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  • Back to the Northern Tier project - In the spirit of Linking Planning and NEPA, the Northern Tier’s plan consulted existing planning documents – this one from the Endless Mountains Heritage Region Management Action Plan – to better understand the historic built environment and potential archaeological considerations.
  • We will continue to offer comments and support as needed to any MPO and RPO, however each year we will have a special arrangement with one MPO or RPO to work with their planners throughout the planning process. We just wrapped up our partnership with Lancaster County which you just learned about and have begun a new partnership with DVRPC. The approach in DVRPC’s region will be much different and focused on determining local preservation priorities , a process for engaging people with preservation interests prior to any project planning, and devising a catalogue of advanced mitigation strategies.This approach will be piloted in Delaware County.

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  • 1. Long Range Transportation Planning Partnership Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 2. Bureau for Historic Preservation LR 1 Sycamore Allee, Dauphin Co.
  • 3. Pilot Survey / Planning Project Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission Land Use, Transportation and Economic Development (LUTED) Plan Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 4. How We Got to Here: Long story, short2004 Worked with agency partners (DCED & DCNR) to develop guidance on historic preservation planning2005 Published the Bureau for Historic Preservation’s Guidance for Historic Preservation Planning2006 PHMC’s Regional Preservation Plan Pilot: Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission2010 Developed Long Range Planning Partnership for MPOs and RPOs in partnership with FHWA and PennDOT Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 5. Northern Tier Pilot ProjectBuilt on Past Planning Initiatives Themes of Living with the Land Cultivating Agriculture Rich in Resources Building Community Over Hill, Over Dale Handcrafted Heritage Agricultural Development Era (1820 to 1870) Small-scale production Gristmills and Wood frame housing, one and a Turnpike routes Agricultural events: farms: sawmills half or two stories, sometimes - Milford and Owego - County fairs - Operating cattle, dairy Dairy industries: with an “ell”: - Bridgewater and - Fruit Festivals swine and sheep farms - Icehouses - Stephen Foster House, Athens Wilkes-Barre - Livestock Auctions - Various Century Farms - Leraysville Cheese - Baldwin House, Laporte - Berwick and Elmira - Horse and Antique Tractor (noted only in Bradford Factory, Leraysville - Wheaton Homestead, Covered Bridges in Luthers Pulls County) -Various surviving Salt Springs State Park Mills, Hillsgrove, Forksville, - Maple Sugar Festivals - Granaries of tight creameries, butter - Mitchell House, Sonestown, and Echo - Fall and Harvest Festivals construction factories, and cheese Bradford County farm Hollow Cultural sites: Commercial orchards factories Museum in Troy North Branch Canal and - Joseph Smith, Great bend producing small fruits: Maple syrup Village Greens and Greek adjoining railroad situated Vicinity -Various “Pick Your operations Revival Architecture: along the canal’s towpath - Stephen Foster (Folk Own” Orchards Montrose, New Milford, (was the Pennsylvania and Composer) Lime kilns Tunkhannock, and East New York Railroad, but - David Wilmot (Free-Soil Feed mills Smithfield changed to the Lehigh Valley Politician), Towanda Public schools Railroad later) Museums: General stores in Hillsgrove, - Surviving canal segment, - Bradford County Farm Estella, Sylvania, Warren Center, Tunkhannock to Vosburg Museum, Troy Forkston, and Forksville Starrucca Viaduct - Susquehanna Co Firemans Municipal buildings: Museum, Montrose - Harford Post Office Sources: Endless Mountains Heritage Region Management Action Plan, 1998; Historical Resources of Pennsylvania (c1700-1960), 2002 Sources: Endless Mountains Heritage Region Management Action Plan, 1998; Historical Resources of Pennsylvania (c1700-1960), 2002 Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 6. Northern Tier Pilot ProjectRecognized Resources as AssetsProject focused on assets along significant highwaycorridors in the regiono Historic resourceso Visitor amenities Restaurants Gas stationso Scenic views and landscapes Mansfield Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 7. Long Range Planning Partnershipwith MPOs and RPOso Based on the Northern Tier modelo Developed in cooperation with PHMC, FHWA, and PennDOTo PHMC-Bureau for Historic Preservation can provide direct training and technical assistance to MPOs and RPOs (under the FHWA-PENNDOT-PHMC funding agreement) Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 8. Long Range Planning Partnershipwith MPOs and RPOso Goals − Incorporate historic and archaeological resources more effectively throughout the LRTP process − Streamline the project review process by helping planners anticipate effects on resources before the design phaseo Tailor BHP’s assistance to MPO/RPOs to facilitate the transportation planning process − Identify local stakeholders and consulting parties − Help define local and regional priorities − Show how to predict the resource types in a project area − Educate regional partners about the state’s review process − Offer alternatives for managing important resources regionally − Discuss possible mitigation strategies as part of the action plan Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 9. Transportation PlanningOrganizationsSo far, we have consultedwith these regions: Centre August 2010 Pittsburgh / SPC April 2011 Southern Alleghenies May 2011 Lebanon Oct 2011 and ongoing Erie December 2011 SEDA COG December 2011 Lancaster 2011-2012 North Central February 2012 DVRPC 2012-2013 Franklin we hope to in 2012-13 York we hope to in 2012-13 Reading we hope to in 2013-14 Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 10. Long Range Planning Partnershipwith MPOs and RPOs NEXT STEPSDVRPC - LRTP Partnership’s proposal… “Ground Truthing” in Delaware County** focused on: local preservation priorities, engaging citizens & determining advanced mitigation strategies Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 11. Proposed process:−identify projects on TIP, 12 year Program & Long-Range Transportation Plan likely to impact historicresources in Delaware Co. (prior to any preliminary engineering)−work with Delaware County Preservation Services to identify 3-5 projects on a sub-region to pilot theapproach, outreach and mitigation strategies. Projects could be representative of a typology (i.e. trainstations, bridges) and/or aid County staff in an ongoing effort−develop an outreach approach for each project o meet with County staff, meet with Stakeholders, meet with general public −Discuss community’s historic preservation priorities −Identify possible mitigation strategies tied to proposed transportation projects−produce addendum to Long Range Plan on advanced historic preservation mitigation strategies applicable tothe entire DVRPC region. Addendum could contain: methodology for addressing community historicpreservation priorities in transportation project development; advanced mitigation strategies; and/or regionalpreservation banking proposal. Bureau for Historic Preservation
  • 12. What we are learning &Why this initiative is important- regional partners are struggling with defining the level of effort for LRTPs knowingbudget constraints in upcoming years; most don’t foresee any new projects- circumstances are directing resources (staff and financial) and planning efforts topriority corridors and core transportation systems; the majority of projects are bridges- most plans do not identify unfunded problems/projects; the life of the plans aregenerally 30 years (Lancaster County MPO is an exception)- regional understanding of environmental and cultural resources have been remiss inmaking connections between those resources ; planning solutions aren’t alwaysconsidering these resources as assets but rather obstacles- use of PHMC’s GIS data has been limited; primarily used in simple maps showing allNational Register properties; it hasn’t been clear now GIS data is being used to directplanning decisions Bureau for Historic Preservation