LANCASTER – The ongoing improvements in and around Lancaster’s downtown area have greatly improved conditions for those who choose a healthier means of transportation, such as walking or biking, according to City officials.
Lancaster’s Architectural and Design Commission and Planning Commission are now looking to expand similar approaches throughout the city, according to a city news release issued Monday.
The Planning Commission is currently ensuring implementation of the Master Plan for Trails and Bikeways, which was originally developed by the Architectural and Design Planning Commission. View the Master Plan for Trails and Bikeways here.
The program is designed to connect walkways and bike lanes to the city’s various hubs of civic and commercial activity. The Master Plan aims to fill in the gaps between the city’s bikeways and sidewalks, thus enabling residents to find an active and engaging alternative to having to always drive to their destination.
While the Master Plan for Trials and Bikeways is being implemented, the Planning Commission is also in the early stages of planning the City’s Southeast Transit Village. This proposed improvement will expand the recent development throughout downtown to the area surrounding the Lancaster Metrolink station. The plan would result in a mix of housing, business, and retail space that are all accessible via walking or biking.
“We have been encouraging walkable and bikeable areas here in Lancaster for some time now,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We are now planning for the coming decades, for smart growth incorporating intelligent designs, as well as more pedestrian-friendly and bike-safe roadways.”
“By ensuring the overall connectivity of the cities’ roadways, bikeways and walking trails, the Planning Commission not only hopes to create a more efficient transportation network, but also instill a greater sense of pride and ownership throughout the community,” said Planning Commission Chairman James Vose.
The Planning Commission has also recommended revising residential zone requirements to include more emphasis on building placement and street design. The goal is to create more attractive living environments that are functional, accessible and aesthetically pleasing. Over the next year, the Commission will also consider how to incorporate these types of requirements into various portions of the City. Once approved, these changes are expected to add monetary and community value to Lancaster neighborhoods.
In addition to Vose, members of the Planning Commission include Vice Chairman Randy Hall, and Commissioners Diana Cook, Cassandra Harvey, Raj Malhi, Sandy Smith, and Fabian Terracciano.
The Architectural and Design Commission is comprised of April Barlett, Chair, and Russell Bartholet, Vice Chair, as well as Commissioners Kathryn Carlson, Amanda Hawse, Andrew Mercy, and Timothy M. Wiley.
Additional information regarding the Commissions and their members can be found at www.cityoflancasterca.org.
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)