-based visions and strategies.
development practices. One of the Economic Development              G Securing funding for remediation and
Division’s programs directly supporting this effort is the          redevelopment activities.
County’s Brownfield Initiative. The initiative includes two     To assist in the completion of these objectives, the
distinctive partnerships with the Pennsylvania Department Lancaster County Planning Commission’s Economic
of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Development Division is engaging the services of both
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These a brownfield coordinator and a consulting team of
cooperative programs are working toward the environmental specialists. Community outreach and
identification, reclamation,                                                                              education are a large
and revitalization of                                                                                     part of the County’s
abandoned, idled, or                                                                                      Brownfield Initiative.
under-used industrial and                                                                                 Resources from the
commercial facilities where                                                                               planning commission
redevelopment              is                                                                             will ensure effective
burdened with real or                                                                                     communication
perceived environmental                                                                                   between the brownfield
challenges.                                                                                               staff, project teams and
  In response to the many                                                                                 other stakeholders
requests from developers,                                                                                 through the use of
consultants and other                                                                                     newsletters, LCPC web
interested parties, DEP                                                                                   site postings, and
launched a web-based,                                                                                     community                and
user-friendly directory of                                                                                neighborhood meetings.
Pennsylvania brownfields                                                                                  By involving all
that are available for                                                                                    stakeholders early in the
redevelopment (see PA                                                                                     process, Lancaster
Site Finder Service -                                                                                     County is committed to                                                                                    helping residents
Lancaster County is               Lancaster County Planning Commission exhibited                          understand the nature of
                                  redevelopment opportunities in Lancaster County
cooperating through DEP’s                                                                                  the contamination at the
                                  a t the National Brownfield Deal Flow Conference, which
Land Recycling and                was held in Philadelphia.                                                site, the redevelopment
Cleanup Program to                                                                                         possibilities for the
identify and inventory the                                                                                 location, and the steps
brownfield properties in our communities and to make involved in the cleanup process.
this information available through the PA Site Finder            Ongoing evaluation will be critical to theBrownfield
service. The directory enables users from around the          Initiative. The ultimate goal of the programwill be to
world to view information on brownfield sites that are stimulate private sector investment in the redevelopment
available for sale, lease, or other cooperative agreement. of vacant or under-utilized parcels within Lancaster’s
  Also, through a $250,000 EPA grant, Lancaster County urban communities. This goal will be achieved by
is currently implementing an EPA Brownfields forming partnerships, gathering and sharing information,
Assessment Demonstration Pilot Community Program and encouraging active participation of community
The Pilot Community Program, under EPA’s Brownfield stakeholders in the formulation of redevelopment plans.
Economic Redevelopment Initiative, includes Lancaster County’s Brownfield Initiative is but one
partnerships with local governments and community / element in a comprehensive planning strategy intended
economic development organizations. The objectives to spur investment in urban communities.
of this effort include:                                         If you would like more information about the Lancaster County Brownfields
     G Establishing a framework within which brownfield       Initiatives, please contact Phyllis Stellfox, Deputy Director for Economic

     sites in Lancaster County can be identified, Development, Lancaster County Planning Commission at (717) 299-8333 or
     prioritized, and targeted.
Towns with Trails!
     Okay, so you’re living in one of the County’s
older, historic urban centers. There are a lot of cars,
people, and buildings. Now, imagine stepping out
of your front door, walking down your sidewalk and
within seconds you’re on a hiking trail with nothing
but tall, green shade trees and a cool running stream
to keep you company. You’re hiking for a few
minutes and see a friend jogging towards you. A few
minutes later you pass a young family on rollerblades.
Next you see a group of senior citizens sitting on
benches in the streamside park. A little further down

                                                                    The longest plan for the Reading Scenic River Bikeway , Ohio is
                                                                   The mastertrail in Ohio ,theLittle Miami& Columbia Greenway
                                                                   envisions both aremulti-purpose recreational trail and a
                                                                    fortunate that they a ahead of many States in development of these trails.
                                                                   pedestrian and bike transportation corridor.

