Blueprint Bethel Park is in effect!
Bethel Park Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan following a public hearing on July 27. Now the work of implementation begins. Municipal staff and elected and appointed officials will rely on the plan's priorities and approaches to make the community's vision a reality. Thank you to the many residents and stakeholders who helped to shape the plan. Anyone interested in getting involved in action steps should consult the Planning/Zoning and Engineering Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 831-6800 x. 130 or 131.
Check out the plan.
Top priorities, driven by public input, include:
The implementable comprehensive plan
This site follows the development of Bethel Park's Comprehensive Plan, an official document that will establish a vision, priorities and an action plan for the municipality during the next 10 years. The plan will inform land use, development and budget decisions and capital improvements priorities, and it will form the basis for updates to the zoning ordinance and other local regulations. The planning process is organized into three major phases as described below.
Collecting context, laying the groundwork
Background research will include GIS mapping of baseline conditions and changing trends, assessment of existing plans, data analysis and stakeholder interviews and focus groups.
Visioning and Needs Assessment
Once the context starts taking shape, the second phase will involve working with the public and stakeholders to identify desired future conditions and key issues, collect data and comments to validate findings and select priorities.
Hitting the ground running
This phase will deliver practical instructions for projects and initiatives to achieve the preferred community vision, including benchmarks and opinions of probable cost, funding sources, timelines, conceptual plans and partnerships.
why undertake a plan?
An update to the Comprehensive Plan, last adopted in 2009, will allow Bethel Park to continue proactively charting a course for future stability and prosperity, providing a fact base to inform the location, timing and type of future development. Additionally, it will give local leaders a clear sense of direction based on robust community outreach. The PA Municipalities Planning Code requires that municipal comprehensive plans be reviewed at least every 10 years.
The plan will result in practical strategies to address issues that the process determines will be critical to Bethel Park during the next 10 years, which may include traffic safety and efficiency, multi-modal transportation, cultivating a vibrant, walkable downtown or town center district, sustainable provision of high-quality public services and facilities, stormwater management strategies -- and/or whatever issues residents and business owners identify as being most important.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Council has appointed a Steering Committee to develop the plan with assistance from Mackin Engineering Company, a multi-disciplinary firm that was selected during a competitive bidding process. The Steering Committee's monthly meetings are open to the public. Upcoming dates appear on the calendar below. All residents and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to participate in public outreach events, plan surveys, online discussions and other means of contributing and responding to plan ideas.
Steering Committee members:
Leonard Corazzi, Bethel Park School District
Angela Fischer, Ameri-Source
Lorrie Gibbons, Municipal Council
Peter Grandillo, Planning and Zoning Commission
Shane Kunkle, Berkshire Hathaway
Ashley Moore, Municipal Planner
Cyndia Rios-Myers, Planning and Zoning Commission
Marc Schein, Developer
Linsday Smith, Planning and Zoning Commission
TJ Willetts, Zoning Hearing Board
Check here for online surveys that will collect information on a variety of topics, both broad and specific.
Survey results will be posted here when surveys close.
The PDF linked here contains results of the project's first survey, which included broad questions intended to guide research efforts and help to identify local priorities.
Check here for details on Comprehensive Plan events.