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New Hanover Township “free schools” started in 1850 with the operation of 10 one-room schools. The township-run school system closed in 1949, but all of the buildings still stand today.

Planning

Comprehensive Plan


Background

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.

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