TCRPC News


September 21, 2017

Dauphin County Comp Plan Committees to Track Progress With Series of Meetings

The Implementation Partner committees formed during the preparation of the Dauphin County Comprehensive Plan will begin a series of meetings to track the progress of the plan's goals.
 
The first meetings will be held at the Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, 2410 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg on Thur., Sept. 28.
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The committees will meet at the following times:
  • Growing Within Our Environment, 10 a.m.;
  • Growing Our Communities, 1 p.m.;
  • Growing Our Economy, 2:30 p.m.
Meeting materials and summaries will be posted on the comp plan website's Tracking Our Progress pages.
 
Questions may be directed to Jerry Duke or Steve Deck at 717-234-2639.

September 8, 2017

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HATS REGIONAL BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COUNTS COMING IN OCTOBER

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2017 HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place on:
  • Sunday 10/1, 12-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10/3, 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10/4, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday 10/5, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday 10/7, 12-2 p.m.
The counts, conducted exclusively by volunteers, provide vital data to our region's planners, decision makers and anyone else interested in making walking and biking safer and more convenient in the HATS Region. They are conducted as part of the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation project.
 
More info and to sign up, visit our bike-ped page.

Retiring TCRPC Executive Director Timothy P. Reardon

Retiring TCRPC Executive Director
Timothy P. Reardon

September 8, 2017

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION TO RETIRE

Timothy P. Reardon Leaving TCRPC After 34 Years
 
Timothy P. Reardon, executive director of Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC), has announced that he will retire at the end of 2017.
 
Reardon, who began working as a transportation planner at TCRPC in 1984, became executive director in 2010. During his tenure, Tim has actively engaged with the region’s 103 municipalities to meet their planning needs while increasing awareness about the regional impact of local decisions. He has reviewed and had a hand in creating countless comprehensive, zoning and subdivision plans and ordinances for the area, often attending monthly meetings to offer input.
 
Reardon has also led the administration of the Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS), the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). He began working with HATS as a transit planner, then managed its financial contracts, and most recently served as chairman of HATS’ Technical Committee. In these roles he has been a staunch advocate for addressing the connection between local land use decisions and the demand on regional transportation infrastructure and investments. He continues to participate on various committees, work groups and panels for planning organizations and is a frequent guest speaker.
 
“It’s been an honor to serve the region for the past 34 years,” Reardon said. “I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with many wonderful people from all around the region, and I’m proud of the commission’s accomplishments as we’ve worked toward growth and prosperity for Central Pennsylvania. I’m confident that work will continue long into the future.”
 
Established in 1966, TCRPC provides planning services for the region, including:
  • the Regional Growth Management Plan, which promotes economic growth and revitalization in local communities while protecting natural resources, optimizing transportation options and recognizing important quality-of-life issues;
  • HATS, the federally designated MPO for Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties;
  • and providing staff support to the Dauphin and Perry county planning commissions.
TCRPC’s 19-member, county-appointed commission is comprised of residents and officials from Dauphin and Perry counties.

September 1, 2017

PMPEI Course in Subdivision & Land Development Review

TCRPC will offer a Subdivision and Land Development Review course in October 2017 in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute.
 
The course will take place 6 to 9:30 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays, October 12, 19 & 26, at the Swatara Township Building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17111. 
 
Continuing education credits are available.

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August 30, 2017

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR REGIONAL PLANNING AREA REPRESENTATIVES

Every two years, representatives are appointed by the Dauphin and Perry Boards of County Commissioners based on nominations from the County Planning Commissions and seven specific geographic areas, called Regional Planning Areas.
 
If you are interested in serving on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, please see the nomination form.

August 17, 2017

TCRPC Expanding FREE Lunch & Learn Program

TCRPC will expand its FREE Lunch & Learn program to two webinars per month beginning this fall. To kick off our expanded program, we will offer a pair of Law and Ethics Distance Education Sessions in October and November.
 
