RIVER CENTRAL MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The River Central area is positioned right in the heart of the Lehigh Valley. Included in this subregional area, spanning Lehigh and Northampton Counties, are the boroughs of Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Northampton, and East Allen and Hanover Townships.
The River Central Multi-Municipal Planning Steering Committee has led an effort to draft, and to ultimately adopt, a comprehensive plan for the municipalities, shaping their collective vision for the future.
A multi-municipal comprehensive plan allows each municipality to keep their autonomy and control, but allows the communities, as a region, to take advantage of geographic similarities, address common priorities and better manage an evolving development landscape. The Draft Multi-Municipal Plan has determined common goals and objectives for areas of land use, housing, air quality, transportation, development, recreational facilities, natural and scenic resource conservation, farmland preservation and economic development. This joint planning effort also facilitates the sharing of resources in support of the long-term sustainability of the municipalities.
The plan will be used as a road map for the future, but it is also a living document that can be changed and updated as trends and conditions evolve.
Developing the River Central Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan involved more than two years of monthly steering committee meetings, a communitywide survey, public outreach and input, and a detailed housing, economic, demographics and land use analysis.
The Draft Plan below will remain open for public comment as the Steering Committee and municipal government bodies hold public meetings to view it.
Use the box below to comment on the river central Plan:
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR RIVER CENTRAL MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The River Central Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan, which includes the Boroughs of Catasauqua, Northampton, and North Catasauqua and the Townships of East Allen and Hanover (Lehigh County), is open for public review and comment. The plan is available to view online at www.planrivercentral.org. Comments can be made on the website, by phone at 610-264-4544 or by email at email@example.com.
RIVER CENTRAL PLANNING STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
(all meetings at 7 PM unless listed below; public welcome to attend)
Tuesday October 10, 2023*
Tuesday November 14, 2023*
NOTICE: PUBLIC HEARINGS, RIVER CENTRAL MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The Boroughs of Catasauqua, North Catasauqua, and Northampton, and East Allen Township will hold public hearings and consider the adoption of the River Central Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan at:
Catasauqua Borough: July 17, 7 PM (Hearing); August 14, 7 PM (Adoption Consideration) - 90 Bridge St, Catasauqua, PA 18032
Northampton Borough: July 20, 7 PM (Hearing + Adoption Consideration) - 1401 Laubach Ave, Northampton, PA 18067
East Allen Township: July 27, 7 PM (Hearing); August 9, 7 PM (Adoption Consideration) - 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd, Northampton, PA 18067
North Catasauqua Borough: August 7, 7 PM (Hearing + Adoption Consideration) - 1066 4th St, North Catasauqua, PA 18032
The elected boards of the municipalities listed above invite public comment on the proposed Resolution, the following of which is only a summary:
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE RIVER CENTRAL MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CONSISTING OF MAPS, CHARTS AND TEXTUAL MATERIAL COVERING THE REQUIREMENTS AS SET FORTH IN THE PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPALITIES PLANNING CODE.
Hanover Township, Lehigh County will hold a public hearing and adoption consideration on a date to be advertised shortly. The River Central Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan is available for public inspection on the internet at planrivercentral.org.
BRENT GREEN, CHAIRPERSON
RIVER CENTRAL MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE
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RIVER CENTRAL PLANNING STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Please direct all plan-related comments and questions to the appropriate municipal representative:
Brian Bartholomew, Council President
Howard Cunningham, Council Vice President
Ryan Carson, Planning Commission Member
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