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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.

Transportation Strategies Every Municipality Should Consider

April 24, 2017

If you are a mayor, member of a governing body, or member of a Planning Board or Board of Adjustment , there is a good chance that you have been asked: "How can we reduce the negative impacts of new local development on our lives?" This brochure will assist you in answering that question by providing an overview of planning tools for addressing development impacts. It includes local examples of the most effective Transportation Smart Growth Strategies being employed in Central New Jersey and is meant to be a quick-reference guide for municipal leaders and planning staff.

Networking Transportation

April 1, 2017

Networking Transportation looks at how the digital revolution is changing Greater Philadelphia's transportation system. It recognizes several key digital transportation technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, connected and automated vehicles, digital mapping, Intelligent Transportation Systems, the Internet of Things, smart cities, real-time information, transportation network companies (TNCs), unmanned aerial systems, and virtual communications. It focuses particularly on key issues surrounding TNCs. It identifies TNCs currently operating in Greater Philadelphia and reviews some of the more innovative services around the world. It presents four alternative future scenarios for their growth: Filling a Niche, A Tale of Two Regions, TNCs Take Off, and Moore Growth. It then creates a future vision for an integrated, multimodal transportation network and identifies infrastructure needs, institutional reforms, and regulatory recommendations intended to help bring about this vision.

Planning for Changing Demographics: Millennials in the Delaware Valley

November 30, 2016

This report summarizes data and research related to the transportation, career, and housing preferences of today's young adults. Known as millennials, this generation of Americans was largely born during the 1980s and 90s. They are the largest generation in American history and their expectations and priorities have the potential to influence the physical form of communities throughout our region and around the country. 

Investing in People & Places

September 30, 2016

This report was created to provide the required annual review and update to Greater Philadelphia's regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The report includes background demographic, economic, and land use data; identifies regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; discusses economic resiliency; identifies regional economic development goals and objectives; identifies key projects and activities designed to advance the CEDS goals and objectives; and identifies performance measures that will be tracked in future years to measure progress made toward achieving the regional goals. The regional CEDS was developed under the guidance of a Review Committee that includes representatives of the county planning and economic development agencies, regional economic development organizations, educational institutions, and the private sector. 

Downtown Trenton Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

July 25, 2016

The Downtown Trenton Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was created by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in collaboration with a variety of partners, most notably the City of Trenton. This study proposes different bicycle, pedestrian, intersection, and trail interventions within downtown Trenton, New Jersey. The plan also offers potential funding streams and examples of estimated construction costs. This plan will be incorporated into the City of Trenton's Trenton 250 Master Plan.

City Branch Transit Feasibility Study

July 25, 2016

The City Branch Transit Feasibility Study was conducted by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) at the request of the City of Philadelphia, and in collaboration with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).The study examines transit reuse opportunities for the City Branch, an unused former rail right-of-way in Center City Philadelphia.

Analytical Data Report #022: County- and Municipal-Level Population Forecasts, 2015-2045

July 22, 2016

This report presents the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's (DVRPC's) adopted 2045 county- and municipal-level population forecasts and describes the method used to develop them. Population and employment forecasts are a critical component of long-range land use and transportation planning. As a part of DVRPC's long-range planning activities, the Commission is required to maintain forecasts with at least a 20-year horizon, or to the horizon year of the long-range plan. DVRPC last adopted forecasts through the year 2040 in January 2012. Since that time, the Census Bureau has released 2015 population estimates, and both the nation and the region have continued to recover from the significant economic recession that officially began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009.In order to incorporate the 2015 Census estimates and maintain a 30-year planning horizon, DVRPC has prepared 2045 population forecasts for its member counties and municipalities. These forecasts were formally adopted by the DVRPC Board on July 28, 2016, and serve as the basis for DVRPC planning and modeling activities. Employment forecasts in five-year increments through 2045 are scheduled to be adopted in October 2016.

