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The next YAMPO meeting is being held on April 26, at 9:00 am.  Please visit the  Boards and Committees page for more information.



April 13, 2017

To keep you updated on activities and current events, the York County Planning Commission has created E-Alerts.  These E-Alerts are just another way to keep you connected with what is taking place in and around your community.  Please explore the articles below or visit the links to the left for other helpful information.

 2016 York County Population Estimate
York County's population is now 443,744!  The US Census Bureau has just released the 2016 County Population Estimates.  For more information, please read the Research Brief prepared by the PA State Data Center.
Training Opportunity 
The Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center located in Emmitsburg, MD is offering a training opportunity for Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program.  For more information, please click here.
Applications for York County Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
2018, 2019 and 2020 Program Years
York County Planning Commission (YCPC), on behalf of the County of York, announces the availability of applications to the 2018, 2019 and 2020 County CDBG and ESG Programs to municipalities and non-profit organizations serving York County residents.

CDBG program primarily funds public services and improvements to public facilities / infrastructure benefiting low- and moderate-income persons and / or eliminating or preventing slums and blight.

ESG program primarily funds emergency shelters for the homeless.

Application forms and information are available at  Forms & Fees . Questions may be directed to Joiann Galiano, Chief, Community Development Dept., YCPC, 717-771-9870 or Completed applications due at the YCPC 4:00 P. M., June 9, 2017.

The County of York and The City of York are announcing an intermission in services for the following program:  York County and York City First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program YHAP
The Program is currently transitioning to a new provider who will assume the responsibilities of the administration. Unfortunately, we will not be accepting applications for the program during this transition. We are confident that the new provider will be established and prepared to re-introduce YHAP into York County and York City no later than July 1, 2017.
We apologize for any inconvenience and commit to making the assistance available as soon as possible.
In the interim, we have provided, below, information on other down payment and closing cost assistance programs that may be available to residents of York County and York City.
Keystone Advantage Assistance Loan Program
HOMEstead Downpayment and Closing Cost Assistance Loan
Federal Home Loan Bank - First Front Door Program
PenFed Foundation - Dream Makers

Keystone Advantage Assistance Loan Program
Homebuyer education and one-on-one counseling services may be required to access the financial assistance above. Please follow the link below for approved providers.


Nominate a Great Place in Pennsylvania
APA PA is looking for
Great Public Spaces and Great Streets

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA PA) will be recognizing "Great Public Spaces" and "Great Streets" in 2017. Do you know of a public space or street that truly stands out in what it offers residents and visitors? Do you think it merits designation as a Great Place in Pennsylvania? If so, NOMINATE IT!

Nominations will be accepted through April 18, 2017. For more information, including guidelines, category criteria, and the nomination form, please visit the APA PA website: . All Great Street and Great Greenway/Trail nominations must be submitted online at .

What Makes a Great Place?
Great Places offer better choices for where and how people live, work, and play. They are enjoyable, safe, sustainable, and desirable. They build a sense of community by being places where people want to be, to not only visit, but to live, work and/or play every day. Great Places also give their communities an economic boost by helping to attract and retain residents and businesses.

Many criteria, including functionality, accessibility, connectivity, community involvement, economic opportunities, forward thinking planning, and others, define Pennsylvania's Great Public Spaces and Great Streets. APA PA will recognize successfully designated Great Public Spaces and Great Streets through an array of activities, such as:
 News and social media releases statewide and locally about the designations
 Recognition on the APA PA website
 Coordinated attendance of APA PA representatives at local designation ceremonies in
 communities choosing t hold such events.
 Presentation of a Great Places Certificate and Window Clings
 Recognition at the APA PA Annual Conference.

Taking steps toward better health!
Spring is here and it's the perfect time to get outdoors and walk! 
The Healthy York County Coalition launched York County Walks last year to promote the healthy benefits of walking and to advocate for improved walkability of our communities.  Look at the walking opportunities coming up in April:
National Walking Day:  The American Heart Association's "National Walking Day" is Wednesday, April 5.  This will be a great day to invite co-workers, family and friends to take a walk.  Their web site provides a tool kit to help you get started.  Here's a link for more information:
Take a Walk in the Park:  Memorial Hospital will be leading weekly walks every Thursday, 5:30 p.m. April to October.  The first walk will be held Thursday, April 6 at Cousler Park.  See attached flyer for more details.
The Walking Revolution documentary:  Kaiser Permanente created this 30-minute video to support their "Every Body WALK" initiative.  It's both educational and inspirational.  Check it out:
Schedule a York County Walks event:  The Coalition can lead an interactive presentation for your workplace, neighborhood, church, etc. to help jump-start a walking program.  Over the past two years Coalition volunteers (including retired physicians) have met with over 800 people to share ideas on how we can support each other walking more.  The sessions are lively and motivational.  Call the Coalition for more information. 
For more information:
Deb Gogniat
Healthy York County Coalition
605 S. George Street, Suite 160
York, PA  17403
(717) 851-2333

PennDOT Connects
"State DOTs are no longer just held accountable for the transportation system; they are also held accountable for how the system supports and improves quality of life for communities."
This statement is a guiding concept for the PennDOT connects effort. Under this effort, PennDOT is committed to enhancing community collaboration in their planning process. If you are associated with a municipality or a transportation stakeholder, the YCPC Transportation Staff invites you to the next York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (YAMPO) meeting on April 27, 2017. The meeting will be held in the York County Commissioner's Meeting Room, 28 East Market Street, 2nd Floor, York, PA,  starting at 9:00AM. Jim Ritzman, Deputy Secretary of Planning at PennDOT will present PennDOT's vision for the new PennDOT Connects effort.
In summary, PennDOT Connects will include meetings with municipalities during the project scoping stage to discuss community impacts, comprehensive plans, corridor studies and possible improvements. When community visions are documented, PennDOT will work with the community to evaluate the benefits of including, collaborating or supporting the project as part of or in concert with the PennDOT lead project.
Upcoming LTAP Classes
The new LTAP Training courses have been scheduled within York County.  

4/19/17 - 4/19/17
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
HELLAM, PA 17406
9/14/17 - 9/14/17
190 OAK RD

9/18/17 - 9/18/17
HANOVER, PA  17331

If interested in any of these classes, please visit the LTAP website and register for this class.  If you have any questions, please contact your LTAP Administrator via the LTAP website or Barb Forry at 717-771-9870 or and your question will be answered as quickly as possible

We will continue to send out periodic updates to keep you updated and connected with what is happening in and around York County.  Please continue to visit our website for the latest news.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Felicia S. Dell
York County Planning Commission

York County Planning Commission | (717) 771-9870 | |
28 East Market Street
York, PA 17401-1580