DVRPC works closely with our member governments, individual municipalities and local communities throughout the region to assist in local land use and community planning. Visit our toolbox of municipal planning techniques to learn about natural resource protection, business improvement districts, or residential infill development. Discover the multi-municipal or community plans for land use, economic development or transit-oriented development that DVRPC has underway.
The Community Investment Index (CI2) maps the concentrations of recent place-based investments and on-the-ground features that contribute to sustainable communities across southeastern Pennsylvania. Using mapping of nearly 100 types of investments and other datasets, this tool presents composite "heat map" datasets for seven topic areas such as economic development, transportation, environment, housing, planning activities, and more.
Your one-stop-shop for downloadable county and municipal-level data in the Delaware Valley. Datasets are being added regularly.
Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia is an initiative designed to foster the growth of the region's older communities by promoting what makes each community a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
The goal of this program is to better equip municipalities to implement Connections 2040 Plan for Greater Philadelphia through Smart Growth plans and policies. In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, planning and zoning authority is delegated exclusively to local governments; the region's county governments (with the exception of Philadelphia, which is both a city and a county) have no land use power, which makes implementation of regional goals challenging.
Governments that share services have lower per capita expenses than those that do not and this effect is most pronounced in suburban communities. In the DVRPC region, there are many examples of service sharing; it has been embraced by members of both political parties as a fiscally responsible method of service delivery. While there are differing definitions of what constitutes shared services, DVRPC defines them as those provided by or received by more than one municipality.
Greater Philadelphia's population is becoming more diverse. Immigration has helped many communities in the region replenish population losses. Greater Philadelphia's foreign-born population has grown and changed rapidly since 1990. This Data Snapshot series examines the foreign-born population in Greater Philadelphia using American Community Survey 5-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Healthy Communities Planning is a specialization emerging from recent collaborative work between the American Planning Association (APA) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Healthy Communities Planning aims to create and maintain healthy communities through an interdisciplinary approach to land use planning—recognizing that where a person lives affects that person's life. Many different parts of planning contribute to Healthy Communities Planning, such as Safety, Bike and Pedestrian Planning, Food System Planning, and Smart Growth.
DVRPC is exploring this topic by convening planning and public health practitioners, working in interdisciplinary teams, and becoming familiar with different health-related data sources.
Free online training offered to Pennsylvania residents.