They include:
 
FAIR HOUSING: SERIOUS RESPONSIBILITY, SERIOUS LIABILITY
1.5 CM law credits
12-1:45 p.m., Wednesday 10/4
This session will review significant changes in Federal Fair Housing requirements that occurred in 2015. Topics include the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Federal Fair Housing Act, HUD’s new rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, and the implementation of the rule through the Assessment of Fair Housing template. The session will help HUD entitlement communities plan for the new fair housing requirements and better understand what these developments mean for their programs, policies and land use regulations. This webinar is sponsored by APA Housing and Community Development Division.
PLANNING ETHICS: DEALING WITH PROBLEM BOARDS & BOARD MEMBERS
1.5 CM ethics credits
12-1:45 p.m., Wednesday 11/1
Have you faced a situation where a board member -- or the entire board -- goes rogue, veering into unethical or even illegal territory? As an AICP member, what is your role and what are your responsibilities when this occurs?  We will explore these issues through three video scenarios, discussion among a panel of experts, and audience participation through interactive polling and questions (previously recorded). This webinar is sponsored by Connecticut Chapter APA.
TCRPC's Lunch & Learn sessions are held in our second-floor conference room at 112 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

July 26, 2017

PennDOT Planning & Research Funds Available

PennDOT is making Statewide Planning and Research funds available for transportation planning studies in 2017-18. Proposals will be selected for funding based on the following criteria:
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  • Planning studies should be focused on a specific transportation problems such as corridor congestion, land use continuity with existing transportation infrastructure, freight accessibility/compatibility with surrounding land use, limited pedestrian and/or bicycle accommodations, stormwater management problems, or lack of transit access.
  • Planning studies should include a consideration for leveraging other funding sources to implement findings, such as Transportation Alternatives funding, DCNR funding, other local funding opportunities, etc.
  • Local participation in funding transportation planning studies will be given priority consideration.
  • Planning studies should support the prioritization of any problems relative to other problems within the community.
For information, email Planner Casey Baxendale or call 717-234-2639.

July 21, 2017

DRAFT UPDATE of Regional Growth Management Plan now available

View draft below or visit our RGMP page.

July 13, 2017

Dauphin County Commissioners Adopt NEW 10-YEAR
Comprehensive Plan

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Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III yesterday adopted a new comprehensive plan that outlines community, environmental and economic development goals for the county and establishes the steps needed to achieve these goals. 

“Called ‘Growing Together,’ the plan is the culmination of an extensive effort over the past year to coordinate with residents, public officials and a variety of organizations to develop a comprehensive, forward-looking plan,” said Haste. “In fact, this plan is the first county plan in the state to have a dedicated website so that residents, elected leaders and planners can easily access it.”

The website for the Dauphin County Comprehensive Plan is www.DauphinCountyCompPlan.org

Dauphin County is also the first county to use the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s “Implementable Comprehensive Plan” approach to develop a user-friendly, action-oriented process for accomplishing goals.

“The plan is designed to be interactive and continually updated,” said Pries. “We thank the planning staff and the many organizations who provided input and helped to frame this plan.”

The plan was developed over the past year and included a public presentation to the county commissioners on June 7 and a public hearing on July 12, prior to the vote.

“It took time to develop this inclusive, forward-thinking plan, but we wanted to do it right and have public input,” said Hartwick. “This plan is a tool not only for the county but also for municipalities.”

At a July 12 public hearing of the Dauphin County Commissioners, TCRPC staffers Jerry Duke and Steve Deck, right, offer a presentation on the county's new 10-year comprehensive plan. Commissioners George P. Hartwick III, Jeff Haste and Mike Pries, left, unanimously approved the plan.
At a July 12 public hearing of the Dauphin County Commissioners, TCRPC staffers Jerry Duke and Steve Deck, right, offer a presentation on the county's new 10-year comprehensive plan. Commissioners George P. Hartwick III, Jeff Haste and Mike Pries, left, unanimously approved the plan.

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July 5, 2017

TCRPC's July 2017 newsletter now online

Inside you'll find articles on:
  • the HATS Regional Freight Summit; Dauphin County's comprehensive plan;
  • a drone being used for a Susquehanna Twp. parking study;
  • an update on our Regional Growth Management Plan;
  • bicycle and pedestrian funding opportunities;
  • HATS adopting the 2017 CMP plan;
  • FHWA's Performance Management rules;
  • the Perry County planning program;
  • a reminder about our Premier Project Awards;
  • and much more.
Get the latest news & updates from TCRPC now!

June 30, 2017

HATS Regional Freight SumMIT TO RESULT IN IMPLEMENTATION PLAN BY END OF JULY

Held June 29, the HATS Regional Freight Summit gave those with a vested interest in South Central Pennsylvania's freight industry the opportunity to come together and discuss the wide variety of issues they are facing today -- topics such as posted and bonded roadways, increased truck traffic and crashes, aging bridges and much more.
 
