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Middletown to Hold Public Meeting On Its Comprehensive Plan. Newtown, Upper Makefield & Wrightstown Township May Be Next

Middletown to Hold Public Meeting On Its Comprehensive Plan. Newtown, Upper Makefield & Wrightstown Township May Be Next | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

A comprehensive plan is like a blueprint or guide book for a municipality to follow when it prepares for the future.

Middletown Township needs to update its current master plan, which dates to 1994, and wants input from residents as to what their wish list would be to enhance the community.

A public meeting will take place Tuesday [June 9, 2019] from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Municipal Center, 3 Municipal Way. Residents, business owners and others interested in the township can come for the entire meeting or stop by to participate in part of it.

“Middletown’s comprehensive plan is such a great opportunity for residents to guide the direction of our community for years to come,” said Supervisor Amy Strouse. “This document will influence the character of our neighborhoods and shopping areas, identify problem areas and underutilized resources, and reprioritize the budget.”

Strouse said a volunteer steering committee has met twice already and these residents (representing a cross section of interests and neighborhoods) are giving great feedback on priorities like walkability, traffic concerns and open space preservation.

The five main issues the master plan will cover are sustainability, housing, redevelopment, transportation and recreation.

Having an updated comprehensive plan will help Middletown decide on its “vision” for the future and “will help us decide what funding sources and grants to apply for,” said Scott Sadowsky, assistant to the township manager. The development of the plan is still early in the process, so it’s a good time to get residents’ input, he pointed out.

To promote the endeavor, the township is sponsoring a photography contest and asks residents to send their photos of areas of the township that they like or those where they think improvements are needed. The photos should be emailed to CompPlan@middletownbucks.org for sharing on social media and the township website. The contest winner will receive gift certificates to eateries and entertainment venues.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

At the Newtown Area Joint Zoning Council (JZC) meeting on June 6, 2019, Lisa Wolff, Senior Planner at the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC), presented a proposal for developing a new Comprehensive Plan for the Jointure. There was a discussion of doing a survey of residents, which is optional. In my opinion, the process that Middletown is going through to develop its plan by involving the public in multiple ways is a good model for the Jointure to follow should it decide to create a new plan as per the BCPC proposal. There will be a draft a resolution authorizing the development of a new plan for each to the Jointure Townships to consider.

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