Work is underway on the year 2035 update to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) long-range plan for the greater Philadelphia region, entitled Connections – The Regional Plan for a Sustainable Future. The public outreach component of the update is beginning with an on-line survey to gather opinions on regional issues. Input from this survey will help to revaluate and refine the future vision and goals for the key planning areas of transportation, land use, economic development, and the environment, which will form the framework of the plan.
As part of the plan update, a scenario planning exercise will be conducted to compare the continuation of current trends (‘business as usual’ scenario) with the fully implemented strategies based on the public opinion survey and the current long range plan (visionary scenario). Following this exercise, a series of focus groups will be conducted to consider the scenarios and further enhance goals and objectives for each of the key planning areas.
DVRPC will also convene public workshops in each of the nine counties in the DVRPC region to help define the core planning principles and policies for the plan. These workshops will also assist in identifying strategies to achieve the vision and goals and provide initial feedback on transportation investments.
Connections will focus on strengthening the linkages between land use, the environment, economic development and the transportation system. Recent long-range planning policies have emphasized sustainable growth, redeveloping existing regional centers, and funding transportation projects which support the plan’s goals. Additionally, Connections will address new focus areas such as climate change and energy needs.
Regular updates about the Connections Plan will appear on this website and in issues of DVRPC News throughout the duration of its development. DVRPC encourages and appreciates your ongoing involvement and input to developing the new long-range plan and in shaping the future of the Delaware Valley.