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State College Planning Commission Puts Finishing Touches on Neighborhood Plan

by on April 10, 2014 9:18 PM

The State College Planning Commission put some of the finishing touches on the elaborate Neighborhood Plan that will be presented to Borough Council in the coming weeks.

Thursday night staff provided members of the commission with draft versions of the plan that will ultimately be a guide to improve the quality of life within the borough's neighborhoods.

Last month, residents had an opportunity to review the draft plan and offer feedback. In recent weeks, the commission and staff have been reviewing the plan related to content, format and general edits.

The commission is expected to present a final plan to Borough Council in late spring or early summer.

Megan Tuttle, borough planner, says the report is a guiding document that lays out a vision for the borough to follow overtime to better improve the quality of neighborhoods based on residents needs and desires. Essentially, it is a starting point for the borough to help determine what projects officials pursue to improve the borough.

For more than a year, the Planning Commission conducted research, including feedback from community forums, to determine recommendations the commission can make to Borough Council to improve the quality of life.

Some of the common themes in our neighborhoods include; enhancing neighborhood activity and community events; neighborhood transportation safety and variety of modes of transportation; and maintaining a high level of enforcement of the borough's ordinances related to property, behavior and occupancy.

In 2012, the planning commission began updating the 1994 Highlands neighborhood plan and decided to develop neighborhood plans for each community in the borough. Thursday's event was the culmination of that effort. The next step is to review feedback make any necessary changes to the plan, and then present it to Borough Council.

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

View the draft plan HERE.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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