Land Partnerships 2012-2013 Planning

What is Land Partnerships?
Land Partnerships is a countywide strategy designed to improve and enhance the quality of life in Cumberland County through:  farmland preservation, natural resource protection and parks, trails and greenways.  Review the 2006 Plan and Accomplishments

In April 2012, the Planning Department embarked on an effort to update the Plan in order to develop new recommendations for the next 5 years.  The planning process is expected to take approximately 8-10 months and will include a variety of opportunities for the public to provide input including a citizen survey and public meetings.

Citizen Survey
The Citizen Survey was developed to ascertain opinions and attitudes about farmland preservation, natural resource protection, parks, trails and greenways and creation of livable communities.  The results of the survey will be utilized to develop the strategies and recommendations of the Land Partnerships plan. The survey was available May 23 - November 30, 2012.
Summary of Public Survey Results
Full Public Survey Results

Spring 2012 Public Meeting Information
The first round of public meetings for the Land Partnerships Plan Update were held May 23 and 24, 2012. The purpose of the May public meetings was to obtain input on the goals and objectives of the plan and identify issues to be addressed during the planning process.  Materials and information on these meeting is available below.   Spring 2012 Public Meeting Results
May 23 Agenda (pdf)

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  • National Resource Protection (pdf)
  • Parks, Trails and Greenways (pdf)
  • Livable Communities (pdf)
  • Fall 2012 Public Meeting Information

    The Cumberland County Planning Department hosted 2 public meetings to review and receive input on the draft Land Partnerships Plan.   Both meetings were identical.  Participants chose a date and location based on their convenience.  The meeting entailed a brief presentation followed by time for public comment. 
    Fall 2012 Public Meeting Results

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 7 PM
    Southampton Township Municipal Building
    200 Airport Road, Shippensburg, PA  
    View the presentation
    Monday, November 5, 2012 - 7 PM
    Lower Allen Township Municipal Building
    2233 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA
    View the presentation

    Draft Plan Information
    Draft Plan - January 2013

    Study Committee Meeting Schedule & Meeting Notes

    A Study Committee was appointed by the County Commissioners to oversee the planning process.  Committee meetings are open to the general public. 

    Meeting Dates
    April 18, 2012 - Meeting Notes (pdf)               
    June 14, 2012 - Meeting Notes (pdf)            
    July 17, 2012 - Meeting Notes (pdf)      
    August 16, 2012 - Meeting Notes
    October 11, 2012 - Meeting Notes (pdf)
    January 29, 2013 - Meeting Notes (pdf)

    Time: 2-4 PM
    Location: 18 North Hanover Street, Suite 105, Carlisle, PA

    Study Committee Members
    Geoffrey Clymer, Member, Cumberland County Agricultural Land Preservation Board
    Shireen Farr, Director, Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau
    Bill Forrey, Former Chief, Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
    Larry Hatter, Government Relations, Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS
    Robert Fisher, PLS, PE, President, R.J. Fisher Associates, Inc.  
    Kim Williams, Environmental Planner, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
    Jeff Williams, Director, Silver Spring Township, Park & Recreation Department
    Anna Yelk, Executive Director, Central Pennsylvania Conservancy
    Rebecca Yearick, Downtown Coordinator, Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

    Contact Stephanie Williams, Greenway & Open Space Coordinator
    Cumberland County Planning Department    
    (717) 240-5383 or

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