2003 Outstanding Planning Award
On September 15, 2003, Lancaster Township was presented with the Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA) 2003 Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation, for its 1997 Strategic Comprehensive Plan, during the organization’s annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. This statewide award recognized the best plan implementation effort among entries from across the state, and was chosen based on criteria that included: originality, transferability, quality, comprehensiveness, public participation, role of planners, effectiveness/results, sustained improvement, funding and community acceptance/support.
The Township attributes successful implementation to its focus on providing not only broad-based goals and objectives within the plan, but also providing actual implementation tactics. Through this approach, the Township successfully implemented over 8 of 10 recommended capital improvement projects, established a Historical Commission, and implemented an open space development option in its zoning ordinance, as well as accomplishing many of the other goals and objectives outlined in the plan. Throughout the implementation period, the Township informed and sought feedback from its residents through use of its web site and community get-togethers. The Township regularly assesses the status of its plan, and recently completed a 2002 update to the plan in order to ensure further, successful implementation efforts.
Lynn M. Stauffer accepted the award on behalf of the Township. She thanked the efforts of the Township staff, supervisors, volunteers, residents, and RETTEW Associates for their contributions to successful implementation of the plan.
Governor’s Award for Watershed Stewardship
Presented on April 16, 2002, Lancaster Township received a Governor’s Award for Watershed Stewardship in the Demonstration/Education/Outreach category.
Lancaster Township was presented this award for the 2001 Riparian Restoration Project on the banks of the Little Conestoga Creek through the Maple Grove Park, which is located on Columbia Avenue. This project, undertaken in partnership with RETTEW Associates, Inc., was made possible through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency which, under the Chesapeake Bay Program, has a goal of restoring 2,010 miles of riparian forest buffer in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by the year 2010.
The project helped to mitigate man-induced effects on the Little Conestoga Creek from development, agriculture, erosion, sedimentation, and pollution. The project involved extensive community involvement, education and outreach.
Highway Improvement Special Partnering Award
Presented on April 12, 2000 from the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Lancaster Township was presented this award for the widening and left turn project at East King Street and City Mill Road.
Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Award
Presented on April 14, 1999 from the Pennyslvania Highway Information Association , Pennyslvania State Association of Township Supervisors and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
This award was presented to Lancaster Township for the Engleside Intersection Improvement Project. This major project consisted of the realignment of the intersection of South Prince Street, Queen Street and New Danville Pike, acquisition of rights-of-way, and traffic signal installation.
Diamond Award Certificate for Engineering Excellence
Presented to Rettew Associates, Inc. and Lancaster Township on February 4, 1999 from Consulting Engineers Council of PA for the Engleside Intersection Improvement Project. This award recognizes consulting engineering firms for their outstanding contributions which enhance the Social & Economic Welfare of the Commonwealth of Pennyslvania.
Excellent Award – 31st Annual Township Citizens Report Contest
Lancaster Township received 2nd place honors in Class 1 newsletters for outstanding efforts and achievement in citizen communication in the miscellaneous communications media-home pages category from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors in February 1999.
Outstanding Planning Award
Presented in November 1998 from the Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA) for our 1997-2001 Strategic Comprehensive Plan.
The Strategic Comprehensive Plan was the result of a Township resident-driven process designed and facilitated by the Board of Supervisors, Rettew Associates, Inc., Township engineers, and Dostalik ETAL, management consultants. To be eligible for this award the written plan had to be a significant advancement to the science and art of planning for the betterment of communities and land use, and the improvement of quality of life for residents.
Chesapeake Bay Partner Community
Presented in October 1998 from the Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee.
The Township was recognized for its efforts to protect the Bay by removing a low-head dam on the Little Conestoga Creek, passing laws to protect streamside forest buffers, adopting urban growth boundries to prevent sprawl, and publishing environmental educational information in its newsletter.
Excellent Award – 30th Annual Township Citizens Report Contest
Lancaster Township received 3rd place honors in Class 1 newsletters for outstanding efforts and achievement in citizen communication in the miscellaneous communications media-home pages category from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors in February 1998.