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Consultants Reveal Residents' Vision for Peters

The township is in the process of creating its comprehensive plan.

The three-day workshop to plan Peters Township's future culminated Thursday night as consultants revealed results to a standing-room-only crowd.

The number one issue among participants? Connectivity.

From vehicular, to pedestrian, almost every resident who took part in the township's comprehensive planning process this week said connectivity needs to improve in Peters.

The second message participants sent to planners—more housing options are needed. There is a big dip in 20-34 year olds in Peters Township due to the high price of homes. There are also retirees who wish to stay in the township, but want smaller properties and/or homes. 

Third on the request list—preserving the township's rural character and its farms.

And fourth—improving the town center, which would be the area around the Peters Township Public Library.

There were also some issues that participants could not agree on. 

There were many different opinions are about what to do with the undeveloped southeast cornder of the township, and whether or not to plan for other development at the Rolling Hills Country Club.

Consultants said they saw a lot of potential for the township by the Waterdam Plaza and Donaldson's Crossroads. 

They also saw mixed use options in the Village of Hackett, and near the intersections of Valley Brook and Route 19, and East McMurray and Route 19.

The next step in the comprehensive planning process includes reviews by the steering committee, Peters Council and the Peters Planning Commission. Consultants hope to have the plan completed by August, however, they're about one month behind right now.

One resident asked how the plan could affect taxes. It's too early to tell, but as the township is running right now, it's facing a $300,000 to $350,000 each year. Consultants are looking to "close the gap."

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Ted Taylor 4 February 01, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Great article. Just wondering if 'deficit' should be added to the line 'It is facing....'? Thank You for the real-time update, as it is appreciated.
joe February 01, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Planning staff did a great job for the first two days of the workshop. The consultants fell short on delivering the findings as advertised for that evening event. They had no real answers to any questions. Our staff and steering committee members need to hold their feet to the fire and try to get a better effort out of them for the dollars spent. They have done this before and knowing they wouldnt have the results the third night was really a waste of time especially for the people who went all three days. 165K spent on this and to handle ,what they said was the big event was just a waste for everyone.

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