New Stanton to craft comprehensive plan to prove borough 'more than' turnpike exit
New Stanton Council President Scott Sistek said he wants the community to be seen as more than just a stop off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The borough is working with the Westmoreland County planning department on a comprehensive plan to guide it through the next 10 years.
“I want to see it become more of a community, where there’s more of a downtown business district,” Sistek said.
County planners proposed the idea of a new comprehensive plan last fall to coincide with PennDOT’s $50 million in improvements to the borough’s turnpike interchange.
PennDOT will start construction in 2015, moving the entrance and exit ramps to I-70 to relieve traffic in the borough. Construction will be completed in 2018.
New Stanton’s existing comprehensive plan is more than 10 years old, and with the recent growth of the community and impending interchange upgrades it is time for a new one, said planning department Assistant Deputy Director Brian Lawrence.
“New Stanton is a rare borough in Westmoreland County and the region in that it’s seen population growth over the last 20 years,” Lawrence said.
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