                                                                  However with urban rail-trails, it’s simply a matter
                                                                  of grabbing your sneakers, walking down the sidewalk
                                                                  and hopping on the trail.
                                                                        Another advantage of urban rail-trails is that a
                                                                  large amount of railroad infrastructure often remains
                                                                  along the abandoned corridor. Railroads played an
                                                                  important role in the growth of our older towns.
   The City of Lancaster’s Northwest Corridor                     These artifacts can be interpreted to explain how the
  Park is a prime example of how an abandoned                     railroad worked and how it helped build the
  railroad line can be turned into a community asset.
                                                                  community that exists today.
                                                                        Urban rail-trails also have the unique advantage
the trail, you see a cluster of students with their               of connecting “towns and country”. This allows urban
teacher, studying the wetland habitat adjacent to the             residents access to the rural countryside without the
trail. All of this is in the confines of a few neighborhood       use of their automobile. Never having to worry about
blocks.                                                           traffic congestion and parking.
       Sounds impossible? Nonsense! It’s happening                      The main reason urban rail-trails are so beneficial
all over the country. It’s happening right now, in                is they improve the livability of compact towns.
towns throughout Lancaster County.                                Enhancing the quality-of -life in our urban centers is
       But, are urban rail-trails a good idea? Isn’t it           as important to the County’s growth management
better to build a rail-trail in a rural area where there’s        strategy as farmland preservation and Urban Growth
more room? Absolutely not!                                        Boundaries. We want people to live in our urban
       Urban rail-trails have some advantages over their          communities. Making them more liveable will help
rural counterparts. First, they can provide direct                us achieve this goal.
                                                                         If you wish to know more information about Rail-Trails in Lancaster
access to residents. In most circumstances, families
                                                                  County, contact Michael Domin, Principal Planner, Lancaster County
load up the car and drive to the trailhead parking lot.
                                                                  Planning Commission, (717) 299-8333 or email

Clean and Green Act -
Commercial Enterprises on
Enrolled Properties
Act 156 of 1998, Revision of Act 319
         Among the many changes, clarifications and
redefinitions addressed in Act 156 of 1998 and its
attendant interim revised regulations is the concept of
“rural enterprise incidental to the operational unit”,
section 137b.72. This concept, as further defined by
the Department of Agriculture, has broadened the
scope of allowable commercial enterprise permitted
under the Act to take place on an enrolled farm without
incurring rollback taxes on the entire farm. Specifically,
any commercial activity “incidental” to the agricultural
operation; as long as it is confined to an area of 2 acres           The “Clean and Green” program can help protect
                                                                     Lancaster County’s best farms, such as this one, by
or less and does not permanently impede or interfere                 reducing the land owners tax payments.
with the production of an agricultural commodity on
“that portion of enrolled land remaining” in Clean
and Green; is now a permitted use under the Clean                be assessed at its non-Clean and Green value for
and Green Act.                                                   subsequent tax years, the balance of the land would
         As a practical matter, if a contemplated                retain its Clean and Green assessment once a revised
commercial enterprise has received approval from the             application has been made to the Assessment Office.
municipality, and is contained within 2 acres, the                        In Lancaster County, this change to Clean
change could only incur rollback taxes on acreage                 and Green appears to be sympathetic to the many
accommodating the enterprise, not the entire property.            and varied on-farm enterprises which have sprung
Whereas prior to the 1998 revisions, Clean and Green              up over the years to support farm income, and to
only contemplated commercial sales of farm                        help keep the farm viable.
commodities. The new legislation allows most                               For a complete reading of the newly formatted Clean and Green
anything permitted by zoning as a secondary or                   regulations one can log onto the farmland protection regulations page of
                                                                 the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s web site at: http://
incidental income producing commercial activity
conducted by the owner or his/her class A heirs (direct
                                                                 additional information regarding the new interim regulations and/or
descendants) with advance notice to the Assessment               the Clean and Green program generally in Lancaster County, contact
Office. While the land directly under the newly created          David Straub in Lancaster County Assessment Office at (717) 299-8381.
commercial enterprise (up to 2 acres) would necessarily

