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New Stanton officials told to update development plans

Date: 10/15/2013



 


By Kate Wilcox

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013



New Stanton officials need to plan for new business and residential development after the Interstate 70 interchange construction project is completed in 2018, according to the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development.



The $50 million PennDOT project, which aims to ease the borough’s traffic gridlock, will remove the ramps to I-70 and relocate them near the UPS facility.



County planners predict that the project will bring more business and residential development to the borough, which has an outdated comprehensive plan. The plan, which was drafted more than 10 years ago, lays out community goals for land use and policy.



At a recent council meeting, county planners presented options for revamping the borough’s planning and zoning to help control and manage anticipated development.



Christopher Bova, deputy planning director, and Brian Lawrence, assistant deputy director, gave council a sample of a comprehensive plan and a master plan, costing $75,000 and $50,000 respectively. If council decides to draft a new comprehensive plan, they would draw up a request for proposals based on one of those examples.



The county started working with the borough several months ago, soliciting ideas from residents about what the new face of New Stanton could look like during a public meeting with Smart Growth Partnership, ...



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