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Community Invited to Help 'Plan Peters'

Come share your vision of Peters Township's future Wednesday!

If you care about the types of development allowed in Peters Township, have issues with transportation, or would like to see more economic development opportunities, a Wednesday night open house is your opportunity to learn and have your voice heard.

Peters Township residents are invited to the "Plan Peters 2022: Our Community, Our Future" open house from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the Peters Township High School cafeteria.

Township planning staff and a consultant team will be present to discuss the purpose and status of the comprehensive plan update, the research and analysis conducted so far, and any thoughts or ideas that residents may have. 

The public is free to come and go as they please during the event. However, please note that the consultant team will conduct two formal presentations: one at 6 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. The presentations are expected to last 20 minutes. Some of the information that will be covered includes:

Demographic Profiles: Population trends, age distributions and income levels

Housing Characteristics: Current housing types, mix, values and neighborhood character

Land Use Patterns: Percent of land use by category, development history and potential for new development

Economic Conditions: Employment figures and opportunities for new housing, retail and office space

Parks & Open Space: Opportunities for preservation and incorporation into future development

Comparables: What other communities are doing to remain resilient, desirable, and relevant

In addition to the presentations, various stations will be set up with information describing the existing conditions within the township. 

You can visit the project website at www.planpeters.com for more information or contact Grant Shiring, Peters Township land use planner, at 724-942-5005.

What changes do you want to see in Peters Township? Tell us in the comments.

Renee Stinelli September 18, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I am a PT graduate, and have returned here to raise my family. Plain and simple the building of houses needs to stop. I grew up in Venetia and my parents still have a modest ranch on a hill with 5 acres of land. Putting home plans on every hillside and postage stamp of land is a HUGE problem b/c there is NO room in the schools to accomodate the young families moving in. No one wants taxes to go up to expand the HS, well guess what then, our kids will be getting educated in trailers outside the school building. The elementary ages already have 25 at least per classroom=too many. When these ages reach the HS, they simply not going to fit. STOP the building!!!
Kathy September 20, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I agree and PT is ALREADY behind in keeping up with its growth when it comes to our schools, traffic, and poor roads. Our classroom sizes are already too big! We need another 4th-6th grade school, period. Twelve classes per grade level with 28+ students in each class is just too much! And more families just keep moving in.... so each year the classroom sizes grow. And it is sad to think of the beautiful farms and hills being cleared for all the track homes. I wish Peters would spend this kind of time and planning on the issues we already have at hand.
Dianne Wilk September 21, 2012 at 09:13 AM
When I was at the Wednesday McMurray Open House, I ran into the former President of our school board, Jim O'Kelly. He told me that in six years all of the school bonds will be paid off, and our schools will be DEBT FREE! Wow!!!! So we will have money to build a new high school when the time comes. How many communities are in that position? But you do have a point about homes going up everywhere, and the area is fast loosing that semi-rural feeling. But on the other hand could you imagine if you limited development? How cost prohibitive the land and housing would become? Overall I am very happy with the community, and the services we have (schools, road maintenance, police, trails and parks, etc.). In my job, I am in community after community, and we have it pretty darn good here....
Grant Shiring October 01, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Ms. Stinelli, Ms. Wilk, and Kathy, Thank you for your comments. You have each brought up some good points and valid concerns regarding development and its effects on our schools, "rural character" and the township's transportation network. These are the exact type of conversations that need to occur during the comprehensive planning process. If you would like to discuss the items further, I would be more than happy to talk over the phone or meet with each of you individually or in a small group setting. My contact information can be found on the project website at planpeters.com. If meeting is of no interest, please know that I have taken note of your comments and will be sure to share them with our consultant team and the steering committee. I hope you are each able to follow our progress and get involved as this project continues to unfold.

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