Growing Responsibly in Urban Areas
This workshop series focused on the urban side of Growing Responsibly – buildable lands, redevelopment & infill, and Urban Growth Area boundaries. Whether you live or work in an urban, suburban, or rural community, the way we grow in urban areas is important to our future. The decisions we make in these areas will have a significant impact on Lancaster County’s economy and character for years to come.
Topic 1 – Lands Within and Adjacent to Growth Areas
To keep most development inside growth areas, we need to make sure that these areas align with existing infrastructure (water and sewer) and have the capacity to accommodate appropriate industrial development, housing, etc. The purpose of this analysis is to show us 1) how we’ve grown over the last five years, 2) areas where it might be difficult to build, and 3) areas that are more suitable for development. This information can help us avoid unnecessary expansions of growth areas that could conflict with agricultural and natural land preservation efforts.
Click on the analysis and corresponding planning area tables and maps below.
Topic 2 – Infill and Reinvestment in Urban Growth Areas
This topic is important because we know that a portion of new development in Urban Growth Areas will occur on underutilized parcels and infill lots. By encouraging more reinvestment and infill, we can lessen the demand for greenfield development and reduce the consumption of buildable lands. The purpose of this topic is to Identify areas for potential infill and reinvestment opportunities within Urban Growth Areas, and recommend how places2040 catalytic tools can be implemented to achieve these results
Click on the analysis and corresponding planning area maps below.
Methodology & Meeting Recording