The Loss Of A Friend
     On Sunday, October 22nd, Lancaster County lost one of it’s most beloved conservationist.
Robert K. Mowrer, 93, was a leader in the movement to preserve the county’s most cherished open
spaces and natural resources. He was a tireless advocate for outdoor recreation through the creation
and expansion of state and county owned
parks. Bob was a charter member of the
Lancaster County Conservancy and                “ The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of
served on the County Planning                  the community to include soils, waters, plants, and
Commission’s Parks and Open Space                       animals, or collectively: the land”
Advisory Committee for 34 years. It’s safe
to say that the open space system that
                                                  ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949
Lancaster County has today is a direct
result of Bob Mowrer’s efforts. He was a
true conservationist.
S.O.S...Save Our Soil          - Lancaster County’s Youth Speak Out

Excerpts taken from letters written by Dawn Van Horn’s Sixth Grade Class,
Gehmans Mennonite School
Brownfield Redevelopment                                      Solvent impacted groundwater as well as an historical
                                                            asbestos products landfill and storage tank releases are
in Manheim Borough                                          the subject of the Act 2 Land Recycling process.
 Within the framework of the County’s Brownfields           Deteriorating buildings where asbestos products were
Initiative Program, Lancaster County Planning               manufactured are also of concern, and a redevelopment
Commission is providing active support to officials in      plan is under discussion with Borough officials, which
Manheim toward the successful economic revitalization       is expected to call for the demolition of a large portion
of an underutilized industrial property in the Borough.     of the lower mill buildings, which have little future useful
                                                            life, and which are asbestos contaminated. The upper
                                                            mill structures, most built after World War II, are
                                                            expected to attract a variety of industrial and commercial
                                                            tenants, as more space becomes available for use. An
                                                            additional focus is on twenty-seven acres of undeveloped
                                                            expansion area, which has direct rail access by Norfolk
                                                            Southern, and could attract new industry to the complex.
                                                            In addition, Manheim Borough , in cooperation with
                                                            Manheim School District and the Lancaster County
                                                            Commissioners, designated the properties part of a
                                                            Keystone Opportunity Zone, which will help facilitate

    Main Office Building on the Raymark site.
    It will be incorporated into the final design
    of the complex.

