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March 20, 2013

Meadville comprehensive plan update entering final stages

MEADVILLE — The first update of the City of Meadville’s comprehensive plan in 20 years is entering the final stages of completion.

Zoning Officer Gary Johnson is scheduled to present the final draft of the plan to city council during its monthly meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in Meadville City Hall, 894 Diamond Park. As with all of council’s public meetings and study sessions, the meeting is open to the public.

The update, which has been in the works since October 2011 under the direction of Zoning Administrator Gary Johnson and the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission, is designed to provide city officials and planners with a blueprint for efficiently assigning time and money to publicly-supported projects.

During tonight’s meeting, a date and time will be set for a public hearing on the comprehensive plan, probably immediately preceding council’s April monthly meeting.

Based on input gathered during the past year and a half, the city’s top priorities during the next decade are expected to be identified as:

- Provide incentive to the owners of identified vacant and underutilized sites to revitalize their properties.

- Develop and coordinate a Main Street Model Program.

- Work with developers to acquire homes in need of renovation or demolition.

- Form a task force comprised of city, county and major institutional and business leaders to implement the comprehensive plan.

- Continue efforts to enhance the city’s downtown streetscape.

In other business, council’s parking subcommittee, consisting of council members Nancy Mangilo-Bittner and Bob Langley, are scheduled to update council on their efforts to arrive at an equitable solution to what has been described as an ongoing shortage of parking spaces in locations allowing easy access to downtown businesses.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mspicer@meadvilletribune.com.

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