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Long Range Transportation Planning Partnership


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Brian Van Sweden and Andrea L. MacDonald, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

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Long Range Transportation Planning Partnership

  1. 1. Long Range Transportation Planning Partnership Bryan Van Sweden Andrea MacDonald Bureau for Historic Preservation
  2. 2. Transportation Planning is Not New Bureau for Historic Preservation LR 1 Sycamore Allee, Dauphin Co.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Pilot Survey/Planning ProjectNorthern Tier Regional Planning& Development CommissionLand Use, Transportation andEconomic Development (LUTED) Plan Bureau for Historic Preservation
  5. 5. Built on Past Planning Initiatives Themes of Living with the LandCultivating Agriculture Rich in Resources Building Community Over Hill, Over Dale Handcrafted HeritageAgricultural Development Era (1820 to 1870)Small-scale production Gristmills and Wood frame housing, one and Turnpike routes Agricultural events:farms: sawmills a half or two stories, sometimes - Milford and Owego - County fairs- Operating cattle, dairy Dairy industries: with an “ell”: - Bridgewater and - Fruit Festivalsswine and sheep farms - Icehouses - Stephen Foster House, Athens Wilkes-Barre - Livestock Auctions- Various Century - Leraysville Cheese - Baldwin House, Laporte - Berwick and Elmira - Horse and Antique TractorFarms (noted only in Factory, Leraysville - Wheaton Homestead, Covered Bridges in Luthers PullsBradford 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 Festivalsconstruction factories, and cheese Bradford County farm Hollow Cultural sites:Commercial orchards factories Museum in Troy North Branch Canal and - Joseph Smith, Great bendproducing 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 (FolkOwn” 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 Politician), Towanda Public schools Valley Railroad later) Museums: General stores in Hillsgrove, - Surviving canal segment, - Bradford County Farm Sources: Endless Mountains Heritage Region Management Action Estella, Sylvania, Warren Tunkhannock to Vosburg Museum, Troy Center, Forkston, and Forksville Starrucca Viaduct - Susquehanna Co Firemans Plan, 1998; Historical Resources of Pennsylvania (c1700-1960), 2002 Municipal buildings: Museum, Montrose - Harford Post OfficeSources: Endless Mountains Heritage Region Management Action Plan, 1998; Historical Resources of Pennsylvania (c1700-1960), 2002 Bureau for Historic Preservation
  6. 6. Recognized Resources as Assets Mansfield Project focused on assets along significant highway corridors in the region  Historic resources  Visitor amenities • Restaurants • Gas stations  Scenic views and landscapes Bureau for Historic Preservation
  7. 7. Long Range Planning Partnership with MPOs and RPOs Based on the Northern Tier model Developed in collaboration with FHWA and PennDOT (and coordinated under their funding agreement with PHMC) PHMC-BHP can provide direct training and technical assistance to MPOs and RPOs:  Incorporate historic and archaeological resources more effectively throughout the LRTP process  Streamline the project review process by anticipating effects on resources before the design phase Bureau for Historic Preservation
  8. 8. Long Range Planning Partnership with MPOs and RPOs How we can tailor our assistance to the MPO/RPO to facilitate the transportation planning process  Identify local stakeholders and consulting parties  Help them define local and regional priorities  Show them how to predict resource types in a project area  Educate the staff about the standard review process  Offer alternatives for managing important resources on a regional basis  Discuss possible mitigation strategies as part of the LRTP action plan Bureau for Historic Preservation
  9. 9. TransportationPHMC has consulted with Planning Organizationsthese MPOs & RPOs: Centre Pittsburgh/SPC Lancaster (2011-12) Southern Alleghenies (ACM) Lebanon Erie (ACM) SEDA COG North Central (ACM) DVRPC (2012-13) Berks Coming Up: Franklin and York Bureau for Historic Preservation
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  11. 11. Lancaster County Heritage and Tourism Priorities Agricultural Landscapes  High Priority Resource Types Historic Villages  Designated historic districts and buildings Urban Neighborhoods  Mills Historic Bridges  Cemeteries Heritage Byways  Archaeological sites Tourism Destination Areas Bureau for Historic Preservation
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  13. 13. Goal E: Ensure that transportation investments address protection of Lancaster County’s agricultural, natural, and cultural resources. Develop context-sensitive design guidelines for any transportation project in heritage conservation and tourism investment areas. Use the LPN screening forms to identify potential issues. Coordinate transportation planning and investment with the heritage resources as highlighted in the County Comprehensive Plan.  Lancaster County Heritage Byways Program  Create a bridge protection program for historic bridges.  Develop a system of wayfinding signs to facilitate transportation between heritage conservation and tourism investment areas. Bureau for Historic Preservation
  14. 14. Other Goals and Strategies Target transportation investments to support the Envision Lancaster County Goals, and Strategies  In Heritage Conservation and Tourism Investment Areas • Identify gaps in the transportation network to enhance mobility • Focus bicycle and pedestrian improvements • Study parking supply and demand Maintain and improve the county’s infrastructure  Establish a dialogue with PennDOT on historic bridges  Improve and maintain shoulders on the County’s roadway network in a context sensitive manner Bureau for Historic Preservation
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. What we are learning &Why this initiative is important - regional partners are struggling with defining the level of effort for LRTPs knowing budget constraints in upcoming years; most don’t foresee any new projects - circumstances are directing resources (staff and financial) and planning efforts to priority corridors and core transportation systems; the majority of projects are bridges - most plans do not identify unfunded problems/projects; the life of the plans are generally 30 years (Lancaster County MPO is an exception) - regional understanding of environmental and cultural resources have been remiss in making connections between those resources ; planning solutions aren’t always considering these resources as assets but rather obstacles - use of PHMC’s GIS data has been limited; primarily used in simple maps showing all National Register properties; it hasn’t been clear now GIS data is being used to direct planning decisions Bureau for Historic Preservation