the official newsletter of the
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)
(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.”
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.
WHY A LEXICON?
“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.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
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
WHO WILL DO IT?
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.
WHAT IS EXPECTED?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.planning.co.lancaster.pa.us.
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
www.PASiteFinder.com). 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 email@example.com.
Clean and Green Act -
Commercial Enterprises on
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.achp.gov or http://
whether there is an effect on natural and historic www.achp.gov/fcc.html. 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 email@example.com.
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
Planning Commission. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
fyi Newsletter PRSRT STD
Lancaster County Board of Commissioners LANCASTER, PA
Paul Thibault, Chairman PERMIT NO. 1548
Howard (Pete) Shaub, Vice Chairman
Ron Ford, Commissioner
Timothea M. Kirchner, County Administrator
Lancaster County Planning Commission
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
fyi Newsletter is published quarterly by the Lancaster County
Planning Commission and is dedicated to sharing knowledge
about information on urban and regional planning issues
affecting Lancaster County. The purpose of the newsletter is
to inform and promote more effective and equitable planning.
fyi is free and made available by contacting the Editor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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a.k.a Ugly Land Uses
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