Alternatives Development for Roosevelt Boulevard Transit Enhancements

June 30, 2016

Roosevelt Boulevard is a complex corridor with many needs. The purpose of this project was to take a fresh look at transit needs specifically and develop improvement strategies that could be achieved at grade within the existing cross section of the roadway, at comparatively lower cost and in a shorter timeframe than the subway/elevated line that has historically been the focus of transit planning efforts and remains a long-term ambition. The public has expressed an ongoing interest in improved public transit service on Roosevelt Boulevard, through such feedback efforts as the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's (DVRPC) Dots & Dashes exercise to develop the 2008Long-Range Vision for Transit, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's 2035 Comprehensive Plan, and DVRPC Choices & Voices feedback for the Connections 2040long-range plan. This project was a response to that feedback, and to a sense that the corridor has been long on plans but short on progress—owing to solutions that have resided in perpetual long range for financial reasons.

Transportation Conformity Demonstration: Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan and FY 2017 TIP for Pennsylvania

June 30, 2016

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) demonstrates transportation conformity of its Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Pennsylvania Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). A transportation conformity demonstration is required at least once every four years or when an metropolitan planning organization: (1) adopts a new Plan or TIP; or (2) amends, adds, or deletes a regionally significant, nonexempt project in a Plan or TIP. This conformity finding of the DVRPC Plan and TIPs shows that they meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards requirements governing ozone, carbon monoxide, and fine particulate matter. This conformity finding reflects all amendments to the Plan and TIPs through June 2016.

Greater Philadelphia Future Forces

April 1, 2016

This effort builds scenarios off a set of Future Forces of change in Greater Philadelphia. Future Forces may accelerate or reverse current trends, or create new ones that significantly impact demographics, development patterns, use of the regional transportation system, the economy, and/or the environment. These Future Forces were identified collaboratively by the Greater Philadelphia Futures Group consisting of regional stakeholder experts: This effort builds scenarios off a set of Future Forces of change in Greater Philadelphia. Future Forces may accelerate or reverse current trends, or create new ones that significantly impact demographics, development patterns, use of the regional transportation system, the economy, and/or the environment. These Future Forces were identified collaboratively by the Greater Philadelphia Futures Group consisting of regional stakeholder experts: * Enduring Urbanism -- People and jobs moving to walkable centers is the start of a long-term trend. * The Free Agent Economy -- Increased outsourcing and automation means individuals must create their own economic opportunities. * Severe Climate -- Continued rise in atmospheric carbon levels lead to significant disruptions from climate change. * Transportation on Demand -- Smartphones, apps, and real-time information help people get around using a variety of new and existing transportation modes. * The U.S. Energy Boom -- An abundance of domestically produced oil and natural gas keeps the cost of energy low. The Future Forces were analyzed and modeled as what-if scenarios out to the year 2045. This highlights how the region may change over the next 30 years, with potential shifts in transportation demand, and identifies specific opportunities that may arise and challenges the region is likely to face. Lastly, the report identifies actions needed to better position the region to respond to these Future Forces. Contingent actions and skills are specific to each force, and leading indicators can be used to determine if it is occurring in the region. Universal actions are beneficial regardless of which forces arise. A larger, more detailed report (Greater Philadelphia Future Forces Technical Report, DVRPC Publication Number 16007) was developed to accompany this report.

Municipal Energy Management: Best Practices from DVRPC's Direct Technical Assistance Program

April 1, 2016

This guide highlights best practices and lessons learned from municipal energy management projects in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2013 and 2014, DVRPC worked with nine municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania to provide direct technical assistance with measuring, analyzing, and developing implementation strategies for energy management in municipal buildings. The goal of energy management is to identify opportunities for improving how energy is being used at a facility and to develop analyses that support decision making on how best to prioritize and implement these improvements. These improvements can remedy various problems -- high energy and maintenance costs due to malfunctioning, poorly installed or aging equipment, poor occupant comfort due to a lack of weatherization, or poorly controlled equipment. This guide will illustrate several best practices for identifying and implementing energy management opportunities that save money and improve building comfort.