Planning is the endeavor to create better communities through the expectation and management of change. It is the job of planners to help manage the economic, social, and environmental issues that arise from such change.
We perform this role by analyzing data and information from a variety of sources. We identify trends, changes, and conditions in our community and offer recommendations on how best to respond to them.
Much of our work takes the form of comprehensive, master, or area-wide plans. Plans are strategy documents that offer recommendations on a course of action, it is up to elected officials to set policy that implements the action. The best plans are those that take the community's view into consideration and creates practical and attainable goals for improving the county.
We Are Here to Serve You
Our Technical Resources and Municipal Services (TRAMS) program offers an innovative approach to deliver much needed professional planning services to our municipalities. Of the county's 65 municipalities, fewer than 10 have full-time planners, and less that 1/3 have professional management. This situation creates impediments to implementation of various plans and communities' vision. The TRAMS program seeks to bridge the capacity gap. By leveraging partnerships and professional staff resources, we can equip our communities to change their trajectory.
Westmoreland County Planning Staff
TRAMS Core Functions
Planners are trained in statistics and data. This training and professional development enables us to identify the best practices to deploy in our communities.
Reaching community consensus on the direction of a community requires specific skills of community engagement, listening, and synthesizing ideas.
Owing to our knowledge base of economics, housing, transportation, urban design, and land use, among others, uniquely prepares us to offer advice to decision makers.
The value of a plan is whether the discrete projects that define it are implemented. Planners have the project management skills to see things through.