Pennsylvania is in the midst of an aggressive grassroots “sound land use” outreach program, and state agencies want to hear the views of citizens, local government officials, planners, developers, environmentalists and members of the business and agriculture communities.

To this end, the state is presenting 50 forums to help gain a better understanding of the rural, urban and suburban perspectives on land use. These views will aid the state as it implements the Growing Greener Initiative, which will shift dollars from the state to communities, conservation districts, watershed groups and authorities. The goal is to change the focus of environmental protection efforts to watersheds, invest in restoring public lands, and offer incentives to municipalities to do sound land use planning as recommend by the 21st Century Environment Commission.

There is no charge for these forums, although attendees are asked to register to help ensure adequate planning for each forum. To register, contact the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors at 717-763-0930.

The forums are sponsored by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services; the Departments of Community and Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources; and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. To learn more about the forums, call the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services at 888-223-6837 or access: www.dced.state.pa.us

The schedule of forums in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including a local phone number to contact, is:

  • Somerset County: June 8. 814-443-4646
  • Union County: June 8. 570-524-5500
  • Cambria County: June 9. 800-875-5958
  • Columbia County: June 9. 570-784-3200
  • Blair County: June 10. 814-944-4581
  • Bradford County: June 10. 570-265-8882
  • Adams County: June 15. 717-334-6211
  • Wyoming County: June 15. 570-836-2151
  • Cumberland County: June 16. 717-245-2400
  • Lackawanna County: June 16. 570-343-4771
  • Franklin County: June 17. 717-263-3400
  • Luzerne County: June 17. 570-824-8901
  • Tioga County: June 23. 570-724-1480
  • Potter County: June 24. 814-274-7133
  • Dauphin County: July 13. 717-533-3311
  • Lebanon County: July 14. 717-273-6771
  • York County: July 15. 717-845-5671
  • Chester County: July 21. 610-363-1100
  • Lancaster County: July 22. 717-569-6444
  • Clearfield County: July 27. 814-371-5100
  • Bedford County: July 28. 814-623-8074
  • Huntingdon County: July 29. 814-643-3116
  • Schuylkill County: Aug. 4. 570-622-4600