KMS DESIGN GROUP PROJECTS

Lower Macungie Township Greenway Master Plan Lower Macungie Township, PA

Amidst rapidly growing communities, the Little Lehigh and Swabia Creeks flow diagonally across Lower Macungie Township in Lehigh County. KMS was approached by this Township to prepare a detailed Master Plan that not only connects, preserves and strengthens natural riparian corridors, but also creates a regional trail network that extends beyond the borders of the Township. Working closely with Township staff and a dedicated Steering Committee, KMS analyzed the Township’s physical and visual
assets; and collected historic, cultural, demographic and environmental data to create a picture of opportunities and constraints for a comprehensive greenway network to serve the entire Township. KMS prepared analysis and concept plans for public education and input. Other public outreach efforts included public opinion surveys, an interactive project
team website and a series of public meetings.

 

KMS developed a final concept and report, opinion of costs, phasing and maintenance guidelines to help the
Township determine the way forward. KMS also worked with the Township to identify potential funding and partnering opportunities. The Master Plan was nominated for an American Society of Landscape Architects Planning award and for an American Planning Association award in 2013. The Plan also received high reviews from the Pennsylvania DCNR. Following the completion of this Plan, KMS and its project partners developed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan which included a thorough inventory of open spaces in the Township and analysis of potential improvements to the Parks and Recreation System.