With more than 20 years elapsed since Wright Township has established a comprehensive plan, officials have been creating an updated plan and, with an April community input session scheduled, hope to adopt the new document by the end of this year.
The purpose of having a comprehensive plan is so that the supervisors and the planning commission have a framework for addressing change, explained Thomas Urosevich, chair of the township’s planning commission. The role of Urosevich and fellow commission members is to make sure that any development proposed in the township falls in accordance with township ordinances and within the goals and objectives that are outlined in the comprehensive plan.
As the township is managing its growth and development, the policies outlined in the new comprehensive plan will help it deal with the changes as they occur. Urosevich stressed that, by creating a new plan, the township is being proactive, rather than reactive, as changes unfold.
The plan is being created by both the planning commission and with outside consultant Jack Varaly, who Urosevich called “an expert in his field.” Varaly has helped create comprehensive plans for a number of communities in the area, including Wright Township’s current plan, which was drafted in 1997. Varaly’s work this time is being paid for by a grant, secured by the Luzerne CountyOffice of Community Development.
Playing a significant role in thecreation of the new plan is publicinput. In 2015, a survey was mailedout to 20 percent of townshiphouseholds, and was also madeavailable to anyone else interested, asking residents their views onsubjects ranging from municipalservices to quality of life in WrightTownship.
This year, on April 3 at 6:30 p. m., residents are invited to attend aplanning commission work session, at the municipal building, to furthervoice their opinions and views. “We’re relying on them to help usin setting goals for the future of thetownship,” Urosevich related. “Weinvite the public to attend.”
Outlined in the comprehensiveplan are five areas of study –economic development, socialaspects, environment, housing, andgovernment. Within those categories, the developers of the plan willuse public input to put together aframework for establishing new goalsand objectives for the township.
In analyzing the 2015 survey, officials have seen some differences inthe wants and needs of residents fromthe survey done over two decades ago, for the 1997 comprehensive plan. Forexample, Urosevich explained, in1997, residents stated that positivesof the township were its residentialsetting, low travel time to cities andhighways, and low crime rates. Thosepeople viewed population growth andoverdevelopment as negatives. The