The summit included presentations on the HATS region's multimodal freight profile and critical urban and rural freight corridors; a discussion on strategic choices for regional freight movement; and development of an implementation plan to address the above issues.
 
The plan will be completed by the end of July.
 
Below are photos from the event:
 

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June 27, 2017

2017 CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROCESS PLAN UPDATE

The 2017 update for the HATS region's Congestion Management Process plan is now available here

The CMP is an ongoing process. It determines where congestion exists on the regional roadway network, identifies the causes of congestion and develops transportation strategies to reduce traffic congestion, enhance safety and allow for better mobility across the region.

Federal regulations require all Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) or urban areas with a population greater than 200,000, such as the HATS region, to produce a CMP. These regulations require CMPs to be implemented as a continuous part of the regional metropolitan planning process, which includes integrating with the HATS Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).


June 27, 2017

REMINDER: HATS REGIONAL FREIGHT SUMMIT on THUR 6/29

Norfolk Southern train engine in Harrisburg Rail Yard
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WHEN: 8 AM - 12 PM, Thursday, June 29, 2017
WHERE: Best Western Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg (map)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Shippers, Receivers, Carriers & Municipal Officials
PennDOT Policy Director Roger J. Cohen will offer the keynote address.

PennDOT Policy Director Roger J. Cohen will offer the keynote address.

The HATS Regional Freight Summit is an opportunity for those with a vested interest in South Central Pennsylvania's freight industry to come together and discuss the wide variety of issues they are facing today -- topics such as posted and bonded roadways, increased truck traffic and crashes, aging bridges and much more.
 
The summit will include presentations on the HATS region's multimodal freight profile and critical urban and rural freight corridors; a discussion on strategic choices for regional freight movement; and development of an implementation plan to address the above issues.
 
NOTE: Registration for this event is closed.

May 25, 2017

TCRPC's 2016 Building Activity Report Now Available for Download

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TCRPC's 2016 Building Activity Report shows the area continues to experience sustained growth in development.
 
Among our findings: Cumberland and Perry counties saw an overall increase in dwelling units, with Dauphin County showing a slight decrease over 2015. Combined, the three counties issued permits for 1,780 new residential units in 2016, an increase of 151 units over 2015. Cumberland County’s increase resulted from an increase in semi-detached and multi-family apartment dwellings. Perry County’s came from a rise in permits for single family homes. Dauphin County also saw an increase in single family homes over 2015.
 
Download the report here.

MAY 23, 2017

2-DAY Effective Small MS4 Stormwater Workshop Slated for 6/14-15

A two-day workshop by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network on Effective Small MS4 Stormwater Programs will be held 9 AM-4 PM on Wednesday 6/14 and 9 AM-12 PM on Thursday 6/15 at the Londonderry Township building, 783 S. Geyers Church Rd., Middletown.
 
The workshop will cover elements of MS4 permits, full cycle stormwater BMP implementation and BMPs for existing development.
 
It's sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center and Capital Region Council of Governments.
 
To register by 6/12, visit http://bit.ly/2rdgMlf

May 5, 2017

TCRPC COLLECTS 200+ LBS OF FOOD TO SUPPORT CENTRAL PA Food BANK

Thanks to everyone who made donations to the food drive at our 2017 luncheon on May 4, we collected over 200 pounds of non-perishables for the Central PA Food Bank -- enough for 125 meals for local families in need. We appreciate your generosity! For more pictures and highlights from the event, go here.
TCRPC staff and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards (center) at our 2017 luncheon, held May 4 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Swatara Township.

TCRPC staff and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards (center) at our 2017 luncheon, held May 4 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Swatara Township.


May 1, 2017

RGMP OUTREACH MEETINGS SLATED

In May, TCRPC will hold six outreach meetings on the Regional Growth Management Plan, which is currently being updated to reflect future land use impacts. The purpose of the meetings is to explain the RGMP's scenarios and receive public input on its performance measures. The meeting schedule includes:
  • Mon 5/8, 2 PM: Western Cumberland County COG meeting, West Pennsboro Township municipal building, 2150 Newville Road, Carlisle, PA 17015 (map)
  • Mon 5/15, 7 PM: Capital Region COG meeting, Hampden Township municipal building, 230 S. Sporting Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 (map)
  • Tue 5/16, 11 AM: Newport Borough Public Library, 316 N 4th St, Newport, PA 17074 (map)
  • Wed 5/17, 11 AM: Swatara Township municipal building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd, Harrisburg, PA 17111 (map)
  • Thu 5/18, 7 PM: Mifflin Township municipal building, 534 Municipal Road, Millersburg, PA 17061 (Upper Dauphin COG meeting) (map)
  • Mon 5/22, 10 AM: Carroll Township municipal building, 50 Rambo Hill Road, Shermans Dale, PA 17090 (map)

