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Perkasie Borough kicked off its interactive effort to create a comprehensive development plan for the borough to prepare for the next 20 years during a public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The Bucks County Planning Commission was awarded the contract by the borough council to lead the preparation of the new plan. The last plan was adopted in 1993. The efforts are funded by a “large” grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Com- mission, according to a press release from the borough.
The purpose of this year’s efforts, as described at last Wednesday’s meeting, is to create a policy document that outlines a shared vision for a community’s future and outlines plans to achieve that vision.
At the kickoff meeting, as part RI WhH fiUVW YLVLRnLnJ VHVVLRn, UHVLdents and borough council members brainstormed on three different topics: strengths, weaknesses and the ideal Perkasie in 2032.
Strengths centered around the “small-town feel,” walkability, Menlo Park and the community carousel.
BCPC representatives presented what they found that “makes Perkasie special,” highlighting that 50 percent of the borough is residential and the varied housing offerings, from homes to apartments. Also, nR VLJnLfiFDnW SDVV-WhURuJh WUDIfiF, extensive community parks and the proximity to Bucks County Community College’s Upper Bucks campus were notable.
A whole host of weaknesses were discussed. Mayor John Hollenbach highlighted that there are a number of old factories that aren’t in use, suggesting the borough could provide tax incentives to turn those properties around.
Many weaknesses that were brought up began conversation about possible solutions to in turn create an ideal Perkasie in 2032.
Council President Matthew Aigeldinger, who is an avid bicyclist, suggested the borough could attempt to connect the Perkiomen Trail to Perkasie. The 20-mile trail follows Perkiomen Creek and connects to the Schuylkill River Trail,
which ends in Philadelphia, and the Audubon Route.
Many suggestions about connecting and interacting with surrounding towns were made in an effort to bring more business to the center of Perkasie, including discussion about constructing a parking overlay.
One Perkasie resident, who lived in California for the past 17 years and recently returned, suggested efforts to preserve historical resources in the borough.
BC3C DnG ERrRuJK RIficials made it clear that this would not be the last discussion to determine the direc- tion Perkasie will take in the future. The BCPC invited members of the community to attend the comprehensive plan meetings that will be occurring monthly for the next year.
The borough also needs community volunteers to attend the meeting in September, which will be planning and preparation for the communitywide meeting in October. BCPC also encouraged meeting attendees to spread the news about the communitywide meeting in October, which will allow Perkasie borough residents to further brainstorm on the changes they wish to see the borough make. Borough Manager Dan Olpere said he believes these meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month but encouraged residents to check perkasieborough.org for the finDOLzHG sFKHGuOH Ds WKH dates near.
“I thought tonight’s meetLnJ ZDs D vHry JRRG firsW step toward a comprehensive plan,” Aigeldinger said. “I thought the dialogue was productive and I look forward to seeing an addressable plan moving forward.”