Reimagining Our Westmoreland will create a blueprint for our future – a new comprehensive plan that will help the County become more livable and prosperous!
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
Reimagining Our Westmoreland will serve as the County’s official guide for land use and development over the next 10-20 years. It will be Westmoreland’s “road map,” detailing a long-term vision and policy agenda for important quality of life issues like land use, housing, parks, infrastructure, transportation, and more. Ultimately, the Plan will answer: “what should Westmoreland County look like in 10-20 years and how do we get there?”
Why are we updating the Comprehensive Plan?
The County has been experiencing a declining population, rapidly increasing median age, and relative lack of diversity. Reimagining Our Westmoreland will establish priorities, projects, investments, and recommendations that can reverse these trends and make it a more competitive place to live, work, invest, and visit. To learn more about the changes that are driving this Comprehensive Plan check out this video.
What are the contents of a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan describes future goals and objectives for development, as well as an action plan to achieve those goals. Topics that the Reimagining Our Westmoreland may address include: land use and development; neighborhoods; employment; transportation and mobility; parks and green spaces; public facilities and infrastructure; sustainability; tourism; arts and culture; and more.
Who is involved in creating the Comprehensive Plan?
The new Comprehensive Plan will be community-driven, and its vision and policy recommendations will be grounded in extensive community outreach. Over the course of the next year, residents and stakeholders will have numerous opportunities to participate both in-person and online. Ultimately, the Comprehensive Plan will be approved by the County’s Board of Commissioners.
The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) is working with the consultant team to help review the plan throughout the entire planning process. Members include:
CPAC Member Name and Affiliation
- Jeff Landy – Borough Manager, Mt. Pleasant Borough
- Mike Turely – Assistant Manager, North Huntingdon Township
- Barb Ciampini – Planning Director, City of Greensburg
- Lew Villotti – Planning and Development Director, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
- Alan Blahovec – Executive Director, Westmoreland Transit
- Andrew Thornton – Small Business Owner, Allegory Gallery
- Marc Lippa – Human Resource Director, Kennametal
- Corinne Coulson – Enrollment Services Specialist, Penn State New Kensington
- Dr. Tuesday Stanley – President, Westmoreland College
- Sam Reiman – Associate Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation
- Greg Philips – Executive Director, Westmoreland Conservation District
- Laura Fisher – Senior Vice President, Workforce & Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
- Dr. Roderick Booker – Assistant Professor, Westmoreland College
- Joe Szczur – District Executive, PennDOT District 12
- Rob Ritson – Chief of Staff, Senator Kim Ward
- Chad Amond – President, Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce
- Jennifer Miele – Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Excela Health
- Bobbi Watt Geer, Ph.D. – Regional Vice President, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
- Phil Koch – Executive Director, Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
We already have other plans. What will happen to those?
Existing plans are an important part of the Comprehensive Plan process. These plans will inform the Comprehensive Plan, and in some cases, will be incorporated into the plan if the goals and vision are still consistent with the community’s aspirations.
When will the Reimagining Our Westmoreland planning process begin and when will it be completed?
The initial planning phases began in Summer 2016, with anticipated project completion in Early 2018.
How can I get involved in the process?
It is important to get involved in all the Comprehensive Plan activities, from data collection, to community visioning and mapping, to creation of community goals and objectives. The Get Involved page of this website describes all the opportunities available to give your input, including public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and an interactive mapping tool. The News & Updates page will list meeting dates and times throughout the process as they are scheduled. Finally, materials from meetings and drafts of Plan documents will be posted on the Documents page as they are created and updated.