Every 10 to 20 years, citizens have an opportunity to help shape the land use and character of their communities.
The process is called a “comprehensive plan update,” which is required under the PA Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). While sounding a bit dry and academic, the final product really does help shape the direction and priorities of our county’s townships and boroughs in terms of parks, housing, open space, commercial development, and more.
Right now, you can get involved in the process since several municipalities are at various stages of updating their comp plans, including Towamencin, Upper Merion, Lower Gwynedd, Upper Dublin, Whitpain, and Chelthenham.
In Towamencin, Pankaj Jobanputra, of Simone Collins, gives an overview of the comprehensive plan process during a recent kick-off meeting. Newly elected Supervisor Kofi Osei listens in the front row.
And did you know, you usually do not need to live in the municipality to take the survey? That is because planners want to capture the opinions of people who work in their township or visit for other reasons. So, if you want to advocate for more multi-family housing, inclusionary zoning, and pedestrian-friendly development in another part of Montgomery County – and we think you should – you may do so through your participation.
Two of the area’s regional planning committees are also updating their long-term visions.
Some townships and boroughs are part of regional planning committees, such as the Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission, which includes Collegeville, Perkiomen, Schwenksville, Trappe, and both Fredericks. The CPVRPC’s March 18 meeting is expected to focus on housing (7 p.m. at Collegeville Borough Hall).
The Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee includes Douglass, Lower Pottsgrove, New Hanover, Upper Pottsgrove, West Pottsgrove, Pottstown Borough, and Chester County’s East and North Coventry. The next meeting of the PMRPC is Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in Pottstown Borough Hall.