Peters Township Officials to Examine Traffic, Lack of Housing Options
A 'Plan Peters' open house was held for residents Wednesday night.
The township hired LSL Planning, Inc. to come up with a 10-year plan for land use.
After three months of interviews, focus groups and the examination of more than 800 resident surveys, consultants have determined that the following are some main points of concern:
- Traffic congestion (especially on Route 19 and East McMurray)
- Sense of community lacking
- Township is not walkable
- Limited housing options
- High cost of housing
- Excessive minimum lot sizes and setbacks
- Need office space
- Lack of diversity
- Activity for teenagers lacking
- Transit service needed
- Business only concentrated on west end
- Need usable open space
Tina Cramer, a 14-year resident, attended Wednesday night's open house.
"I think it's a good idea. I think more people should actually come out," she said.
Cramer's main concern is the improvement of Route 19.
"There is a huge amount of congestion that has gotten worse over my 14 years," she said. "Especially at Donaldson's Crossroads."
She's also concerned about abandoned storefronts along Route 19, overcrowding in the high school and the lack of housing options for the housing population.
Clint Langley, a 10-year resident, brought his family to the open house. He said they would like to see some type of a "main street" developed where people "could stroll around at night" and "have a parade on."
On the other hand, the consultants consistently found that the reasons people move to Peters are great schools and low taxes.
Another open house will take place in December in which township Manager Michael Silvestri hopes to have more concrete information available for residents.
Follow the latest developments for the Peters Township comprehensive plan on PlanPeters.com.