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 diverse 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.
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.
Town Hall Meeting
Monday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
The Comprehensive Plan will be one of many local topics presented at this annual meeting, which features a question and answer session and the opportunity to meet staff. And refreshments! More info at this link.
Monthly Steering Committee Meeting
Monday, November 5, 6:00 p.m.
Council Caucus Room
The November regular meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will focus on analyzing public input and selecting priorities, as well as ongoing stakeholder outreach.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, November 27, 6:45 p.m.
Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
Information and surveys about the plan will be available at this festive family event.