Month: January 2017

You did it! Thank you for your help with Farmland Preservation


Lehigh County Funded Farmland Preservation $2 million for 2017 – Your Help Made it Happen!

Northampton County: $500,000 for Farmland Preservation Budget Item!

We did it!  It’s 2017 and we are sending you a big thank you for your help with our highly successful farmland preservation campaign.

We had an important year in the Lehigh Valley for farmland preservation.  You found your voice and reached out to your county executives and council members in support of farmland preservation.   And, it made a difference!

Because you support farmland preservation and spoke up about it…both counties included increased funding for their farmland preservation offices in their 2017 budgets!

Please reach out today and tell them thank you!  It’s easy!  Here is the physical address for sending letters, the email addresses for sending emails and the phone numbers you can call to register your appreciation.  It’s important that you reach out to both the council and the executive because they are two separate branches of government.

 Lehigh County:


Executive:  jillorosky@lehighcounty .org (I’m told email is the preferable method of communication)

Physical letters may be mailed to: Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S 7th St, Allentown, PA 18101

Phone:  610-782 3050 Commissioners, 610-782-3001 Executive


Northampton County:  

Northampton County Council:

Northampton County Executive, John Brown:  ncinfo@


Physical letters may be mailed to:  Northampton County Council and Executive, Northampton County Courthouse, 669 Washington Street, Easton, PA 18042-7475


Phone calls:  610-829-6596 Council; 610-829-6300 Executive


If you send an email or a letter please copy me (


Through your efforts, we are leaving a legacy of farms as businesses, open vistas and local food.

If you appreciate RenewLV’s efforts to advocate for the preservation of open vistas of farmland in the Lehigh Valley and would like to make a donation to RenewLV, we would really appreciate it.  You may do so online at or you may send checks made payable to:  RenewLV to 1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA  18015.  Please put “farmland preservation” in the memo line.

Thank you!  Your support means so much to us!

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Phone: (484) 893-1060

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Make friends, discuss civic activism, new urbanism, smart growth, making a difference, and anything on your mind about your neighborhood or regional growth. Come make your voice heard!

If you are reading a really interesting book and want to propose it for future discussions please contact us: or call 484.893.1060.

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Moving Ideas to Action

4th Annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities
"Our Towns, Our Farms, Our Future"

Our 4th Annual Summit for Smart Growth was a huge success! We focused on social entrepreneurship and how to make sustainability legal. Check out the coverage of our event by The Morning Call here

SoCap and Ben Price of CELDF.

Last year on December 9th, 2016, almost 200 community leaders and concerned citizens gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown for RenewLV's fourth annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities to discuss social entrepreneurship and how to make sustainability legal. We also held table discussions that covered topics such as strategies for land preservation, community revitalization and municipal cooperation.

At last year's Summit, we asked the questions:

•How do you balance what appears to be competing interests: Doing good and making money?

•How does overbearing local, state or federal laws prevent us from preserving quality of life and/or supporting smart growth?

•How do we achieve local self-determination without giving up some of the laudable goals of regulations intended to provide quality of life and prosperity for all?

A big thank-you to all of the Summit for Smart Growth sponsors who contributed to last year's discussion! You made this event possible!

Mountain View

Report Highlights Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Renew Lehigh Valley has often noted the benefits of smart growth development for municipalities, including cost savings. A new report by Smart Growth America details the benefits for municipalities realized through smart growth development. Read the full report here.

Watch the Envision Lehigh Valley Virtual Meeting

RenewLV and our partners at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the City of Allentown, the City of Bethlehem, and the City of Easton held a one-of-a-kind virtual public meeting for Envision Lehigh Valley. 100 participants logged in through a live video feed, Facebook, Twitter, and live chat. Missed the meeting? View the full recording on YouTube here