Murrysville officials seek a 'vision' for its future
Murrysville officials say they aren't looking for a comprehensive plan — they want “a vision.”
That's how council defined the embattled draft of the comprehensive plan, which has been criticized by council and residents in recent months for not having enough public input. Last week, officials agreed to look at the plan — which has been in the works since 2012 — as a 10-year tool to help guide future decisions.
“People see the word ‘plan' and think it's cast in concrete,” Council President Joan Kearns said. “They have a hard time grasping that this is a tool that we use when looking at capital improvements and other things.”
A committee of residents and officials worked on the plan, which is a set of goals designed to shape the future of the community.
“Generally, this is the vision,” chief administrator Jim Morrison said. “If the goals and objectives meet the desires of council, the real debate begins on how we meet those.”
In the coming months, council will review each of the 10 objectives and five goals outlined in the plan. Each one has three to six “action items” that council can decide to follow up with, Morrison said.
“Typically, a plan has been approved and put on a shelf,” Morrison said. “We don't want that to happen.”
Municipal planner Allen Cohen said the plan can be used to delegate responsibilities to various staff members to make sure that certain objectives are met.
“It's keeping a scorecard,” Cohen said. “It's about having the goals, what is expected out of the plan, who is supposed to do what and keeping track of it on an annual basis.”
Councilman Josh Lorenz said no one would have predicted the way the housing market would change when the last plan was developed in 2002. Instead of trying to craft a plan that will meet every need of the municipality, he suggested focusing on goals that the municipality can move towards.
“Things can and do change,” Lorenz said. “If we had a crystal ball and could fast forward 10 years and write the perfect comprehensive plan, that would be great.”
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2365.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Twins keep trains on track at Western Pa. malls
- Murrysville Medic One named Agency of the Year
- Murrysville’s Jenkins starts recording EP
- Family does what it can to care for Murrysville graveyard
- Franklin Regional works to boost auto call system participation
- Donors help Delmont-based food bank rebound
- Municipal hours, trash service affected by holidays