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Comprehensive Plan Update

The Growth Management Plan has served as the comprehensive plan for Westtown since its adoption by the Board of Supervisors in 2001. The Comprehensive Plan serves as the overriding vision and guide to both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors when considering changes to Township ordinances and/or subdivision and land development applications.  As the Growth Management Plan dates back to 2001, Westtown will be working in conjunction with a consultant team and a Task Force of appointed residents through 2017 to fully update this plan. This planning process will be citizen-driven, and build upon the Township’s rich-history in an effort to develop a document that reflects both contemporary Westtown and how we will continue to thrive for future generations.

The 2001 Growth Management Plan can be viewed in full by clicking on the link below:

2001 Westtown Township Growth Management Plan


Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force

At their April 4, 2016 meeting, the Board of Supervisors appointed a thirteen member Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force to serve as the citizen group responsible for driving the plan update. This Task Force consists of eleven residents and two members of the Township Planning Commission.

The Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force meets regularly at 7:00 PM on the fourth Thursday of the month, and additional meetings of the Task Force are held at 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of each month as needed. All meetings are open to the public and held at the Township Administration Building, 1039 Wilmington Pike.

The Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force meetings will be held on the following dates in 2016:  Jun 7 & 23, Jul 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 22; and the following dates in 2017: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25, Jun 22, Jul 27, Aug 24, Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 23.


Demographic Analysis

Analysis of demographics is fundamental to the planning process. Trends in population, income, employment, and housing are major drivers of land use change and have important implications for the quality of life in Westtown Township. Underlying several elements of this Comprehensive Plan, demographic information provides the needed context for deliberation of proposed policies and programs, including those related to land use, housing, resource protection, and municipal service delivery.

Below are links to both the full demographic analysis and presentation as developed by the planning team:

Comprehensive Plan Update Demographic Analysis presentation
Comprehensive Plan Update Demographic Analysis

Residential Build-out Analysis

This analysis is meant to illustrate the maximum number of potential residential units that could be constructed within the Township under current zoning regulations. This analysis make several assumptions on existing properties and excludes school properties as well as those either currently or proposed for development.

Below is a link to the Residential Build-out Analysis as developed by the planning team:

Comprehensive Plan Update Residential Build-out Analysis

Natural Resources

Even though the Township’s natural setting has been largely altered over time by different land uses and land management practices, significant natural resources and functioning ecological systems remain.  The new Westtown Township Comprehensive Plan will include a discussion of the Township’s natural environment, including both text and maps, and a set of recommendations on how to better protect the local environment, and in some cases, how degraded portions can be restored through township and landowner actions.

Below is a link to the presentation made at the November 17 Task Force meeting as developed by the planning team:

Comprehensive Plan Update Natural Resources presentation

Historic & Cultural Resources

Although the Township has seen and continues to experience development pressures, significant historical and cultural resources remain throughout the Township.  The new Westtown Township Comprehensive Plan will include a discussion of the Township’s historical and cultural resources, including both text and maps, and a set of recommendations on how to better protect and preserve them.

Below is a link to the presentation made at the January 26 Task Force meeting as developed by the planning team:

Comprehensive Plan Update Historic & Cultural Resources presentation


Community Visioning Workshop:

The most important part of the comprehensive plan update is getting the community involved early in the process. Accordingly, the Township held a community visioning workshop at Rustin High School on June 23, 2016.  With over 100 residents from across the Township present, including members of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and Comp Plan Task Force, the consultant team led attendees through a series of exercises designed to identify where we are as a community and where we want to be in the future.

Those in attendance first identified on aerial maps of the Township “places they love” and “places that need to be improved.” The purpose of the exercise was for those in attendance to start to think about areas that the Township can build upon and areas that need greater attention as we look into the future. Next, both the 2001 Growth Management Plan and 2014 Open Space and Recreation Plan were evaluated with the subsequent discussion about how well goals from these previous plans have been implemented. Finally, all in attendance were each given $100 in “Westtown Bucks” to spend however each person saw fit on the future of the Township. This exercise allowed for the consultant team to see exactly what types of issues the residents present for the workshop value in the Township.

Below is a link to the formal results of the Visioning Workshop as complied by the planning team:

Visioning Workshop Summary (June 23, 2016)

Sustainable Community Assessment (SCA)

The Sustainable Community Assessment (SCA) is a document that evaluates Westtown’s adopted plans and implementing ordinances with regard to measuring the Township’s overall environmental sustainability.  It identifies obstacles preventing greater sustainability, and includes incentives and recommendations that would increase Westtown’s sustainability.  The SCA will serve to assist the Task Force throughout the planning process with regards to considerations for sustainability practices in the final document.

Below are links to both the Executive Summary and the full SCA as developed by the planning team:

Sustainable Community Assessment Execuitive Summary (2016-07)
Sustainable Community Assessment (2016-07)

Upcoming Meeting

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Staff Liason

Chris Patriarca, Director of Planning & Zoning
cpatriarca@westtown.org

Members

  • Richard Pomerantz – Chair
  • Russell Hatton – Vice Chair
  • Michele Ritchie Barbacane
  • Gary Bevilacqua
  • Lawrence Davidson
  • John Embick
  • Thomas Foster
  • Jim Kane
  • Christopher Kurth
  • Thomas Sennett
  • Sharlee Van Tine
  • Edward Yost

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