Farmland Preservation Important for Region
We continually hear people, from CEO’s of the region’s corporations to regular folks, expressing their desire for preserving more open space in the valley.
While good work has been done on this topic in both counties in the past, as we also watch farmland converting to warehouses and other development around the region. People are concerned about traffic, air and water quality, access to local food, and the very identity of our region.
What is keeping us from being more effective at preserving open space?
The RenewLV board of directors has recently reset our initiatives and one of them is Farmland Preservation. It is for this reason that we encourage you, if you also support open space preservation in the Lehigh Valley, to help preserve open space with two simple actions:
1) Contact your county executives and county commissioners and ask them to FUND the farmland preservation programs that already exist;
2) Attend the upcoming meetings on open space preservation at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Northampton County are holding public meetings to get your thoughts and ideas for the new open space plan, Livable Landscapes. We encourage everyone to attend and keep up to date as the plan is developed.
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, in collaboration with Northampton County, is currently working on this open space plan to guide future conservation and outdoor recreation efforts within Northampton County. The focus of the plan will be on environmentally sensitive areas, farmland, trails, outdoor recreation, historic and cultural areas, economic benefits, and the overall quality of life within Northampton County. We think that this sounds great. If you like all of these amentities, please attend one of these meetings.
They are looking for your thoughts and ideas on the needs of open space. Please join them at these upcoming meetings to:
- hear the results of the 2014 open space opinion survey of Northampton County residents;
- discuss the proposed vision statement and goals;
- give feedback
Meeting dates and times:
8:30 am- 10:30 am
Nazareth Center for the Arts
30 Belvidere Street
Nazareth, PA 18064
11:30 am – 1 pm
Hellertown Historical Society
Tavern Room at the Grist Mill
150 W. Walnut Street
Hellertown, PA 18055
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Wind Gap Borough Hall
545 East Street
Wind Gap, PA 18091
For questions, contact Theresa Mackey at the LVPC at 610-264-4544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information: http://www.lvpc.org/livable-landscapes.html
Now, because RenewLV believes in regional approaches, regional cooperation and collaboration, we think that it would also be great if Lehigh County undertook a similar process — and we have shared our thoughts with folks we know there. Stay tuned on this one, but if you agree, we urge you to mention the need for a similar study, too, when you reach out to your elected and appointed officials.