NORTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

Envision Lehigh Valley has been making the rounds to townships and municipalities in the Lehigh Valley, spreading their message of sustainability in hopes of garnering public support and involvement.

At last night’s North Whitehall Supervisors’ meeting, Joyce Marin of EnvisionLV addressed the board about the group’s on-goings so that they and their constituents can join in on their process of allocating their three year $3.4 million grant. The grant is called a “Sustainable Communities grant” from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

EnvisionLV plans to focus on six areas of smart growth, including affordable and fair housing, fresh food access, transportation, economic development, and climate and energy efficiency.

The Lehigh Valley is at a critical growth moment, according to Marin, because the local population has increased by 109,000 in the past twenty years. These numbers are only expected to increase in the coming twenty years, with a projected 145,000 new residents.

Marin invited all residents in Lehigh and Northampton counties to join in on the several monthly public meetings EnvisionLV hosts at various locations throughout the valley. Their next event, the Lehigh Valley Harvest 2013, will be held at Allentown BrewWorks on October 27th at 1 PM.

The council appreciated Marin’s notice and commitment to development, but warned her of the importance of her work.

“I think taxes are on everyone’s mind,” Supervisor Mark Hill said. “Please think of this while you’re doing it and please spend the money wisely.”

More information about EnvisionLV and their public meetings can be found on their website, www.envisionlehighvalley.com.