communities, corridors, and landscapes

Today, we’re trying to think about places in a new way — one that doesn’t focus on old boundaries. To maintain our quality of life and economic competitiveness, we have to look past what divides us. We need to look beyond individual resources and see places as a whole.
That’s why we’re emphasizing the concept of communities, corridors, and landscapes. Thinking about places in these terms helps us approach them with a fresh perspective.

Historically, Lancaster Countians have had strong associations with their municipality or school district. While this kind of local identity contributes to the county’s character, it makes it challenging to plan for the future, because many of the county’s places aren’t defined by these boundaries.
Consider places such as the Lancaster City metropolitan area, the Susquehanna River Valley, the Amish & Mennonite heartland of eastern Lancaster County, or Manheim Pike.

Each of these places has special characteristics
and exist throughout the county.


For the county to be the best it can be,
we need to:

understand the places that define us,
consider how they overlap and interact,
and protect the things that make them unique.