WELCOME TO THE BOROUGH OF EMMAUS
Emmaus, Pennsylvania is a quaint historic community of 12,000 nestled on the northern slope of South Mountain. It lies 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 20 miles west of the Delaware River. Formed in 1759 as a closed Moravian village on land owned by the church, Emmaus was incorporated as a Pennsylvania borough a hundred years later in 1859.
In recent years, the Borough has been recognized for several distinguished accomplishments. In 2013, the Borough received the Delaware Valley Green Building Council's Sustainable Community Award for the implementation of initiatives and policies that promote sustainable living. Among the initiatives cited were the implementation of a LED red light replacement program, the implementation of an energy analysis throughout the borough properties, storm water and sewer protection initiatives, recycling and compost efforts, and a watershed rehabilitation project at Leibert's Creek among others.
In 2015, "Onlyinyourstate" (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/pa-best-place-living/) ranked the Borough of Emmaus as the 7th best place in Pennsylvania to live. In addition, in 2015. the website named Emmaus as the 5th ranked "most heart-warmingly beautiful small town in Pennsylvania". In September 2015, Onlyinyourstate" (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/pa-get-away-from-it-all/) listed Emmaus Borough as the # 2 community to "Get away from it all", where communities were ranked based on " beautiful small towns in Pennsylvania that will give you a break from the hectic pace of urban life".
In 2014, Movato.com named the Borough of Emmaus the 5th safest community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population over 10,000 residents, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime report statistics, which included murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes. The citing stated, "this borough, ranked in recent years one of the "Best Places to Live" in the U.S. by "Money Magazine," is well known as a safe and family-friendly community. That's because it is one of the least violent places in the state..."
In November 2013, Nerdwallet.com cited Emmaus as the 6th Best Town in Pennsylvania for Young Familes. The rankings were based on public schools, affordability, and if the community is growing and prospering.
Also in 2013, the Borough was awarded the 2013 Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Newsletter of the Year Award, an award that is presented to the borough with the best municipal newsletter. Every borough in Pennsylvania is eligilbe to receive this award, and we are proud of this recognition.
In 2008, the Borough was named by Catalogs.com as one of the top 10 places to live in Pennsylvania.
Finally, one of the recognitions in which we are most proud, the Borough of Emmaus has been named as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in the United States by CNN / Money Magazine on two separate occasions. The borough reached the ranking in both 2007 (#87) and 2009 (#88).
Welcome to our community, a proud community, a community united for progress!
Proposed Comprehensive Plan Ready for Review and Comments
At the June 19, 2017 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, Emmaus Borough Council will vote to begin the 45 day review period for the proposed Southwestern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan. The plan has been a project that is over two years in the making. It has been a team effort between the municipalities of Emmaus, Alburtis, Macungie, Lower Macungie, Upper Milford, and Lower Milford. The proposed Plan takes a detailed look at each municipality on an individual basis as well as the group of municipalities as a region. The process included many public meetings, public input events, surveys, and many other opportunities for members of the public to comment on the plan and the direction they would like to see for the region. A task force including members from each municipality was formed to work with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission to take all of the input received and place it into a plan. In adopting a Comprehensive Plan, municipalities have certain legal requirements they need to follow. You can read those requirements by clicking here. We invite you to review the proposed Comprehensive Plan by visiting the website designed specifically for the Plan. The proposed Plan as well as all accompanying documents are in the plan. You can visit the website at http://www.planswl.org/. The Plan is under the section labeled Reports & Plans. Additionally, a copy of the Plan will be at Emmaus Borough Hall for public review as well.
The Emmaus Planning Commission will meet on July 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM to review the Plan and to submit comments to Emmaus Borough Council. Emmaus Borough Council will hold a Public Hearing and a tentative vote on the Plan on August 21, 2017. There is a possibility of a joint public hearing with other municipalities (we will publicly advertise if there is), however, the scheduled vote for the Plan will be on the date above.
We are especially grateful to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission for their hard work on the plan. We also would like to thank each and every individual from every municipality that participated. Most of all we would like to thank the volunteers who sat through many hours of meetings on the task force. Many thanks to Brent Stringfellow, a volunteer Planning Commission member from the Borough for all of his time and efforts in sitting on the task force representating our community!
USA Architects Present Preliminary Schematic Design of New Municipal Complex
On Monday, March 21, 2016, USA Architects presented the preliminary schematic design for the new municipal complex at 33 E. Minor Street. The presentation occurred during the Borough Council meeting at Borough Hall. The firm, hired by Borough Council, has been working with a committee of Council members, department managers, and employees to design the multi-purpose municipal building. The building is projected to ultimately house Borough administration operations, police, ambulance, and fire operations. The project is slated to be a 10 - 15 year project, which will occur in multiple phases to control costs. Click on this link to view the presentation and schematic design plans.