April 21, 2017

Municipal Officials Breakfast TO FEATURE PANEL

"Municipal & State Police Protection: How Much Does It Cost & Who Pays?"
The Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS is inviting municipal officials, managers and staff to a FREE Municipal Officials Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 AM on Thur., June 8 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. The breakfast will feature a panel discussion entitled "Municipal & State Police Protection: How Much Does It Cost & Who Pays?" Panelists include State Rep. Mike Sturla, Democratic Policy Chair; Al Bienstock, Hampden Township Board of Commissioners; Lt. William McAreavy, Director, Policy and Program Services Division, PA State Police; Mike Smith, Director of Government Affairs & Outreach, Office of the Governor; and Bryan Gembusia, South Middleton Township Board of Supervisors. Register by Fri., June 2 by calling (717) 364-3200.

April 18, 2017

SPRING 2017 HATS REGIONAL BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COUNTS

We are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place on:
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  • Sunday 5/14, 12-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday 5/16, 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 5/17, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday 5/18, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday 5/20, 12-2 p.m.
The counts, conducted exclusively by volunteers, provide vital data to our region's planners, decision makers and anyone else interested in making walking and biking safer and more convenient in the HATS Region.
 
The count locations were determined as a cooperative effort between HATS planning staff, the HATS Bike/Ped Task Force and other local stakeholders.
 
To sign up for the counts, for instructions and training slides on how to perform the counts, or for locations and maps, visit our Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning page.
 
If you have questions, please email Andrew Bomberger or call (717) 234-2639.
 
The counts are being done as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation project.

APRIL 18, 2017

2020 CENSUS: LUCA INFORMATION SESSION SLATED

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TCRPC will host a free Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) informational session by the U.S. Census Bureau from 1 to 2 p.m. on FRIDAY, APRIL 28 at the Swatara Township Municipal Building, 599 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg. (see map)
 
The session is open to government officials, regional planners, municipal clerks, assessors or anyone interested in learning more about the program.
 
LUCA is the only opportunity for your municipality to review and comment on the Census Bureau's residential address list prior to the 2020 Census. This program helps your municipality ensure that the Census Bureau has a comprehensive, complete and accurate address list for your jurisdiction. Billions of federal dollars are distributed based on the decennial Census numbers and those numbers rely on an accurate address list.
 
Mark your calendar now to join us for this opportunity. We hope to see you there.
 
If you have questions, please contact the Census Bureau at 1-866-238-1374, Option 1.

April 17, 2017

REMINDER: OUR NEXT LUNCH & LEARN: WED 5/17

"Using Reverse Fiscal Impact Analysis in Pre-Disaster Planning"

12-1:15 PM, TCRPC's 2nd floor training room, 112 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.
Fiscal impact analysis is commonly used to determine the impact of land development on a municipal, county or school budget. However, with a few tweaks, it can also be used as part of pre- or post-disaster planning and hazard mitigation planning to determine the impact of property buy-outs on these same budgets, and is thus called a “reverse” fiscal impact analysis. This webinar will provide a practitioner’s guide to performing a reverse fiscal impact analysis and case studies from flood-prone communities. Moderator: Peter Wulfhorst; Speaker: Steve Nelson.
This is a free webinar presented by Penn State Extension Service.
Worth 1.25 AICP CM Credits.
TCRPC's FREE Lunch & Learn Events are held 12-1:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of most months.

APRIL 12, 2017

DRAFT OF DAUPHIN COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW & COMMENT

HARRISBURG, PA – Dauphin County residents are invited to review and comment on a draft of the county's comprehensive plan between now and May 26. The draft plan, entitled "Growing Together," is accessible at www.dauphincountycompplan.orgRead the entire news release here.

MARCH 31, 2017

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TCRPC 2016 Annual Report now online

Current and previous years available here.

