Cumberland among six Pa. counties awarded MAP funding

Cumberland County is among six Pennsylvania counties awarded funding through the Municipal Assistance Program (MAP), Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday. 

MAP provides technical resources and assistance for municipalities, consolidation, regional efforts, along with serving as a resource for local government officials, developers, and citizens interested in planning to improve, grow, and enhance communities. MAP funding assists local governments with planning for zoning and updating of comprehensive plans. 

Cumberland County is receiving $30,000 to update its comprehensive plan. The project will redevelop the county’s current plan to be more visually oriented, concise, and user friendly. Funds will also be used to update the future land use map to define “character areas” of similar land use throughout the county. 

“It is important for communities to evolve as the needs for their residents change,” Wolf said. “The MAP funding awarded today is essential in helping communities pave the way for the future through the reevaluation of zoning and comprehensive plans.” 

A total of $220,000 was approved for funding throughout Pennsylvania by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCD). Funding from MAP assists local governments to plan for and implement municipal projects available in two groups of activities – community planning and shared services. 

Allegheny, Butler, Carbon, Luzerne, and Westmoreland counties joined Cumberland in receiving funding for their projects. North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission also received funding for its project.