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Residents Invited to Offer Input on State College Strategic Neighborhood Plan

by on March 20, 2014 6:00 AM

The brutal winter weather delayed it, but the State College Planning Commission is set to give residents a chance to review the borough's draft neighborhood plan.

The State College Planning Commission has spent the past year assessing each neighborhood's strengths and weaknesses, while developing a long-range outlook on potential opportunities and possible threats.

During an Open House at 7 p.m. Thursday at the State College Municipal Building, residents can "walk through" the plan. A series of displays will describe how the plan is organized and how the community can use the recommendations. Additionally, these displays will highlight the unique applications of the plan for each neighborhood.

The goal is to allow residents to offer further input for the final report.

The event was originally slated for February, but winter weather prompted officials to reschedule.

Not only does the draft plan take an extensive look at individual neighborhoods, it also reveals some interesting facts and figures about State College residents:

62 percent of residents have a bachelors degree or higher. There are 12,610 occupied housing units in the borough. Twenty percent of those units are owner-occupied and 80 percent are rentals. Sixty-eight percent of Penn State students live off campus and 305 single-family homes are registered as student housing.

The draft neighborhood plan was developed through meetings with residents who helped set goals to keep neighborhoods vibrant and connected to the community.

Featured neighborhoods include College Heights, Highlands, Vallamont, Nittany Hills East & Penfield, State College South, Tusseyview, Greentree, Orchard Park, Holmes-Foster/West End, and Penn State's main campus.

According to the plan, residents want to protect and invest in their neighborhoods in the face of continuing growth in the Centre Region.

After deciding on which goals were worth pursuing, members of the planning commission held a series of meetings last summer, to develop an action plan for meeting those goals.

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