What is RENEWLV?

Renew Lehigh Valley is committed to promoting smart growth and smart governance in order to revitalize our core communities, preserve open space, and establish an economically and environmentally sustainable foundation for our region’s future growth.


The Lehigh Valley is rich in a variety of assets that foster a high quality of life in the region. These include unique cultural, historic, and natural resources.

Significant population growth is projected for the Lehigh Valley over the next 10 to 20 years, and it is crucial that the region grows in a way that not only draws on and preserves these assets, but also ensures that the Lehigh Valley’s older core communities–our cities and boroughs–can thrive.

Making “smart growth” a reality in the Lehigh Valley must involve broad-based regional collaboration and the participation of individuals and organizations across the region’s various communities. Renew Lehigh Valley (RenewLV) seeks to catalyze action focused on creating a vibrant region characterized by strong core communities, abundant open space, and regional thinking.


What do you want the Lehigh Valley to look like in the next 5, 10, or 20 years?

Envision Lehigh Valley

Whether your live or work in the Lehigh Valley, the answer will directly affect you. Join Envision Lehigh Valley, a three year visioning project, and help us plan the future for the Valley!  Check out our website to read more about our projects, share your thoughts through our survey or orange UserVoice box, and sign-up for e-mail updates.


Smart Growth Principles

Renew Lehigh Valley upholds and advocates for the application of Smart Growth Principles in all planning and development, especially for the future growth of the Lehigh Valley.

  1. Mix land uses
  2. Take advantage of compact building design
  3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  4. Create walkable neighborhoods
  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
  8. Provide a variety of transportation choice
  9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective
  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions


We would like to thank our sponsors:


Thank you to our sponsors of the 2014 Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities:

 Presenting Sponsors:


Partner Sponsor:


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Contributor Sponsors:

Brown Daub logo    City Center logo

HDR logo    Embassy Bank logo

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Community Supporter Sponsors:


Capital Blue logo       Easton coach logo Hanover engineering logo

Highmark Blue Shield logo        LFG LLC logo         Morris black logo

chamber of commerce logo     Prolific Logo     Norris Mclaughlin logo

Spillman Farmer logo         St. lukes logo           susquehanna bank logo

Sustainable energy fund logo    Waterfront logo