Want a say in regional planning choices? You may be in luck. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is accepting applications for eight spots on its Public Participation Task Force (PPTF). Task Force members are selected from the general public, community and civic organizations, professional associations and the private sector and are tasked with informing the DVPRC board and staff of local issues, recommending potential planning projects, assisting with community engagement and more.
As the region's MPO (metropolitan planning organization), DVRPC must approve all federal funds spent on transportation projects in the region. DVRPC also addresses land use planning, economic development, environmental planning and sustainability. DVRPC helps analyze and prioritize projects that fall under these categories and creates the long-range vision for the region, like the current Connections 2040 Plan for Greater Philadelphia.
For the PPTF, DVPRC is looking for applicants with an interest in planning, knowledge of regional issues, history of civic engagement and effective communication skills. Task force members serve a two-year term that may be renewed on a term-to-term basis. At the moment DVRPC's PPTF consists of 22 members. Meetings are scheduled once every four weeks, but that may adjust to once every six weeks in the near future.
The application deadline is October 18. Applications can be obtained in libraries throughout the region, on the DVPRC website or by contacting Jane Meconi at 215.238.2871 or .
PPTF meetings are open to the public as well as task force members. Meeting dates, times and schedules can be found on the DVPRC website.
Christine covers transportation and writes about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments send her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covers community news for Eyes on the Street, where her coverage ranges from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. During the internship her reporting on the Housing Authority’s surplus property auctions earned an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.