Manheim Borough and the Manheim Area Economic
Development Corporation (MAEDC) are currently
working on the implementation of a large-scale
Brownfields redevelopment project in the Borough. The
properties are the former Raymark Industries
Manufacturing facility, located in the southeast quadrant
of the Borough adjacent to the Chicques Creek. At its
peak, Raymark employed 1,500 individuals at the
Manheim site working in the design and manufacturing
of clutch facings, brake linings, and other asbestos
                                                                Cross section of the upper and lower mill sections.
products. In the late 1980’s, Raymark and one of it’s
                                                                This area is being characterized by an environmental
subsidiaries, Universal Friction Composites (UFC), began        firm to determine the issues that need to be
to transfer a portion of their operations south, to the         addressed for remediation/redevelopment.
Carolinas. UFC continued limited operations with
approximately 175 employees into the late 1990’s when,      redevelopment by offering tax abatement incentives.
as a result of Raymark’s asbestos-related litigation and     There are a number of complex issues involved with
subsequent bankruptcy proceedings, it ceased                the redevelopment of this under utilized industrial site.
production in Manheim altogether.                           Toward that end, Manheim Borough and MAEDC
   In 1996, Raymark executives, and a subsequent            officials, with the support of the Lancaster County
bankruptcy trustee, learned of Pennsylvania’s Land          Planning Commission, continue to work alongside the
Recycling Program and wanted to take advantage of the       Phoenix Group and RT Environmental. It is this strong
state’s Act 2 Liability protection. They brought in RT      network of local partners, enabling effective working
Environmental Services, Inc. to begin the work of           relationships with Pennsylvania’s Department of
addressing the site’s environmental issues. At the end      Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania
of last year (2000), Gary Silversmith and The Phoenix       Department of Community and Economic Development
Group, LLC emerged as the new owners of the Manheim         that will ensure a successful outcome.
properties through bankruptcy proceedings. Mr.                For more information, please contact Rebecca Secrist, Borough Circuit
Silversmith continued the partnership already underway      Rider, Lancaster County Planning Commission at (717) 299-8333 or email
with RT Environmental, Inc. to continue the site’s
Cell Towers and Section 106 Review
Be Prepared, Be Proactive.
   Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, The applicant should also coordinate the Section 106
as amended, requires federal agencies to take into process with any other applicable federal regulations,
account the effect of their undertakings on historic such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
resources. An undertaking                                                                    NEPA          does         not
is defined in the regulations                                                                substitute for Section 106.
as a “project, activity, or                                                                   The result of the Section
program funded in whole                                                                      106 review process is a
or in part under the direct                                                                  letter of determination
or indirect jurisdiction of a                                                                from the State Historic
federal agency: those                                                                        Preservation Office in
carried out with federal                                                                     Pennsylvania this is the
assistance, those requiring                                                                  Pennsylvania Historical
a federal permit, license or                                                                 and Museum Commission.
approval.”                                                                                   This letter of determination
    The FCC approves                                                                         should be required by the
licenses for transmissions                                                                   municipality as a part of a
from telecommunications                                                                      conditional use, special
facilities. Therefore the                                                                    exception variance or
construction of such tower                                                                   building permit process.
and cell-site facilities are                                                                 An application should not
considered undertakings                                                                      be considered complete
subject to Section 106            One of many cell towers in Lancaster County                without the letter of
review.                           that could have been made to be look less                  determination. If a plan
    In practice, the FCC          obtrusive                                                  review process does not
often delegates Section                                                                      require this information,
106 responsibilities to its licensees and tower amend the process to include it.
structure owners, relying on them to determine             For more information visit or http://
whether there is an effect on natural and historic Or call Carole Wilson, Historic Preservation
resources and to initiate the Section 106 review Specialist, Lancaster County Planning Commission at (717) 299-8333. email:
process. This practice has been likened to letting
the fox look after the chicken house. Not all licensees
comply with their responsibility.

MPC Revisions (from                     page 2)                                  Citizen’s Guide to Transportation
A new provision in the MPC also allows                                           Planning
municipalities to adopt “Specific Plans” for                                                              Believe it or not,
commercial and industrial areas to speed the                                                              citizens, like you, play a
permitting process by planning all of the                                                                 tremendous role in
infrastructure and land use in advance.                                                                   guiding our daily
    The MPC now requires county comprehensive                                                             activities. Do you want
plans to be updated every ten years and to include                                                        to know how you can
new elements for land uses of regional significance                                                       participate? Well, call
and the protection of prime agricultural land.                                                            the Lancaster County
                                                                                                          Planning Commission at
According to Allan Granger, former Chairman of the
                                                                                                          (717) 299-8333 and
Lancaster County Planning Commission, the                                                                 request a copy of the
Commission and staff are already hard at work                                                             “Citizen’s Guide to
developing new elements that will eventually become                                                       Transportation          in
part of the County’s Plan.                                                                                Lancaster County” and
                                                                                                          find out how. The guide
 For more information on the amendments to the Municipalities Planning
                                                                                                          will be available in
Code, contact Ronald T. Bailey, Executive Director of the Lancaster County
                                                                                                          April 2001.
Planning Commission. email:
      Over the next few issues of FYI, the Lancaster County Planning Commission will introduce short articles about
the different planning divisions within the commission. We’ll explain what each section does and provide planner

The LCPC Economic Development Division
     The Economic Development Division directs tools, resources, programs, and staff toward the
“sustainable economic development” and “urban revitalization” focus areas contained in the Lancaster
County Policy Plan. The division supplies hands-on assistance to Lancaster City, the boroughs, suburban
townships, and their designated community development organizations. It assists local government and
community organizations to identify and structure economic development projects and financing packages.
The division then coordinates an expedited review for qualifying projects.

