Roughly one-quarter of the land in Peters Township is undeveloped or underdeveloped. If these properties were to develop, what type, intensity and character of uses should be permitted? How will the municipal budget, traffic, schools, township staffing and overall quality of life be affected by different land use choices?
Peters Township residents are invited to a three-day workshop to learn, create and influence the future by sharing thoughts, ideas and perspectives about new development and growth—before it happens.
This is the next—and very important—step in the township's process to develop it's 10-year comprehensive plan.
Jan. 29th - 7-9 p.m. Peters Township Municipal Building: Council Chambers
In preparation for the workshop the following day, featured speakers and township staff discuss current trends in community planning and design, how other communities are effectively addressing issues and options for the future. In addition, hear forecasts about what would happen to Peters Township if all land were to develop according to the current land use regulations.
Jan. 30th - All Day Peters Township Library
Work Sessions: 9-11 a.m. 12-2 p.m. 3-5 p.m. 7-9 p.m.
After learning about options, decide which direction to go. Public work sessions will be held throughout the day. All community members are encouraged to attend one session or multiple. Those that do will take part in small group discussions and participate in planning exercises to help decide the location, type, intensity and character of new development.
Participants will help plan future land use via the development chip game. The chip game is a hands-on, interactive opportunity to plan for a community’s future. It lets participants manipulate key policy components, deal with trade-offs as they would in the real world, and achieve results that are the beginnings of a common vision for growth and development in Peters Township. The participants’ task is to create the most livable community, and one that accommodates expected population and employment growth within Peters Township. Workshop participants place chips that represent rural areas, suburban neighborhoods, retail centers, employment centers, or mixed-use development and draw proposed conservation areas and/or infrastructure improvements on a map. They also develop brief policy statements about implementation that address specific issues such as preservation of open space and housing options. At the end of the process, participants present their development scenario to each other.
Jan. 31st - 7-9 p.m. Peters Township Municipal Building: Council Chambers
Following the work session, development chip game maps will be digitized and evaluated by the consultant team using software to measure the trade-offs of competing planning themes or initiatives contemplated for Peters Township. The consultants will present the final scenarios and trade-offs made by the community in an evening presentation. Come hear the results of the prior day’s workshop. See where the community wants to limit and permit growth, what type of growth is desired and the impacts of the various decisions on municipal revenues & expenditures, traffic, the school district, land consumed versus preserved and so forth.
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