Meadville Tribune

June 20, 2013

Meadville mulls implementing comprehensive plan update

By Mary Spicer
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Meadville City Council’s consideration of Community Development Objectives 1 through 4 contained in the revision of the city’s comprehensive plan was brief and to the point. The plan, designed to update the city’s 1993 Comprehensive plan, was developed under the guidance of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and referred to council for final action.

“This is not a discussion about how to implement the plan,” Mayor Christopher Soff told council members during their monthly meeting Monday night. The question, he continued, was whether councilmembers agree that the plan outlined is something the city should pursue.

“I can think of no objection philosophically to this,” he said, speaking of Community Development Objective No. 1: “Expand economic development efforts by supporting existing business and increasing new business opportunities to strengthen the city’s tax base.”

“It is incumbent on us at a later time to figure out how to implement it,” Soff said.

Speaking of Community Development Objective No. 2: “Revitalize the central business district by addressing aesthetics, parking and vacant/underutilized structures,” Soff noted that “this is not new.”

“Community Development Objective No. 3, “Provide a diverse mix of housing that appeals to all residents,” received similar approval, as did Community Development Objective No. 4: “Increase rehabilitation efforts and code enforcement in targeted residential neighborhoods.”

“What we have to discuss is how we will go about making sure that these objectives are achieved,” Soff said, noting that council will look at Community Development Objectives Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 8 during one of its two meetings in July.

“People have come to us and said, ‘This is what we want to accomplish,’” Soff said. “In the future, we have to decide how to accomplish it.”

Due to the upcoming July 4 holiday, Meadville City Council has moved its regularly-scheduled July 3 study session to July 10, when council will meet at 4 p.m. in the Meadville City Building. Council’s televised meeting will take place July 17 at 6 p.m. as scheduled.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at