Mifflin County is updating its Comprehensive Plan, “Pathways and Bridges,” which was originally adopted in 2000. The County will use this plan to guide community and economic development efforts to serve the changing needs of its citizens.
Pathways and Bridges has served the County well, providing a sound blueprint for the County’s community and economic development initiatives. Specifically, this policy document has supported infrastructure maintenance and improvements, the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, and education and training for County and municipal officials as well as staff on contemporary land use and transportation planning topics. Pathways and Bridges will provide a strong foundation for development of the plan update.
A comprehensive plan is a policy document to guide services, ordinances, and other decision-making in meeting the needs of citizens. The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (Act 247 of 1968, as enacted and amended) requires each county to prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan and to review the plan at least every ten years.
A county comprehensive plan shall include:
The Mifflin County Planning and Development Department is leading the effort. The County has hired the consulting team of Gannett Fleming, Inc., Delta Development Group, and Vernon Land Use to provide technical assistance. A Planning Advisory Committee has been appointed to provide regular input and feedback to the planning team. Once the plan update is prepared, the Mifflin County Planning Commission will endorse the plan update and Board of Commissioners will adopt it.
The entire project is valued at $143,224. The transportation and land use components are being funded by SEDA-COG with $74,666 from PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration and being matched with $18,667 from Mifflin County in cash and in-kind services. The remaining plan components, valued at $49,891, are funded by Mifflin County, the County’s Community Development Block Grant program, and contributions from the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation, the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Lewistown, Derry Township, and the Lewistown Hospital.
Yes, citizen participation is important to ensure that the plan directs services to the needs of citizens. The project includes several opportunities for citizens to participate in planning discussions. See the Events page for the schedule and previous event summaries.
Planning Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public.