Borough Comprehensive Plan Update
Resident & business participation is needed!
For the near future, the second Wednesday of the month will be reserved for the Planning Commission to discuss the revisions to the Borough's Comprehensive Plan. The meetings will be held at Borough Hall, 620 W. Chestnut Street, Perkasie beginning at 7:00 PM. A
At the upcoming meetings, the Planning Commission will be discussing different sections of the draft plan outlined below. During the draft narrative production process, the group may need to deviate from this sequence based the timing and completion of each topic. The tentative agenda topics for the upcoming comprehensive plan meeting are listed on the Minutes & Agendas page under "Planning Commission", so those that are interested in those topics can attend.
Community Meeting Summaries:
The results of the business and residential surveys have been compiled and are available for public review. Click below to read the results:
October Update: The October meeting will be held at the Perkasie Fire Department on Wednesday, October 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Fire Department is located at 100 N. 5th Street. Please click below to review the agenda and presentation.
August 23rd Update: The Borough Council and Planning Commission hosted the kick-off meeting for the Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Staff members of the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC), who serve as the consultants for the project, led the discussion. At that meeting, those in attendance were asked to list the 1) strengths and opportunities that they see in the Borough, 2) the weaknesses and challenges that are present, and 3) their personal vision for the Borough in the next 20 years (2032).
The second meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Committee was a workshop and was held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Borough Hall. At this second meeting, the BCPC staff we again lead the discussion. They will first review the results of the kick-off meeting and begin to develop an agenda for the Community Meeting which will be held in October. The objective at the September 12th workshop was to highlight the most important topics that were mentioned or recommended at the kick-off meeting and summarize them so that participants at the Community Meeting in October can be polled or questioned further about those topics.
They will also be discussing potential points of interest for the Reconnaissance tour of the committee which will be held later in September. This tour will be to travel throughout the borough to familiarize our consultants and committee participants with important sites that will be highlighted and discussed in the Plan.
We ask that all members of the Comprehensive Plan Committee attend this upcoming meeting. The “official” committee is composed of the planning commission, the planning and zoning committee of the borough council, and designated members of the park and recreation board, designated members of Perkasie Olde Towne and the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce. Other residents and business owners are also most welcome to attend.
Plan Update Process:
At a public meeting in July, the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC) was awarded the contract by the Borough Council for the preparation of this new Comprehensive Development Plan. The last plan was adopted in 1993, so our plan update is long overdue and many things have changed in the Borough in the last 19 years which will affect the new plan. This plan is funded in large part by a grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), under its’ Transportation and Community Development Initiative Program (TCDI). The project will take approximately 12 months to complete with meetings and discussions taking place monthly. Times of those future meetings will be announced.
At this first meeting, the BCPC staff will introduce a community visioning process to identify concerns and issues facing the Borough and which will need to be addressed in the plan.
The second meeting, tentatively scheduled for September will include a town hall style meeting which will encourage input from the public into the process.
During the course of development of the plan, 4 major questions will need to be addressed.
1. Where is the Borough today? We will need to identify the major characteristics of land use, recent development, as well as opportunities and constraints that affect the borough.
2. What are the trends for the future? We will examine the regional forces impacting the borough, and study population changes and development trends.
3. Where does the Borough want to be? We will articulate the borough’s goals for the future that reflect community wants and needs.
4. How do we achieve our goals? We will need to examine policies of the current plan, land use controls, and make recommendations that will guide that growth and redevelopment towards desired outcomes.
The plan itself will include the following elements:
1. Land use plan
2. Housing plan
3. Natural features plan and historic/cultural resources plan
4. Transportation plan
5. Community facilities plan
6. Economic development plan
7. Energy conservation plan
8. Plan interconnections
9. Plan relationship to the region
10. Future land use map
For more detailed information on the complete scope of services, please click on the link below.
On behalf of the Borough Council, we look forward to seeing you on August 8th.
Daniel P. Olpere, AICP
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