Wolf Administration Awards Grant Funding to Assist Local Governments with Municipal Planning and Shared Services

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced the approval of 12 projects through the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) to assist local governments with planning for zoning, coordinating emergency services, and creating comprehensive plans.

“The first step in ensuring the continued growth and success of a community is developing a comprehensive plan that addresses and anticipates both established and emerging needs,” said Sec. Davin. “This critical funding will help Pennsylvania’s municipalities create and implement the plans that will allow them to be more effective today and more prepared for tomorrow.”

DCED recently approved nearly $475,000 in funding for 12 municipal projects throughout the state. Funding from MAP helps local governments plan for and efficiently implement municipal projects available in three groups of activities: shared services, community planning, and floodplain management.

The 12 approved projects are as follows:

  • Aliquippa, Beaver County, $26,500 to undertake a new comprehensive plan to replace its current, outdated plan which has not been updated for more than 20 years. The new plan will help enable the city to exit Act 47 designation and properly prepare for its fiscal future. Additionally, the city intends to update its Zoning Ordinance and its Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.
  • Allentown, Lehigh County, $67,389 to support the city’s development and implementation of its new Comprehensive and Economic Development Plan. The city plans to develop a comprehensive plan that will achieve real, measurable outcomes to support the resurgence of its downtown.
  • The Bigler Township Regional Police Department, Clearfield County, $46,031 to expand its police department and purchase additional equipment as its coverage area increases to neighboring municipalities and it becomes a regional department.
  • Briar Creek and North Centre Townships, Columbia County, $15,000 to create a comprehensive plan that outlines implementable opportunities for cooperation and provides a roadmap for these opportunities to happen.
  • Brighton Township, Beaver County, $30,000 to support the preparation and adoption of a comprehensive plan to replace the current plan which was originally adopted in July 1999 and last updated in 2007. The plan will focus on identifying community issues, steps to address those issues, and persons or groups who can assist in addressing the issues facing this community.
  • Chambersburg, Franklin County, $30,000 to update its 2008 comprehensive plan to provide direction in the areas of land use, transportation, infrastructure, housing, and community and economic development. The goals and objectives set forth in the comprehensive plan update, to be developed with input from residents, will be implemented by amendments to the appropriate land use codes, capital improvements program, and other related plans and ordinances.
  • Clarion County, $30,000 to develop a new comprehensive plan to replace its current, outdated plan which has not been updated since 2004. The goal of the new plan is to provide direction for the development and future of the county.
  • Homestead, West Homestead, and Munhall, Allegheny County, $60,000 to facilitate the development of an implemental multi-municipal comprehensive plan that will address the needs of the three communities and improve the quality of life for residents.
  • Jim Thorpe and Summit Hill, Carbon County, $30,070 to assist in their cooperative efforts to provide updated and more consistent Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development regulations. The goal of this project is to produce common definitions and clear and effective regulations that will assist the two boroughs with administration of these ordinances, allowing them to share services, if desired.
  • Allenport, Coal Center, Dunlevy, Elco, Roscoe, and Stockdale, Washington County, $40,000 to update the Mid Mon Valley Regional Comprehensive Plan, Mid Mon Valley Multi-Municipal Zoning Ordinance, and the preparation of a Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Through the completion of this project, the boroughs will be able to improve their land use planning efforts by addressing the issues that are most relevant to the region. The plan will be implemented through the enactment of land use ordinances that are reflective of the current trends in the Mid Mon Valley.
  • New Brighton, Falston, Daugherty, and Pulaski, Beaver County, $65,000 to assist in the creation of a multi-municipal comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance to assist in identifying and planning for community needs, to create a vision for future growth and development in the region, and outline the steps needed to make that vision a reality. The planning documents will impact economic development, innovation and technology, workforce, and quality of life of the residents in the community.
  • Stroud, Hamilton, Pocono, and Stroudsburg, Monroe County, $35,000 to develop a regional comprehensive plan for four municipalities in the Route 80/Route 611 corridor focused on innovative land use regulations; establish strategies for improving the economic vitality and diversity of the regional planning area; improve services to the public including emergency services, public works, and other infrastructure including stormwater management; assess existing transportation system for improvements to traffic flow, public/private transportation partnerships and parking solutions in downtown Stroudsburg; and develop strategies to meet future housing needs, historic preservation, and downtown revitalization.

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.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132

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