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RenewLV & Smart Growth – Keys to the Future of the Lehigh Valley

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The overarching issue: according to the LVPC, another 145,000 people are projected to move to the Lehigh Valley by 2050 and now is the time to plan to accommodate for this influx in a sustainable way. Decisions that are made now about how the Lehigh Valley is developed will have a tremendous effect on the future prosperity of the region. A report by Smart Growth America, entitled “Measuring Sprawl and its Impact,” ranks the Lehigh Valley 70th out of the 83 areas with the fastest growing population around the nation.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture ranked Pennsylvania fifth in the nation for development of non-federally protected lands between 1992 and 1997. In 2015 the RenewLV board of directors reset the organizational initiatives.  The new initiatives are consistent with EnvisionLV sustainability plans developed in 2014:

  • Farmland Preservation
  • Food Sustainability
  • Smart Transportation

RenewLV promotes Smart Growth through public engagement events and through education on vital regional topics.  RenewLV provides leaders and residents with opportunities to learn from each other, develop strategies and collaborate to make better decisions collectively.

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Address: 1337 E 5th St, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: (484) 893-1060

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Like urban planning books? Join the Smart Growth Discussion Book Club

Do you have opinions about urbanism, smart growth and public policy that supports sustainability and equity? We gather regularly to discuss relevant community issues at the Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown! Come make friends, drink coffee and explore ideas that will improve our communities such as: zoning, gentrification, air quality and more.

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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: smartgrowth@renewlv.org or call 484.893.1060.

The Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown!

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