Governor Wolf Announces Approval of 11 Projects to Assist Local Governments with Municipal Planning and Shared Services
March 22, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 11 projects through the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) to assist local governments with planning for zoning, coordinating emergency services, and creating comprehensive plans.
“Proper planning is crucial for the success of municipalities and local governments, as well as the families and businesses that reside within them,” Governor Wolf said. “At the state level, we’re committed to assisting municipalities in any way we can, so this funding will go a long way toward ensuring that local governments are equipping themselves with successful planning frameworks for the years ahead.”
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) recently approved nearly $280,000 in funding for 11 municipal projects throughout the state. Funding from MAP assists local governments to plan for and efficiently implement municipal projects available in three groups of activities: shared services, community planning, and floodplain management.
The 11 approved projects are as follows:
- $3,000 to New Brighton Borough, Beaver County to assist with the costs of the merger of the Fallston Volunteer Fire Department into the New Brighton Volunteer Fire Department. The single department will reduce insurance costs, eliminate need for duplicate equipment, and increase availability of trained manpower.
- $16,350 to Fayette County support the county’s recently-created MS4-Stormwater Manager position. The position will assist municipal officials and constituencies with federal and state MS4 and stormwater management requirements and best practices, and the MAP funds will support the position’s first year salary, training, supplies, and equipment.
- $15,000 to Franklin County Emergency Services Alliance to support a study of the provision of emergency services in the county. The goal is to determine necessary service levels and the optimum arrangements for providing fire, rescue, and EMS services in the county, and to increase cooperation and communication between the local governments and service providers.
- $25,000 to the City of Bethlehem to support the city’s blight remediation plan, which will include a market value analysis of neighborhoods, evaluation of city policies, procedures, and ordinances, and recommendations for legal tools the city can strategically use remediate blight, such as enhanced code enforcement, blight certification, property disposition, and property reuse and redevelopment.
- $8,500 to Damascus, Manchester, and Oregon townships in Wayne County to support the update of their 2008 multi-municipal comprehensive plan. The updated plan will address new developments in the last decade including natural gas, commercial solar and wind energy development, cellular towers, broadband access, and changes to zoning.
- $15,000 to Delaware County to undertake a corridor study of impacts from the pending US Route 322 widening and reconstruction project in Upper Chichester Township. The study will quantify the financial impacts, assess the development potential after completion of the road project, and create a post-project plan for land use and development.
- $35,000 to Dover Township, York County to undertake an update of its multi-municipal comprehensive plan between Dover Township and Dover Borough. The updated plan will address new developments including traffic congestion, economic development needs in core locations of the borough and township, and capital upgrades needed in water, sewer, stormwater, and sidewalks.
- $80,000 to Lackawanna County to engage a consultant to update the zoning ordinances for the nine municipalities in the Scranton Abingtons Planning Association (SAPA). The consultant will ensure that the SAPA municipalities’ zoning revisions will all be consistent with the comprehensive plan.
- $25,000 to the City of Meadville, Crawford County to undertake a comprehensive update to its zoning ordinance. The last comprehensive revision was done in 1994.
- $50,000 to Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, to undertake a new comprehensive plan to replace its current, outdated plan. The new plan will enable the township to accommodate its build-out and properly prepare for its fiscal future. Additionally, a new comprehensive plan will provide critical guidance to updating the township’s outdated land use ordinances.
- $6,450 to Columbia Borough, Lancaster County to undertake an office relocation feasibility study. The borough has outgrown its current space, and an architecture firm will evaluate two options for relocating the borough’s administrative staff and police department.
The Municipal Assistance Program, administered by DCED, provides technical resources and assistance for municipalities, consolidation, regional efforts as well as serving as a resource for local government officials, developers, and citizens interested in planning to improve, grow, and enhance communities.