 


MarcH 24, 2017

$100,000 Available to Support Local Planning Projects

TCRPC is pleased to announce another round of funding for its Regional Connections Grant Program. The program was created to support local planning and development efforts in individual municipalities that help implement TCRPC’s regional long range land use and transportation plans.
 
Application and instructions are available here. Deadline is June 1.

March 20, 2017

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DAUPHIN COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION 2016 ANNUAL REPORT NOW ONLINE

Current & previous years available here.

 

 


March 20, 2017

Share your community's transportation priorities FOR PennDOT's 12-YEAR PLAN & HATS' TIP UPDATE

Every two years, the State Transportation Commission and PennDOT update the current Twelve Year Transportation Program to lay out projects for the future. It also marks the start of TCRPC's Transportation Improvement Program update. An important step in this process is to hear from the public. To share your priorities and pinpoint transportation needs in your community, go here and take the survey. Also, PennDOT's 2019 Twelve Year Program update fact sheet can be found here.

March 20, 2017

Public Forum announced for "Dauphin County’s Return on Environment"

Susquehanna River, courtesy of Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club

Susquehanna River, courtesy of Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club

Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Audubon Pennsylvania and Keystone Conservation Trust are inviting everyone to attend the first public forum on "Dauphin County’s Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protecting, Restoring, and Expanding Nature’s Financial Benefits." 
 
The free presentation is slated for Thur., Apr. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, Millersburg.
 
Since last year, numerous organizations, including TCPRC, have participated in a series of meetings to discuss and quantify the value of Dauphin County’s forests, rivers and streams, air shed and open space. The purpose of the study was to determine the value of these resources that impact residents’ quality of life, health, sense of place, cost of living and the local economy.
 
The annual Return on Environment value for Dauphin County is not tens of thousands of dollars or even a few hundred million dollars. The figure will surprise and astound you!
 
Participating organizations include conservation groups, outdoor recreation organizations, Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and TCRPC.
 
Please RSVP by April 10 to bmountcastle@appalachiantrail.org. Space is limited to 100 attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

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MARCH 17, 2017

HATS 2016 ANNUAL REPORT NOW ONLINE

Current & previous years available here.

March 16, 2017

HATS Seeking Input on Public Participation Plan

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The Harrisburg Area Transportation Study is updating its public participation plan and is requesting your input on the draft document. The public comment period opened on March 6, 2017 and will close on April 20, 2017. The draft Public Participation Plan is available for review on the HATS website. The document is also available in hard copy at the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission office, 112 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Harrisburg; Perry County Planning Commission Office, 20 West McClure Street, New Bloomfield; and Cumberland County Planning Commission Office, 310 Allen Road, Suite 101, Carlisle. A display table at Strawberry Square Mall Atrium, 320 Market Street, Harrisburg will be available on Wednesday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the purpose of distributing information and allowing additional comment opportunities on the plan. All comments should be submitted in writing to Casey Baxendale at the TCRPC Harrisburg address, faxed to (717) 234-4058, or emailed to cbaxendale@tcrpc-pa.org no later than 4 p.m. on April 20, 2017.
 
HATS is committed to compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of applicable civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations and policies. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. With advance notification, accommodations may be provided for those with special needs related to language, sight or hearing. If you have a request for a special need, wish to file a complaint or desire additional information, please contact Tri-County Regional Planning Commission at 717-234-2639 or hats@tcrpc-pa.org.

March 3, 2017

TCRPC'S MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER

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FEBRUARY 21, 2017

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PCPC 2016 Annual Report

Current & previous years available here.

JANUARY 31, 2017

YOU'RE INVITED TO TCRPC's 2017 LUNCHEON

TCRPC’s 2017 annual program is set for Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Swatara Township. This year's event will be a luncheon rather than our traditional evening dinner in the hope of better accommodating more local officials' schedules. Our keynote speaker will be PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, who will talk about the PennDOT Connects program and how it benefits local municipalities. The admission price is $10 per person, plus one canned good item for a food drive benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. 
 
For more info and to register, click here

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JANUARY 10, 2017

Dauphin County Presents 5th Annual Premier Project Awards

The Dauphin County Commissioners and Planning Commission today presented the fifth annual Premier Project Awards during a luncheon ceremony at the Civic Club of Harrisburg.
 
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View all winners from 2012 to 2016

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JANUARY 3, 2017

UPDATED OUR MEDICAL MARIJUANA MODEL ORDINANCE

The update is available here.