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August 28, 2015




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.

York County Home Improvement Program 


The County's Home Improvement Program (HIP) is looking for qualified applicants to participate. The program is a zero interest deferred loan program designed to help income eligible resident homeowners in York County by providing financial and technical assistance for home repairs including, but not limited to, roofing, windows, plumbing, heating, electrical, sidewalks, septic and water/sewer hookups.  Click here to view additional information on the program that can be found on our website. Please direct any questions you may have to Kim Walston at        


PA DEP NOTICE - Request for Applications for Local Stormwater BMP Implementation Grant Program

Public Notice of Availability [45 Pa.B. 4457] [Saturday, August 8, 2015]

Applications are now being accepted for grants to provide funds for the construction of urban stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) to reduce the discharge of nutrients and sediments delivered to local waters and to the Chesapeake Bay. Counties, cities, boroughs, townships, incorporated towns and municipal authorities within the Chesapeake Bay drainage area are eligible to apply; other parties interested in promoting stormwater BMP construction are encouraged to approach local officials and offer to assist in application development and project management.
The due date for applications is October 9, 2015. The maximum funding amount per applicant is $200,000. Construction must be complete within 2 years. Federal requirements will apply to construction procurement. Funding recipients will be selected on a competitive basis.
Projects must be located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and either:
1.         Within urbanized areas according to the latest Decennial Census in which National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage is required for the discharge of stormwater from municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4); or
  2.         For discharges from combined sewer overflows through combined sewer systems (CSS).
Projects cannot be associated with new development. In addition, new detention basins are not eligible.
Projects must result in structural, on-the-ground BMPs that meet the requirements of Pennsylvania's Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual (363-0300-002), as applicable, and have been demonstrated to reduce the discharge of nutrient or sediment loads, or both, to surface waters. Examples include, but are not limited to:
1.  Bioretention/raingardens      6. Urban tree planting
2.  Bioswales                           7. Vegetated open channels
3.  Permeable pavement           8. Vegetated Roofs
4.  Urban nutrient management 9. Wet ponds and wetlands
5.  Urban stream restoration     10. Other projects that reduce the flow of  
    stormwater into MS4s or CSSs

For more information or a copy of the application, see the Department of Environmental Protection
web site at For individuals with further questions,
contact Leif Rowles, (717) 783-2290,
 PAFPM Annual Fall Meeting
Pennsylvania Floodplain Managers Annual Fall Meeting to be held September 16-17, 2015.   For more information please click on the link

2015 Multi-Municipal Stormwater Fair 
Hellam and Lower Windsor Townships and Wrightsville Borough
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Hellam Township Public Works Building
45 Walnut Springs Road
York, PA  17406
Click here to see the flier 
Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS)

September 15, 2015
EDC Exchange for Local and Tribal Agencies
National Usage of GRS IBS
The majority of the bridges across the nation are small, single-span bridges commonly on rural and local roads. As the infrastructure ages, weight restrictions or bridge closures are becoming more frequent. With limited resources available, transportation agencies must find innovative, cost-effective solutions for bridge construction. The Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) may be an excellent alternative to help reduce bridge construction time and cost!
Prior to the EDC initiative, implementation of the GRS-IBS was limited to two counties within Ohio and New York. Now there are more than 200 GRS-IBS structures across the country in 44 states and territories, and the number is growing. This EDC Exchange will present several case histories illustrating the range of diverse projects and design considerations to help others implement this type of construction. The webinar will also provide a brief overview of FHWA guidance on scour evaluation and countermeasure design as well as how scour can be successfully addressed when using GRS-IBS.
This EDC Exchange will be of interest to local, tribal and state transportation agencies that are looking for a cost effective solution to replace deficient bridges.   
Please join the Federal Highway Administration, the York County Local Technical Assistance Program Center and the PA Department of Transportation for a presentation on the National Usage of GRS IBS to via a live webinar on September 15, 2015 from 2 pm to 4 pm Eastern Time.
The following is a location for your participation:
Springfield Township Building
9211 Susquehanna Trail S
Seven Valleys, PA 17360
Contact: Will Clark
Phone: 717.771.9870
 LTAP Course Survey
 Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)


The LTAP Training Needs Survey was sent out to all municipalities in York County in July 2015.  If you have not received your survey or have not filled it out, please click the link for the form (click here) and return it to Karen Hawkins at the York County Planning Commission as soon as possible in order to get classes scheduled.

Please visit the LTAP website at to register for the course or for a description of the course.  Please direct any questions about LTAP to Karen Hawkins at or (717) 771-9870.
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