Zoning and planning projects, including in Schuylkill, awarded funding from state

Sep. 17—New funding was awarded through the Municipal Assistance Program to support local governments in eight counties, including Schuylkill, to assist with planning for zoning and updating of comprehensive plans.

The 11 projects will receive a total of $462,580 in MAP funding, according to a release last week from Rick Siger, secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

MAP provides financial assistance for communities to comprehensively plan around community revitalization efforts, improvement processes and sound management of development activities.

"The Municipal Assistance Program provides more support for municipalities and allows DCED to work with more communities across the Commonwealth while alleviating the burden on local governments to provide critical community services to taxpayers," Siger said in the release.

In Schuylkill County, $20,000 was awarded jointly to Mahanoy City Borough and Delano, Mahanoy and Ryan townships to work together to develop a multimunicipal comprehensive plan and zoning update.

In Lackawanna County, $42,000 was awarded to Northern Lackawanna Planning Association to enable Carbondale City, Jermyn and Mayfield boroughs, and Carbondale and Greenfield townships to work with Lackawanna County's Planning Economic Development Department to develop a regional comprehensive plan and zoning update.

Other approved projects were three in York County; two in Allegheny County; and one each in Cambria, Lebanon, Montgomery and Somerset counties.

MAP provides technical resources and assistance for municipalities as well as serving as a resource for local government officials, developers and citizens interested in planning to improve, grow and enhance communities.

For more information about MAP and DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.