In our last meeting we asked the team to think of the three objectives: Preserve, Enhance, and Transform. Preservation has the least amount of change, with the emphasis being put on keeping existing last uses including open space and natural resources. Enhancement has a bit more change associated with it, being used for areas such as stable neighborhoods or urban centers that might just need a facelift or small improvements. The third objective, transform, is associated with a significant amount of change. This land use objective works well for redevelopment sites like brownfields, disinvested urban cores, and more.
Previously, attendees marked areas of the district that they wanted to see either preserved, enhanced, or transformed. Our next step is investigating strategies to help achieve those goals.
The County’s Comprehensive Plan, Reimagining Our Westmoreland, has many land use strategies sprinkled throughout. We encourage you to take look through them to see which ones are a priority, and which ones you think can be applied throughout the Central Planning District. For example, Strategy 5.1 is to Eliminate Blight. Would that be a strategy your community could use? Could you see it being used in the entire district?
Land Use Strategies:
1.6 Provide Development-Ready Sites
2.4 Grow Local
2.5 Develop Recreational Destinations
3.1 Invest in Downtowns
3.2 Provide Housing Options
3.4 Utilize Planning Best Practices
3.5 Direct Density
4.1 Enhance Trail Systems
4.2 Make Parks Welcoming & Accessible
4.3 Preserve Open Space & Protect Natural Assets
4.4 Improve & Sustain Water Resources
5.1 Eliminate Blight
5.2 Invest in Beautification
5.3 Go Green
At the next meeting, we will discuss and prioritize these strategies. Identifying priorities will then help to develop the final plan for the Central District, incorporating the future land use map created by the team, with the top strategies for how to implement those goals. Please RSVP for our next meeting 6:00 PM on May 26, 2022 in Arona Borough at St Marks Lutheran Church, 2094 Main Street, Arona, PA 15617.