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Multi-Municipal Comprehensive and Open Space Planning

Location: Lackawaxen and Shohola Townships, Pennsylvania Client: Pike County

JMT provided planning, design, mapping and public involvement services for the development of a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan and Multi-Municipal Open Space, Recreation and Greenway Plan.

The Lackawaxen/Shohola region and others within Pike County are several of the fastest growing areas within Pennsylvania. Outdoor tourism is a critical component of the economy in this area, and many who come to visit decide to stay. Because of these factors, officials recognized that action needed to be taken to protect those natural resources within the region that contribute to a high quality of life for current and future generations.

JMT assisted Lackawaxen and Shohola Townships to work collaboratively with their communities to identify and address topics with respect to land use, transportation, housing, natural and historic resources and community facilities and services. The Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan addressed current conditions and desired future conditions through preservation of valued community resources.  The plan also identified a desired way of life and strategies to manage growth through techniques such as:

  • preservation and conservation;
  • identification of designated growth areas;
  • future growth areas and rural resource areas;
  • identification of non-residential uses to ensure an adequate tax base; and
  • provisions for appropriate public facilities.

The plan also included a build-out and fiscal analysis, design concepts for the enhancement of Lackawaxen and Shohola Villages, a roadway pull-off viewing area, and short-term and long-term implementation strategies for the next 20 years.

JMT also worked with the community to develop a Multi-Municipal Open Space, Greenways and Recreation Plan. This plan built upon Pike County's Open Space, Greenways and Recreation Plan entitled "Growing…Naturally" and was considered a key element of the region's Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan. This plan as well as the County's plan encouraged growth that respected and preserved precious and natural resources within the region through public and private actions of permanent preservation, protection of wildlife and connections between natural resources.

Public involvement and education were important components to the successful development of both plans.  A Citizen Advisory Committee met throughout the planning process to provide guidance to JMT, Township and County staff.  The planning process actively engaged citizens through public meetings, a community visioning workshop, community surveys, and activities for school students.

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