The final draft of the Lower Macungie Township Greenway Plan has been reviewed a final time by the Steering Committee. On May 21, 2012, the Committee elected to recommend the Plan to the Planning Commission and Commissioners for approval.
The greenway project is a township-wide initiative to create “greenway” and trail along the length of the Little Lehigh and Swabia creeks. The project when complete would total about 20 miles in length including the 6-mile Swabia and 14-mile Little Lehigh sections.
Over the past year there have been public meetings and surveys administered giving residents an opportunity to weigh in on the plan. Click here to read poll and survey results.
Check out this PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources study finding that rail-trail parks are a boon to local economies: (though not a rail trail, this proposed greenway concept is very similiar)
“There are some obvious economic benefits to rail-trail attractions from people outside the area bringing money into local communities,” said Michael Domin, principal planner for the Lancaster County Planning Commission.