The DVRPC Board

9/30/2015
10:00am

Commission Office
The ACP Building - 8th Floor
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Please Use Sixth Street Entrance

AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER - CHAIR'S COMMENTS

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA and NON-AGENDA ITEMS

NOTE: Visitors may view details and leave comments on any Action Item below by clicking on the hyperlinked title.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Minutes of Meeting of July 23, 2015

 

2. Fiscal Year 2016 Planning Work Program Amendment

a. Camden Food Economy Strategy Implementation

This proposed project, funded by the Campbell Soup Company, is a continuation of the multi-year Camden Food Economy Strategy project. This project will allow for more dissemination of the report Cultivating Camden (currently in draft form) and provide technical assistance to various public and private sector stakeholders to implement the recommendations

3. Recommendation for Adoption of Conformity Determination of the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan, FY 20152018 TIP for Pennsylvania, and FY2016-2019 TIP for New Jersey

DVRPC is demonstrating conformity for the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan (Plan), FY 2015 Pennsylvania Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and FY 2016 New Jersey TIP. This demonstration is necessitated by amendments to the Long-Range Plan, a new New Jersey TIP, and the addition of air quality significant projects to the Pennsylvania TIP. A public comment period was held from July 9, 2015 to August 10, 2015. Staff will present the results of the Transportation Conformity Determination and request that the DVRPC Board adopt the findings.

4. Recommendation for Adoption of Amendments to the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan

Two projects are proposed as amendments to the fiscally-constrained set of transportation investments that are included in the Connections 2040 Long-Range Plan. They are the reopening of the PATCO Franklin Square station and the construction of a new station on SEPTA’s Doylestown Regional Rail line, north of Lansdale Station. Both projects are consistent with the Long-Range Plan, and will not impact transportation conformity or the fiscal constraint of the Plan. A public comment period was held from July 9th through August 10th. Staff will present the amendments and comments received during the comment period and request the adoption of the amendments.

5. Adoption of the DVRPC FY2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for New Jersey

Federal law and planning regulations require the development of a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in order for the metropolitan region to be eligible to receive and spend federal transportation funds. The creation of the TIP is to be done by the MPO in cooperation with the state(s) and transit operators, and must provide opportunity for input and comment by the public. A 30-day comment period must be conducted prior to a formal action to adopt the TIP. DVRPC undertakes a major TIP Update every year for either the Pennsylvania portion of the region, or the New Jersey portion of the region; at this time, the PA and NJ TIPs are updated on alternating years. For the Draft DVRPC FY2016 TIP for NJ, staff will present an overview of the program, summary of the public comment period, any recommended changes, and will ask for Board adoption of the FY2016 NJ TIP.

6. Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Actions

  1. PA15-52: Lansdale Area Improvements, (MPMS #105572), SEPTA
  2. PA15-53: Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), (Various MPMS #s), Montgomery County
  3. PA15-54: Statewide Multimodal Transportation Funded Projects, (Various MPMS #s), Various Counties
  4. PA15-55: US 202, Markley Street Southbound (Section 500), (MPMS #16665), Montgomery County
  5. PA15-56: Willits Road Bridge Over Wooden Bridge Run, (MPMS #69909), City of Philadelphia
  6. PA15-57: PA 29, Main Street Bridge Over Reading Railroad Tracks Removal, MPMS #57849), Montgomery County
  7. PA15-58: Langford Run Road (PA3/I-476/Lawrence Rd), (MPMS #104465), Delaware County
  8. PA15-59: Large Sign Structure Priority Repairs 1 & 2, (MPMS #105118 & 105382), Region Wide

DISCUSSION ITEMS

7. One Minute Reports

Board Members and Alternates are invited to provide updates on the activities of their counties/agencies.

PRESENTATIONS

8. Gloucester County Master Plan: Visioning Engagement Process

DVRPC is working with Gloucester County to update its master plan.  During the first phase of the project (FY2015), the project team conducted extensive public outreach through a campaign called “gc2040: Let’s Talk!”  This input, along with that received during over 50 stakeholder meetings, was the basis for the community vision document (gc2040: People, Place, Prosperity).  This vision will guide future updates to all elements of the master plan, beginning with the Unified Land Use and Transportation Element during FY2016.

9. Greater Philadelphia’s Life Science and Health Care Cluster

Greater Philadelphia has long been known as a leader in the life science cluster, a broad categorization of industries that include health care, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and related support services. Staff will present the findings of a recent data snapshot that assesses the relative importance of life sciences to the regional economy.  

10. Executive Director's Report

  1. FY17 Work Program development
  2. DVRPC Staff Retreat
  3. DVRPC 50th Anniversary Celebration
  4. Board Committee Assignments for FY2016
  5. New Commissioner’s Handbook
  6. New Report Releases
  7. World Meeting of Families

11. Committee Reports

  1. Regional Technical Committee
  2. Public Participation Task Force
  3. Information Resources Exchange Group
  4. Regional Aviation Committee

OLD BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Attachments:

  1. Draft Minutes of Meeting of July 23, 2015
  2. Commissioner’s Summary Sheet (Action Items 2a, 3, 4, 5, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6f, 6g, 6h)