Comprehensive planning is a process for organizing the future deal with change. It identifies issues and recommends solutions or strategies to achieve better community and economic conditions.
The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) (Act 247 of 1968, as reenacted and amended by Act 170 of 1988) requires that a comprehensive plan consider the many factors that influence a community such as housing availability, transportation systems and services, community facilities, services and utilities, and land use policy. It also addresses those features that will have an impact on the community, such as the location, character and timing of future development. At the county level, comprehensive planning looks beyond municipal boundaries and focuses on issues and recommendations that are regional or county-wide in nature. At the local level, comprehensive planning can be more specific and address neighborhood, business district, or even individual site concerns.
Mifflin County has had a comprehensive plan in effect since 1975. It’s most recent update, Visions for the 21st Century, was adopted in April 2014. It anticipates continued slow steady growth among the resident population, sustains Mifflin County’s policies of planned growth in infrastructure-served areas, and incorporates priority recommendations from other county planning efforts for state and local transportation systems, public water and sewer systems, solid waste disposal and recycling, parks and open space, and tourism.
For more details on Mifflin County’s Comprehensive Plan and related planning efforts, click on the links below.