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?
With another 145,000 people projected to move to the Lehigh Valley by 2030, RenewLV believes that now is the time to plan to accommodate for this influx in a sustainable way.
Whether your live or work in the Lehigh Valley, the answer will directly affect you.
Beginning in 2012, Envision Lehigh Valley asked this question. This three-year project, funded by a $3.4 million HUD Sustainability Planning Grant, generated numerous studies on topics from food to transportation.
The EnvisionLV process engaged over 12,000 citizens.
Thank you to the fourteen other consortium partners: The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, the Counties of Lehigh and Northampton, the Cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley, The Nurture Nature Center, the Wildlands Conservancy, and the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium!
The project ended formally on 12.31.14 with the end of the grant.
However, the reports are still available for you to view.
Check out the website to read the reports.
Many people are still interested in seeing the ideas in the reports accomplished as the region “moves from ideas to actions” in a sustainable way.
In 2015 RenewLV’s board identified four strategic initiatives, informed and inspired from the EnvisionLV reports.
1. Farmland Preservation
3. Smart Transportation
4. Smart Growth Education and Outreach
If you are interested in joining with others to forward this work,call the RenewLV offices at 484-893-1060 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will connect you to consortium partners implementing their plans or a committee of RenewLV.
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.
We would like to thank our sponsors:
Thank you to our sponsors of the 2014 Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities: