15 December 2009

Regional smart growth group hosts forum

YorkCounts is a big believer in regionalism and in better land-use planning. So we're excited about this coalition that was formed recently by representatives from York and Adams counties. And this group, the York-Adams Regional Smart Growth Coalition, is not made up of the usual collection of planners and township managers. This is home builders and real estate agents, businesspeople who have skin in the game for wanting to see growth managed more effectively.

The YorkCounts board recently endorsed the coalition's mission, which includes the following:

  • Encouraging environmentally sound development practices
  • Sustaining healthy farms and abundant farmland
  • Revitalizing our older urban areas
  • Fostering economic growth that brings high-quality jobs to our citizens
  • Assuring reasonable housing costs that keep home ownership within reach of most households and providing an array of homeownership opportunities in our communities
  • Matching infrastructure development with growth strategies
  • And encouraging growth in areas where infrastructure currently exists
Darrell Auterson, president of the York County Economic Development Corp., serves as the coalition's chairman. If you're interested in smart growth, the group's next meeting is 9 a.m. Dec. 16 - that's tomorrow - at the offices of the Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties, 901 Smile Way, York. Brian Hare, chief of PennDOT's Design Services division, will discuss Pennsylvania’s Smart Transportation movement, and Brandy Heilman, executive director of Commuter Services of Pennsylvania, will talk about alternatives for commuters. For details or to register, contact Shanna Wiest at 717-880-1230 or shanna@rayac.com.

- Dan Fink

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