Several months ago, Bridgeville’s planning commission launched an effort to identify and evaluate various ways to improve the community through planning, zoning, and land use.
The 11 concepts are, in no particular order:
- Pedestrian safety
- Enhancing Bridgeville’s small town charm
- Parking issues
- Cleaning up the borough
- Creating a new comprehensive plan
- Evaluating existing land parcels that could be available for development
- Traffic mitigation and revitalization of Bridgeville’s North End business district
- Code enforcement
- Walkability and connecting the borough’s trails
- The future of Baldwin Street
With the initial review concluded as of Monday, the group is ready to dig into the more challenging work of analyzing budget considerations, prioritizing solutions, gathering public feedback, and making recommendations to borough council.
At the outset of Monday’s meeting, commission chair Dale Livingston noted that the this project is just beginning.
“Let me emphasize,” said commission chair Dave Livingston, “this is an initial discussion of the concepts for long-term planning.”
Before the next commission meeting in July, each member will identify the three issues that they feel are most important for the borough to pursue now, rather than later. The results of that informal vote will guide the commission as its work continues the rest of this year.
Although the planning commission doesn’t have the power to create or change local laws, it does make zoning and planning recommendations to borough council.
Bridgeville’s last comprehensive plan was created in 2004. A new, carefully crafted plan could now could influence the character of the borough for the next decade and beyond.
Reminder: There’s currently a vacancy on the planning commission. If you’re interested in serving, send a resume and letter of interest to the borough ASAP.