TCRPC Updates

$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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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 Space is limited to 100 attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

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MARCH 17, 2017


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March 16, 2017

HATS Seeking Input on Public Participation Plan

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 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

March 3, 2017


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FEBRUARY 21, 2017

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PCPC 2016 Annual Report

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JANUARY 31, 2017


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

JANUARY 10, 2017

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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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JANUARY 3, 2017


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DECEMBER 27, 2016


We've created a YouTube channel for the Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS) that will be a repository for meeting videos. Five 2016 meetings of the HATS Coordinating Committee are now available here, as well as on the HATS meeting page and individual meeting dates on the TCRPC calendar. The channel will be updated as more videos become available.

DECEMBER 20, 2016

2017-2020 TIP Project Map Updated

We recently updated our map of TIP projects in the TCRPC region. Click here to view it.

Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards

November 21, 2016

PA Transportation SecRETARY To Speak at TCRPC's 2017 Annual Program

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards will be the guest speaker at TCRPC’s 2017 annual program, Thursday, May 4 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Swatara Township. For more info on the luncheon, click here.

NOVEMBER 9, 2016


Inside this Issue...
  • HATS Begins Updating CMP Plan
  • Dauphin Co. Comprehensive Plan Update
  • PMPEI Course in Zoning Coming in March
  • Save the Dates
  • Supplemental Planning Funds Available
  • PCPC Sets 2017 Outreach Visits
  • Upcoming Lunch & Learn Sessions
  • Meet Our New Staff & Fall 2016 Interns
  • HATS Freight Plan Being Developed
  • Sidewalk Asset Inventory Growing
  • FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map Update
  • Takeaways: APA PA Annual Conference
  • 2040 RGMP Update
  • HATS Accepts TAP Apps Year-round

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

TIP Page Update

We've updated the Transportation Improvement Program page on our website, including the 2017-20 TIP documents. As always, if you have transportation concerns in the Tri-County region, please let us know. You can fill out a HATS Transportation Problem Description Form and email it to Planner Casey Baxendale or mail it to HATS, 112 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

November 8, 2016


  • When: Thursdays, March 2, 9 & 16, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Swatara Township Building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17111.
  • What: Designed for planning commissioners, zoning officials, elected officials and others interested or involved in zoning. Topics will include the relationship of zoning to comprehensive plans, key terms used in zoning and how they are applied, critical issues in drafting a zoning ordinance, procedures for adopting and amending ordinances, and basic zoning administration. Offered in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute.
  • How much: $35 for entire three-session course.
  • Continuing ed: Continuing education credits are available for realtors, engineers, surveyors, landscape architects, UCC officials and lawyers who attend.
  • Note: Attendance at all three sessions is required for completion of the course.

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November 7, 2016

Supplemental Planning Funds Available for TRANSPORTATION Planning

From time to time, funds for efforts outside our normal transportation program are made available through PennDOT for planning projects. These are referred to as “supplemental planning funds.” They are usually focused on planning projects which support land use initiatives, available in limited amounts through the transportation planning partners (MPO and RPO) on a statewide basis, and therefore, are very competitive.
PennDOT just announced that supplemental planning funds are available from both FHWA and FTA for planning projects, which must be completed no later than June 30, 2018 and provide a minimum 20 percent local (non-federal) match. Requests for these funds must be processed through HATS, as the projects become part of the HATS Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and administered through TCRPC.
For FHWA funds, there is a total of $1 million available statewide for supplemental planning studies. For FTA funds, there is a total of $30,000 available for the Harrisburg MPO region (Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties) for transit-related transportation planning.
Potential eligible projects will be gathered by HATS staff, reviewed and prioritized by HATS at its December 2 and December 16 meetings, and submitted to PennDOT for their consideration and award. Decisions will be announced in early 2017. 
If you have a project you wish to have considered for supplemental planning funds, please fill out the Supplemental Planning Funds Request Form and email it to Casey Baxendale no later than November 30. Please be prepared to have the required local 20 percent match commitment.

