Regional Connections Grant
A third round of funding is available through Tri-County Regional Planning Commission for the Regional Connections Grant program. The purpose of the program is to support the creation or execution of plans within and between municipalities that link land use and transportation to create a more sustainable region. It serves to help connect local decisions and actions to achieve the goals established in the Regional Growth Management Plan. Activities undertaken must emphasize context-sensitive, cost-effective solutions that serve to manage growth, enhance community character, and maximize existing infrastructure capacity. The Regional Connections Grant program places priority on multi-municipal planning efforts necessary to provide for the orderly growth and development of the region, however individual communities are also eligible to apply.
Questions or concerns? Consult our RGMP Grant Fact Sheet, just click here.
RGMP Memorandum of Understanding
The intent of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to ensure the Regional Growth Management Plan (RGMP) is implemented in an open manner involving regional stakeholders, consistent with Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) policies, and an accurate reflection of the region's values. Its purpose is to form a working relationship between TCRPC and its municipalities in the implementation of the regional plan.
The MOU is necessary for all Grant Applications, for the full MOU, click here .
Regional Connections Grant Program Completed Projects
The first project to be funded by the TCRPC's new grant program is a regional trail plan in Eastern Cumberland County. The plan includes eight municipalities working together to analyze gaps in the regional trail network, click here to see a presentation on the project.
For a copy of the final report of the regional trail plan, contact: Will Soper at email@example.com.
The second round of TCRPC's Regional Connections Grant Program Projects are detailed here.
TCRPC's Regional Growth Management Plan
- Policy Statements
- Element 1: Land Use
- Element 2: Housing
- Element 3: Commercial and Economic Development
- Element 4: Transportation
- Element 5: Community Facilities and Services
- Element 6: Natural and Environmental Resources
- Element 7: Historic, Cultural and Scenic Resources
Regional Growth Management Plan Summary
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) views the process of planning for physical development in the region as dynamic in nature and alternating between larger area-wide planning efforts toward more detailed County, Municipal and Project planning. The Regional Growth Management Plan (RGMP) represents a significant attempt to address the problems associated with changing economic, social, and physical attributes of the Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry County Region. Implementation is occurring through the County and municipal level.
Periodic review and amendment of plan elements is essential. The Regional Growth Management Plan is especially important since it is the foundation for future county comprehensive plans, regional transportation plans and other updates. Regional planning, as envisioned by the Commission, is not a substitute for, but rather a supplement to local, county, state and federal planning activities. Over time, there is a need for a review and reevaluation of plan policies in light of the changes, which have occurred in the Region. The current regional land use plan was updated in 1982.
The Regional Growth Management Plan will serve as a guide for coordinating comprehensive planning among the 103 municipalities, 3 counties and regional planning agency within the Tri-County area. This plan is a working document that will serve as the foundation for future county comprehensive plans, regional transportation plans and other plan updates. Implementation of this plan will be through the municipal planning process and coordination among different agencies. This plan will be a reference for the Region in developing future development goals and strategies.
The Regional Growth Management Plan is designed to encourage inter-jurisdictional cooperation of ongoing planning for land use, transportation, economic and cultural development and to revise physical growth policies to the year 2035 for Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties.
The Objectives of the Planning Process
- Preparing and maintaining a coordinated and uniform data collection and analysis that provide on a continuous basis; summary data on population, land use, natural resources, public services and utilities of the Region;
- Promoting cooperation among Regional, County and Local planning activities;
- Promoting a better understanding of the interrelationships between land use and transportation, public utilities, services and of factors influencing physical growth and development within the Region;
- Increase awareness of the effects individual local community plans have on the development of surrounding communities;
Reinvigorating formal and informal mechanisms for continuous public participation and public involvement within TCRPC's planning program.
Elements of the Regional Growth Management Plan
Every planning project and process must embrace a formal structure to ensure that it is carried out in a logical and consistent manner. Typically, the plan process involves several important steps including:
- Plan Process and Study Design
- Analysis and Forecasts
- Formulation of Objectives and Standards
- Plan Design
- Plan Evaluation
- Plan Refinement and Adoption
Public involvement initiatives and plan implementation activities are generally initiated and considered throughout the planning process. Vigorous public involvement during the plan process assists in forming public and/or constituent "ownership" of the plan and its policies so that realization of the plans may be fostered.
During the design phase of the Regional Growth Management Plan, key work elements were outlined in the 1996 State Planning Assistance Grant applications. The 1996 grant was to define Planned Growth Areas for the Tri-County Region and complimentary development goals and objectives to be coordinated with Regional Transportation Plans and other mutually supportive plans. Since then, new elements, such as Commercial and Economic Development, have been added to enable to plan to represent a larger portion of the Region's planning activities. The following is an outline of the plan:
Introduction and Brief Review of Regional Planning in the Tri-County Region
Regional Growth Policy Statements — This contains the formal set of policy statements related to the PGA concept and the overall Regional Growth Management Plan.
Population Trends and Projections — Presents a description and Analysis of the Region’s resident population and historical trends and how the data is used in the planning process. Population projections to the year 2020 are the most important component of this element.
Element 1, Land Use — Description of the past and present land use patterns in the Tri-County Region are presented as well as the results of the 1997 Regional land use survey activities and vacant land use study. This Element also includes the 2009 Anderson Land Use maps
Element 2, Regional Housing Trends and Needs — Presents a brief description and analysis of the Region’s housing unit trends. An important component of Element 2 addresses the number of needed housing units as housing relates to population projections.
Element 3, Commercial and Economic Development — Presents a brief description and analysis of the Region’s commercial and economic development trends.
Element 4, Transportation System Overview — Describes the present transportation system, as well as, planned improvements to the transportation and transit systems. Element 4 also discusses the linkage between transportation and land use planning and the anticipated linkages of the PGA policies.
Element 5, Community Facilities and Services — Consists of an inventory of services in the region, including current levels of service and future demands on the systems.
Element 6, Natural and Environmental Resources — An inventory of select natural features used in the development of the Community Service Areas, Planned Growth Areas and other land use policies for the Region. Floodplains, wetlands, agriculture land for preservation, historical and other regionally significant features were researched.
Element 7, Historic, Cultural and Scenic Resources — An inventory of historic and culturally significant features of the Region.
CSA and PGA Delineation and Scenarios — Establishes the basic definitions and assumptions to be used in creating the CSA’s and PGA’s for the Tri-County Region. Additionally, it introduces 3 scenarios that were developed to help illustrate different types of development patterns in the Region
Implementation Recommendations — A set of implementation strategies and actions to realize the proposed Regional Growth Management Plan.
The RGMP is a working document and public comment is always welcome. For more information on the status of this project, please contact TCRPC at 717-234-2639 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org