Regional Technical Committee

7/10/2007
10:00 AM Meeting
12:00 Noon Lunch
Watch Recording

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AGENDA


10:00 a.m. Planning Coordinating Committee & Regional Transportation Committee Meeting
12:00 Noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Subcommittee Meeting


1. Call to Order - Chairman's Comments

2. Deputy Executive Director's Report

3. Report on Regional Citizens Committee Activities

ACTION ITEMS

4. Highlights of the Meeting of June 12, 2007

5. Fiscal Year 2008 Planning Work Program Amendments

To respond to the needs of member governments and agencies, work program changes and additions are brought to the PCC/RTC to permit the timely undertaking of technical activity.

a. Bicycle Education Enhancement Program (BEEP)

6. 2035 Population and Employment Forecasts

Population and employment forecasts are an essential component of long-range regional planning. DVRPC adopted 2030 population and employment forecasts in March 2005. Working closely with the county planning commissions, DVRPC staff has prepared regional, county and municipal-level population and employment estimates in 5-year increments through 2035. The RTC is being asked to recommend to the Board the adoption of the 2035 population and employment forecasts.

PRESENTATION ITEM

7. Uplan Land Use Planning Model Implementation

This presentation reports the progress of implementing the UPlan GIS-based land use planning model. The implementation strategy involves emulating ongoing DVRPC 2030 land use and transportation planning activities within UPlan as much as possible, while implementing the transportation/land use linkage recommended by federal guidelines. The UPlan model is useful in predicting the effects of new transportation facilities, both highway and transit, and land use policies on future population and employment distributions within a county. The results of two pilot studies testing the transportation/land use interface will be presented.

DISCUSSION ITEMS

8. Airport Zoning Issues: Recent Court Decision

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court finding regarding overlay zoning districts to protect airport operating space will have impacts on Pennsylvania municipalities. Staff will present findings and explain impacts.

9. New Jersey Study and Development Program

DVRPC staff has worked with the New Jersey Subcommittee to develop a prioritized list of existing Study and Development projects that are currently not progressing. DVRPC staff would like to work with NJDOT staff to ensure that these projects are considered a priority and will begin to move forward and in the next year.

INFORMATION ITEMS

10. Transitioning to TOD: A Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan for SEPTA's Wawa Station

Staff will present Information on a report that includes a TOD plan for SEPTA's pending reopening of the Wawa rail station in Chester Heights Borough, Delaware County. SEPTA currently plans to reinstate R3 Regional Rail service between the Elwyn and Wawa stations by the year 2011. The Wawa station is located in a growing area that offers excellent opportunities for TOD, including a 153-acre redevelopment site that contains the former headquarters of the Franklin Mint.

11. DVRPC Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program

Every several years, DVRPC requests applications from public agencies, incorporated private firms, and non-profits to fund projects that help manage congestion and reduce emissions from vehicular sources. Action to open another round of competition was tabled at the June 2007 RTC meeting pending discussions with the PA Subcommittee concerning availability of funds. Staff will provide a status report.

12. FY07 Pennsylvania Transportation Improvement Program (PA TIP) Deferred/Deleted Projects

DVRPC has been keeping an account of the projects that have been significantly deferred or technically deleted from FY07 PA TIP over the course of this federal fiscal year 2007 due to the transportation funding crisis in Pennsylvania. To date, approximately $200 million worth of projects have been pushed into FY10 or later Fiscal Years due to cost increase to projects expected to advance shortly, or new projects which have been added to the program. Running totals by county are now being tracked as well.

13. One Minute Reports

14. Old Business and New Business

15. Meeting Adjournment

The next scheduled meeting of the PCC/RTC is September 11, 2007.

Attachments
1. Report on Citizens Committee Activity
2. Highlights of the May 8, 2007 RTC Meeting