Washington County Comprehensive Plan

Washington County, Pennsylvania wants to hear from county residents on their new Comprehensive Plan, last adopted in 2005. The updated plan is being developed with an advisory committee and stakeholder/public input. The final plan will be adopted in Fall 2022.

Take the short Public Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WashingtonCoCompPlan

Webpage: https://planning-commission-comprehensive-plan-2021-washcodps.hub.arcgis.com/

Public Open House tomorrow evening:

5:30pm–7:30 pm Wednesday June 29, 2022
Washington County Fairgrounds
2151 North Main Street
Washington, PA 15301-6147
More: “There will be no formal presentation, and we welcome all visitors throughout the allotted time for input. Visitors are invited to stay as long as their schedule permits. Please email brosselli@mackinengineering.com for more information or questions. Thank you.”

My comments: Begin using renewables like solar, wind and geothermal while showing more concern for the quality of our county’s environment.

From the Washington County PA Comprehensive Plan webpage:

“The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act of 1968, P.L. 805, No. 247, as reenacted and amended, defines a County Comprehensive Plan as “a land use and growth management plan prepared by the county planning commission and adopted by the county commissioners which establishes broad goals and criteria for municipalities to use in the preparation of their comprehensive plan and land use regulation”. The Washington County Comprehensive Plan will better equip the County Leadership to guide municipal officials as they prepare and update their local comprehensive land use plans and supporting land use ordinances.”

“With the Comprehensive Plan as its guide, the County has the essential data and strategies needed to determine where future growth and development should be directed. The active and ongoing utilization of this plan will establish County-level policies and will encourage development that aligns with the smart growth principles and initiatives supported by the Commonwealth. Such policies are justified by the County Comprehensive Plan’s analysis of development trends and identified concerns, which were based on public input and quantifiable data. The Washington County Comprehensive Plan recommendations will serve to counteract the identified inefficiencies within the county. The recommendations were developed to be inclusive of all the plan elements and their corresponding impacts for the future growth and development of the County.”

“A Vision Statement for the People of Washington County
The vision of the 2005 Plan is being updated with this process and is as follows.  The people of Washington County will lead the region and the Commonwealth in working together to encourage a vibrant and prosperous quality of life for people of all ages. We will serve as an example of responsible and sustainable use of land and natural resources. With this as our foundation, we will create a climate that promotes economic diversity and emphasizes education while celebrating our agricultural character, historical significance and scenic beauty.”






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