Minister Creek was said to be named for catfish then called “minister fish” because of the black back, white belly and long whiskers.


Comprehensive Plan

recent updates

April 1, 2021 - The Comprehensive Plan was adopted.

February 12, 2021 - The draft Comprehensive Plan is now available for review.  Please note we have a 45-day Public Comment before the BOS will consider its adoption on April 1, 2021.   


February 12, 2020 - We will be going over the governance structure relating to the implementation of the comprehensive plan as well as the draft goals and recommendations.  Presentation and Master Goals.

January 8, 2020 - The PC will hear this presentation on community facilities and utilities.

December 11, 2019 - The PC will hear this presentation on future land use.  Click here for the background data.

November 13, 2019 - The Township held a community workshop.  Here's the PPT from the meeting.

October 9, 2019 - The PC heard this presentation on economic development.  Click here for the background data.

September 11, 2019 - The PC discussed this presentation on natural and historic resources.  Click here for the background data.

September 3, 2019 -  New Hanover Township Community Survey is now ready.  

August 14, 2019 - The PC discussed this presentation on traffic values.  Click here for the background data.

July 10, 2019 - The PC discussed this presentation on parks and recreation values.  Click here for the background data.

June 12, 2019 - The PC discussed backround data on population and went through this presentation.

May 16, 2019 - Our survey page is live, but the survey is not yet ready.  Check back later in the year for when you can contribute your thoughts officially.  In the meatime, stop by a Planning Commission meeting to share your thoughts!

May 8, 2019 - The Planning Commission developed a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis during its meeting.  It's in process of developing a vision statement.


The Township contracted with the Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) to update the Township’s Comprehensive Plan.  A comprehensive plan is a document designed to guide the future actions of a community. It offers a vision for the future, with long-range goals and objectives for activities that affect future land use including the location, character and timing of future development.

The components of the plan are outlined in Article III of the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC).   It is suggested that a comprehensive plan be updated every 10 years, and our last update occurred in 1998. The focus of the plan is to revisit all the relevant aspects as outlined in the MPC to provide renewed information on our changing demographics, housing needs, parks and recreation development, the needs of the business community and more.  It will establish future objectives and priorities and may offer perspectives on redevelopment, address opportunities for vacant properties and properties in transition as well as streetscape improvements, walkability and transportation issues and the protection of natural and historic resources.

The MCPC through their Resolution 70-3, dated March 11, 1970 established policies for local planning assistance, a cost sharing formula and a schedule of fees and charges by which the services of MCPC’s staff was offered to assist the 62 municipalities in the county.  Through this cost sharing program, the Township is responsible for 50% of the total cost of the update.  The process for the update will begin in September 2018 and the projected time frame to completion is 24 – 30 months. Our comprehensive plan runs parallel to the Montco 2040 Vision Plan which is a generalized goal-oriented conceptual plan.