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
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
Future Land Use Analysis
Comprehensive Plan Update aerial photograph
Comprehensive Plan Update zoning map
Comprehensive Plan Update potential developable land
Comprehensive Plan Update DRAFT Future Land Use
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)