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Potter, McKean , Cameron Team For Comprehensive Plan

September 2nd, 2018 Comments off

Potter, McKean and Cameron counties are joining forces to develop a joint “comprehensive plan,” the document that guides decision-making on topics as varied as land use planning, highway/bridge projects, economic development, protection of natural resources, public safety, transportation and housing. The plan is mandated by the state and must be updated every 10 years. Each county will have a separate section that reflects local priorities. Commissioners from the three counties signed on to the project in an effort to save costs through shared resources. Total cost is $115,000, with $80,000 covered by federal funding and the remaining $34,500 shared equally among Cameron, Potter and McKean counties.

Input will be solicited from townships and boroughs, school districts, community organizations and the general public. A kickoff event was held recently in Smethport. Two representatives from the consulting firm, Michael Baker International, spoke to 30 representatives from the three counties about objectives, timelines, public engagement, anticipated outcomes and roles and responsibilities. Planning Directors Will Hunt (Potter), Cliff Clark (Cameron) and Jeremy Morey (McKean) are the point people. A steering committee and focus groups will provide input and public meetings will be scheduled.