October 6, 2016

CMP Plan Update Meeting

The HATS Congestion Management Process (CMP) Plan Update kick-off meeting is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on Thur, Oct. 13 at the TCRPC office, 112 Market St., 2nd floor, in downtown Harrisburg. The meeting will include an overview of the CMP process, a review of the draft project outline, and discussions by planning advisory committee members on congestion issues in region. For questions, email Tom Edinger or call (717) 234-2639.

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OCTOBER 5, 2016

Save the Date: 2016 Premier Project Awards Ceremony Slated for Jan. 10

The Dauphin County Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission invite you to save the date for the 2016 Premier Project Awards ceremony! The event will take place Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Civic Club of Harrisburg, 612 N. Front Street. Lunch will be catered by Stock's on 2nd.
This annual awards program acknowledges and encourages planning excellence in Dauphin County, which in turn promotes economic development, natural resource protection and historic preservation throughout the community.
Please mark the date on your calendar and keep an eye out for our official invitation in the near future. For info, email Dauphin County Planning Coordinator Jerry Duke or call 717-234-2639.

AUGUST 26, 2016

Fall 2016 HATS Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2016 HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place during the following dates and times:
  • Sunday, September 18, 12-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 20, 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 21, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 22, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 24, 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.
Link to our Bike/Ped page for more info.

AUGUST 10, 2016

Call for Entries for 2016 Dauphin County Premier Project Awards -- NOW CLOSED

The Dauphin County Board of Commissioners & Planning Commission invite you to submit your entries for the 2016 Premier Project Awards! This annual program acknowledges & encourages planning excellence in the county, which in turn promotes economic development, natural resource protection & historic preservation throughout the community. 

AUGUST 8, 2016

Reminder: Register Now for PMPEI Course in Community Planning -- NOW CLOSED

TCRPC is offering a Community Planning course in partnership with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute. The course is designed for new and veteran planning commissioners as well as local officials. It will take place Oct. 6, 13 and 20 and will cover the basics of the PA Municipalities Planning Code, zoning, subdivision, land development, comprehensive plans, official maps, planning and implementation agreements, the Sunshine Act and more. Continuing education credits are available for realtors, engineers, surveyors, landscape architects, UCC officials and lawyers who attend. For more info and to register, click here.

JULY 27, 2016

Updated Our Medical Marijuana Model Ordinance

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Participating in the drawing, from left, were Commissioner George Hartwick, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Tim Reardon, Controller Timothy DeFoor and Commissioner Mike Pries.

Participating in the drawing, from left, were Commissioner George Hartwick, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Tim Reardon, Controller Timothy DeFoor and Commissioner Mike Pries.

June 17, 2016


Dauphin County officials held a drawing on June 8 to select three lucky winners who participated in an online survey to provide input on the county's comprehensive plan. The survey, conducted by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, solicited public opinion on a variety of important topics affecting Dauphin County's future, including land use, housing, economic development, transportation, natural resources, community service and culture. 

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May 11, 2016

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission held its 2016 Annual Dinner and 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thur., May 5 at the Country Club of Harrisburg. Approximately 130 local leaders and planners attended the event, which featured a keynote address by nationally recognized transportation expert Mariia Zimmerman of MZ Strategies in Richmond, VA. Zimmerman spoke about the ways in which local, county and state governments can cooperate to create the interconnected communities of the future. 

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April 12, 2016

HATS to Count Bicyclists & Pedestrians at Central PA Intersections, Provide Data to Local Governments & Planners

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts organized by the Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS).

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April 8, 2016


A new online survey is giving local residents and businesses a chance to make their voices heard on the future of Dauphin County. 
Survey is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!
Click here to see who won our drawing.

January 12, 2016

Dauphin County Premier Project Awards

Four major projects are being recognized for excellence as part of the fourth annual Dauphin County Premier Project Awards.