A draft of the Union County Greenway and Open Space Plan
is now available for public review and comment.
A copy of the plan can be viewed on the county website www.ucgreenway.org. Physical copies of the plan are available to view at each of the three Union County public libraries (in Laurelton, Lewisburg, and Mifflinburg), and at the Union County Government Center on N. 15th Street in Lewisburg.
The plan goals are to:
· Preserve high-quality open space;
· Establish and expand greenway and multi-modal trail systems to improve quality of life and transportation options;
· Increase the quality and quantity of riparian buffers in the county;
· Improve access, use, and connection to the Susquehanna River and other waterways;
· Conserve the county’s natural resources and ecosystem functions; and
· Facilitate healthy lifestyles for County residents and visitors by providing opportunities to enjoy greenways, parks, trails, and other open space.
The purpose the plan is to establish specific priorities for conserving open spaces such as farms, forests, community parks and waterbodies and for creating future greenway corridors which are a specific type of open space that follow linear landscape features like old rail lines, rivers, streams or ridgetops.
The Greenway and Open Space plan is organized into five chapters that provide an introduction, overview of Union County, a description of greenway and open space resources, a proposed framework for greenways and open space conservation, and 54 specific actions to implement the plan goals. The plan contains recommendations on conservation measures, education and outreach, land preservation, parks and recreation, and trails/non-motorized transportation. Also identified are 15 implementation priorities along with five early demonstration projects.
The plan is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and was funded in part by a grant from the Community Partnerships Program, Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund under the administration of DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
Public comments on the draft plan will be accepted through Friday, October 21st, 2016 and can be submitted by emailing to email@example.com or in writing to Union County Planning Commission, 155. N. 15th Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
The plan and its recommendations reflect nearly two years of work by the volunteer steering committee which attempted to balance the desires of the public with future fiscal and political realities.