Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the first meeting being held by the City of Chester PA as they begin the process of updating their comprehensive plan.
The City is holding a series of five public meetings to obtain input and ideas from the public on both the progress in the city to date and which items should be highlighted as priorities in the future. The last Comprehensive Plan, Vision 2000, was completed in 1994. The new plan, titled Vision 2020, is expected to be completed toward the end of 2009. State law requires periodic updates to the plan.
The first meeting was held on an informal basis at the Eastside Ministries on 9th St allowing participants ample opportunity to learn about various facets of the plan. There were multiple charts and graphic displays which provided a great overview of the situation today and the tentative plans for the future. Many of the planners were in attendance providing an in-depth description of the projects currently under way.
The City of Chester has made tremendous progress recently with the addition of Harrahs, the waterfront development, the new soccer facilities now under construction, increased freeway access, and multiple housing projects. They now want to build on this momentum as they plan for the future and highlight those areas that the community feels are the most important items to be included in the future. Input from the residents will be used to prioritize the projects as they move forward.
Chester has planned four additional public open meetings to gather input:
-Tuesday June 9, 2009 at 6:30
at the Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St
- Monday June 15 2009 at 6:30
at the New Jerusalem Church of Chester, 2100 W 3rd St
- Wednesday June 24 2009 at 6:30
at the White Rock Christian Church at 308 W 3rd St
- Tuesday June 30 2009 at 6:30
at the North Chester Baptist Church at 2331 Providence Ave
Please be sure to visit any of these meetings to learn where we stand today and provide input for the future.
As always, if you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.