                                             Deputy Director for Economic Development
   Phyllis Stellfox, AICP, EDFP, is responsible for managing the economic development programs of
   the County Planning Commission. In addition to the above programs, she coordinates economic
   development efforts of countywide significance and administers the Brownfields redevelopment

                                                                  Economic Gardener
                                                       Research and Information Specialist
    Lynn Marie Blackman prepares economic and demographic data and analyses for the Planning
    Commission. In partnership with the Library System of Lancaster County, she helps small businesses
    to grow by providing them with information.

                                                                Borough Circuit Rider
                                                        Economic Development Specialist

    Rebecca Secrist is responsible for providing economic development assistance to participating
    boroughs and their designated community and economic development organizations.

    Tiffany Williams provides administrative support and is the first point of customer contact in the

     The division staff, together with, David Trevisani, a director of the National Development Council,
help local governments achieve their economic development agendas.
     The National Development Council is one of the premier urban redevelopment corporations in the
nation. A nonprofit corporation, supported with funding from major foundations, the National Development
Council works with the Economic Development Division on its mission to support urban revitalization
activities and to promote sustainable economic growth throughout the County.
       For more information about the Lancaster County Planning Commission Economic Development Division, please contact Phyllis Stellfox, Deputy Director
for Economic Development, Lancaster County Planning Commission at (717) 299-8333 or email
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                 Paul Thibault, Chairman                                                                                   PERMIT NO. 1548

           Howard (Pete) Shaub, Vice Chairman
                 Ron Ford, Commissioner
        Timothea M. Kirchner, County Administrator

      Lancaster County Planning Commission

                      (2001 )
                  Daniel Zimmerman, Chairman
                 Carlton P. Groff, Vice Chairman
                       Lois Herr , Secretary
             Julianne Dickson          Gary A. Nace
             Allan Granger             Martin P. Hughes
             J. Scott Ulrich            R. Michael Wagner
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    Executive Director ........................... RONALD T. BAILEY
    Managing Editor ............................... SANDRA I. MONCK
    Layout .................................................. MARI D. RICH

    Notification of a change of address, contact fyi Newsletter,
    Editor, Lancaster County Planning Commission, 50 North
    Duke Street, P.O. Box 83480, Lancaster, PA 17608-3480 (717)
    299-8333 or email
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                                                                               U.L. Uses
                                                                   a.k.a Ugly Land Uses
                                                                             Considered Ugly
Lancaster County is known worldwide for its proud heritage and breathtaking scenery.
It is also becoming known for land use problems and challenges shared by the larger
metropolitan areas. Problems and challenges contribute to the :

G     De s t r u c t i o n o f t h e c h a r a c t e r o f L a n c a s t e r C o u n t y
G     E rosion of the quality of life for most residents in Lancaster County

WANTED: Photographs of the ugliest areas in Lancaster County that detract from the
c h a r a c t e r o f o u r c o m m u n i t y a n d q u a l i t y o f l i f e . P h o t o s c a n b e o f st r u c t u r e s , o b j e c t s ,
or s t r e e t s c e n e s , etc. Include location along with a brief explanation why you think it is
ugly. Digital images accepted.

Results will be posted in the July issue of FYI. Tom Hylton’s “Save Our Land, Save Our
Town” will be awarded to the p h o t o g r a p h e r s o f t h e t o p t h r e e u g l i e s t l a n d u s e p i c t u r e s .
Send photos and explanations to Sandra Monck, Lancaster County Planning Commission,
50 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608. Or, email: m o n c k @ c o . l a n c a s t e r . p a . u s

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