Friday, January 17, 2014

LV Planning Commission Seeks Input on Housing Issues

In a quest for the most complete information to be incorporated into its forthcoming report, "Regional Housing Analysis of the Lehigh Valley", the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) is seeking input through 10 public discussion meetings to take place in January and February across the region to determine what the region's residents most want and need in housing in the years to come.

"Over the last months, we have reviewed every housing sale in the Lehigh Valley between 2008 and 2013 and are now looking at access and income," said LVPC Director Becky Bradley in an email. "For example, if your family earns $75,000 a year or $50,000 a year where can you afford to live? What housing is available to you? How far will you need to commute?"

Two of ten public discussion sessions planned to gather input will be held in the immediate Easton area--one on Thursday, January 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Nurture Nature Center, located at 518 Northampton St., and another on Wednesday, January 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Easton Area Public Library's Palmer Branch, located at 1 Weller Place in the township.

"These facilitated discussions will look at market pressures, non-housing factors influencing housing, and answer basic questions about the types of housing people want, (as well as) if these types of housing are available," Bradley added.

Participation in the sessions is free. While the discussions have been spread across the Lehigh Valley to help ensure accessibility, any local resident may attend any of the meetings.

Residents are also encouraged to provide input for the upcoming report through an online survey.

To participate in the online survey, click here.

For more information about the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, visit

The complete list of discussions in the region to support a new regional housing plan is:
  • Wednesday, January 22:, Hanover Township Municipal Building (Northampton County), 3630 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 23, at Nurture Nature Center, 518 Northampton St., Easton, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, January 27, Upper Milford Municipal Building, 5671Chestnut St., Old Zionsville, from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 28, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 29, Jacobsburg Environmental Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth, from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 29, Palmer Library Meeting Room, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 4, Upper Macungie Township Municipal Building, 8330 Schantz Road, Breiningsville, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 5, Catasauqua Borough Hall, 118 Bridge St., Catasauqua, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 6, Seidersville Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, February 10, Washington Township Administration Bldg (Northampton County), 1021 Washington Blvd., Bangor, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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