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City of Chester Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan

June 1, 2017

The City of Chester Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan was created for city officials, residents, non-profits, and community groups. This plan highlights available green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) technologies, opportunities, and approaches to improve water quality, reduce combined sewer overflows, meet federal clean water requirements, decrease localized flooding, beautify the community, and enhance community and economic opportunities. The plan provides a blueprint for implementing GSI in Chester City, recommendations on how to start pilot projects, guidance on partnering and public outreach, and suggestions for how to track program impact.

The Mismatch between Housing and Jobs: A 2011 Update and Discussion on Achieving Balance

January 1, 2012

The overall goal of this report, initiated in FY 2010 for the Southeastern Pennsylvania counties and expanded in FY 2011 to include the region's four Southern New Jersey counties, is to assess the region's current housing stock, evaluate the balance between jobs and housing, identify potential alternatives for achieving a better regional jobs/housing balance, to promote socioeconomic balance and diversity throughout Greater Philadelphia. The report begins with an assessment of the region's housing stock, including an inventory of existing public and assisted housing. The study continues with a discussion of current federal and state housing-related programs, policies, and initiatives that are thought to have influenced residential development patterns.

Shifting Gears: Regional Bicycle Outreach and Priority Setting

May 31, 2011

This report describes Shifting Gears, a three-step process that included inventories of regional bicycle facilities, outreach to stakeholders, and an online survey. Included are descriptions of each of the various components of the program, a set of proposed priority locations based on the inventories and outreach sessions, and survey findings.

Delaware Valley Truck Parking Study

April 1, 2011

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's (DVRPC's) Regional Truck Parking Study was undertaken due to the important economic, environmental, and safety implications of a sufficient regional truck parking network. Truck drivers must work within the bounds of the federally mandated hours-of-service (HOS) rules and regulations. The combination of limited hours of driving, complex supply chains, and narrow delivery windows leads to a need for safe and secure overnight parking.Truck parking is usually provided by three different types of facilities: privately owned truck stops, service plazas, and welcome centers. This report contains details about each type of facility in the Delaware Valley region, including the amenities offered to drivers, the number of spaces, and proximity to other facilities. At present, the region possesses a total of 1,122 spaces, 879 of which are located at privately owned truck stops.The report estimates parking demand using two different methods. Overnight site visits were done to determine the utilization of authorized facilities and the location and utilization of unauthorized parking locations. The region's authorized facilities were found to be operating over capacity by 134 trucks during the site visits, with the Valley Forge and Woodrow Wilson Service Plazas accounting for 91 of those surplus trucks. Additional unauthorized parking was found on highway shoulders, around toll plazas, and in local industrial areas. Truck parking demand was also determined by adopting the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Truck Parking Demand Model to the region. The model determined that the region had a shortfall of 247 spaces in 2009.Finally, the report offers a set of multi-regional and regional actions intended to improve the regional truck parking network:Action 1: Fully utilize available public funding that directly supports the creation of additional overnight truck parking spacesAction 2: Advance the use of the latest Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies to optimize existing parking locationsAction 3: Reduce emissions that are caused by idling parked trucks Throughout the report, blue call-out boxes will be presented; they contain related information and interesting anecdotes pertinent to the topic under discussion.Action 4: Promote the need for additional truck parking spaces and amenities to both DVRPC partners and the publicAction 5: Improve access to existing truck parking facilitiesAction 6: Maintain existing facilities and create additional regional capacity where possibleAs with all work from DVRPC's Office of Freight Planning, this report was made possible by the continued support of the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force.

Implementing Connections: The Benefits for Greater Philadelphia

March 1, 2011

This analysis utilizes DVRPC's modeling capabilities to illustrate and quantify the benefits of implementing the policies and goals defined in the Connections Plan, through a Plan scenario, compared to a continuation of our region's business-as-usual Trend scenario. Both scenarios are set in the horizon year of the Plan, 2035, and compared to each other and current conditions (2010).

Addressing Community Concerns: How Environmental Justice Relates to Land Use Planning and Zoning

July 16, 2003

Addressing Community Concerns: How Environmental Justice Relates to Land Use Planning and Zoning is the Panel's third report on environmental justice. It focuses on low-income and people-of-color communities because it is generally recognized that their residents are exposed to significantly greater environmental and public health hazards. The study examines the relationship of planning and zoning decisions in five localities across the nation where residents have raised environmental justice concerns: Huntington Park, California; Austin, Texas; Chester, Pennsylvania; Altgeld Gardens in Chicago, Illinois; and St. James Parish, LouisianaThe report will help local, state and federal officials to improve their understanding of how they can use local and state land use planning and zoning laws for solving current environmental justice problems and preventing them in the future.