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Still Time For Public To Be Heard On County Plan

October 23rd, 2019

Residents of Potter County still have time to speak their minds about their communities’ future as the Northern Pennsylvania Tri-County Comprehensive Plan moves closer to adoption. The plan will guide decision-makers across a broad spectrum of public policy areas for the 2020-29 decade. Its implications will be felt in everything from economic development and agriculture, to tourism and health care.

Initial research cited multiple public policy challenges posed by declining population, combined with steady increases in median age. Implications will be felt in terms of needed services, changes in the job market, economics and other areas. Approximately 1,000 Potter County residents have weighed in with input on a series of identified priorities, including:

  • business attraction, workforce development and employment;
  • infrastructure (including public works and high-speed internet);
  • attractions for tourism and recreation;
  • downtown amenities and community services;
  • gaps in health care and drug addiction services
  • agriculture (including the forest products industry);
  • education;
  • protection of air, water and natural places;
  • transportation.

Since that time, consultants from the Michael Baker International firm have created a draft of the plan and posted it online for public input. The plan is now available under Planning/GIS Department on pottercountypa.net. A form is posted on that page to accommodate public comment. This final 45-day comment period will run until Nov 22. In Potter County, a public hearing will be held at 11 am on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the commissioners office. The document will be on the agenda for adoption following the hearing. The comprehensive plan is mandated by the state and must be updated every 10 years.

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