What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan enables a community to establish its vision, goals, and aspirations for the future. The Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code (MPC) authorizes local jurisdictions to identify areas where growth and various types of private development (residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural) will occur so that a full range of public infrastructure services, including sewer, water, highways, police and fire protection, public schools, parks, open space and other services can be adequately planned and provided as needed to accommodate growth.
Springfield Township is kicking off the process to update the Comprehensive Plan! A Comprehensive Plan is a document updated every ten years that establishes community goals and aspirations for land use, community development, and growth management. As part of the process, the Township is launching various public engagement activities to gather input from the community.
As another part of this effort, the Township is launching a community survey beginning July 18th! The Springfield Comprehensive Plan Community Survey is open to all interested residents, community members, and other Springfield stakeholders such as businesses, community organizations, and other partners. The survey will run through August 21st, 2022. This survey is the one of many opportunities to participate in the Comprehensive Plan development process, which began in April 2022 and is expected to wrap-up by August 2023.
To participate and share your voice, please click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/springfieldcompplan
Comprehensive Plan Focus Groups — DRAFT Results!
As part of this effort, the Township held a series of topic-based Focus Groups held in-person at the Township Building and via Zoom on Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th. The Springfield Comprehensive Plan Focus Groups were open to all interested residents, community members, and other Springfield stakeholders such as businesses, community organizations, and public sector partners. These Focus Groups were the first of many opportunities to participate in the Comprehensive Plan development process, which began in April 2022 and is expected to wrap-up by August 2023.
The Focus Groups were convened by the topics listed below. All residents, community members, and stakeholders with interests or opinions in these areas should sign-up! Participants are welcome to sign-up for multiple Focus Groups.
Springfield Comprehensive Plan – Focus Groups:
- Public Services: Public groups (e.g., Palisades School District, Township Water Authority, Township Police and emergency services, neighboring municipalities) provide services in the township. Discussion may consider education, digital infrastructure, road maintenance, zoning regulation, or other topics germane to public services.
- Economic Development: Existing and prospective businesses (including commercial, industrial, service sector, construction, agricultural/farming, home-based businesses, etc.) to elucidate the Township’s current economic environment, and opportunities for improvement.
- Springfield Folks: Springfield Residents, from youth to seniors, shall consider needs and opportunities regarding the quality of life of Springfield in general. The discussion might touch on public transportation, recreation, parks, open space and conservation, or mitigation of climate change effects.
- Community Organizations: Nonprofits, volunteer organizations, community/neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations, and their role in enhancing quality of life, the environment, and community engagement.
Public Services Focus Group
- Public Services Focus Group Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis
- Jamboard — Public Services Focus Group
Economic Development Focus Group
- Economic Development Focus Group Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis
- Jamboard — Economic Development Focus Group
Springfield Folks Focus Group
- Springfield Folks Focus Group Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis
- Jamboard — Springfield Folks Focus Group
Community Organizations Focus Group