Create a Better Swatara Township

Township to Update It's Comprehensive Plan

 

CREATE A BETTER SWATARA TOWNSHIP – YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT

 

TOWNSHIP TO UPDATE ITS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Residents and business will be able to express their needs, help identify problems, recommend solutions, and paint a picture of the future of the township by participating in the update of the Township Comprehensive Plan.  Municipal comprehensive plans are a land use planning tool authorized under the PA Municipalities Planning Code to create a set of policies and recommendations to help guide future development, redevelopment, and conservation.  Comprehensive plans can also be used to identify problems created by various land uses, identify needs to be met in the community, and to pursue new opportunities.  Some of the topics that can be addressed in this type of plan are roads and traffic circulation, parks and recreation, sidewalks and trails, local economic development, and opportunities for new types of housing.  This planning process will be guided by a Steering Committee headed by Commissioner Ed Troxell.

The first step in the process will be to engage the community in a quality of life and opinion survey.  The “Swatara Community Survey” was attached to the Summer 2018 edition of the township newsletter.  The two-page survey can be filled out and mailed back or dropped off at the township municipal office at 599 Eisenhower Boulevard.  If for some reason your household did not get a newsletter, the survey may also be completed by going online and using this link:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/SwataraCompPlanSurvey

Responses to the survey will be used to help determine problem areas, needs, and desires.  Results of the survey will be presented and discussed in a variety of public focus groups.  The Board of Commissioners then intend to engage citizens in discussions about projects they should act on, changes to land use plans and policies, and how they can help achieve a better future for all.  A timeline for the completion of the plan is shown below.  If you want to stay engaged in the process and receive email notifications of meetings and draft documents send an email to Robert Ihlein, Director of Planning and Zoning, at rihlein@swataratwp.com.

 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR SWATARA TOWNSHIP

 

2018

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

2019

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

Community Engagement

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

x

Analyze & Prioritize Issues

 

 

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus Group Discussions

 

 

 

X

X

x

 

x

x

 

 

 

 

Develop Plan & Strategies

 

 

 

 

 

x

 

X

x

x

x

 

 

Review & Public Meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

Commissioners Adopt Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

x