300 N. Center Ave.
Somerset, PA 15501
As a result of former Governor Ridge's Growing Greener initiative, Pennsylvania's counties have
an opportunity to update their comprehensive plans, which are an invaluable tool for local
land use decision-making.
This project is being funded by an $84,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of
Community and Economic Development Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance (LUPTAP)
grant program and by the County of Somerset. The total project budget is $120,000.
Project consultant team is comprised of Gannett Fleming, Inc., and Delta Development
The lead agency for Somerset County for this project is the Somerset County Planning
The existing plan for Somerset County was completed in the 1960's under the federal
701 planning program, and for all practical purposes the plan is no longer useful
due to its age and missing elements.
The comprehensive plan for Somerset County is intended to be an overall policy guide
for short and long-term physical development. It will outline the general goals and
objectives for community development and provide a general pattern for future
growth, development, land use, and community character.
The specific topic areas to be addressed in the Plan include: Land Use, Housing,
Population and Demographics, Economy, Environmental Resources, Infrastructure and
Community Services, Transportation, Historical and Cultural Resources, and
The goal of the plan is devise methods to protect the quality of life for residents and
visitors, while ensuring economic prosperity.
The finished product will be an interactive tool, a "cookbook," that has well defined
goals and objectives, easily implemented strategies and recommendations
and an action plan that looks at these items in two, five, ten and
twenty year increments.
This project will rely heavily upon mapping, photographs, drawings, computer simulations
and other graphics to help in depicting plan information.
An extensive public participation process will be undertaken to get
citizens involved in the project.