Middlesex resident pushes for update on plan committee

November 27, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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MIDDLESEX TWP — Middlesex supervisors discussed the pending formation of a comprehensive plan committee during their meeting Nov. 20. The committee would contribute to developing a comprehensive plan for the township.

Resident David McMaster asked what progress has been made on forming the committee. Township manager Travis Cavanaugh said he’s compiled a list of those interested in joining.

“What are we waiting for?” McMaster asked. “You agree the comprehensive plan is obviously pretty important.”

Supervisor Chairman Mike Spreng said the comprehensive plan may have a place in township procedure. But he disputed it was “pretty important.”

“That plan means nothing,” Spreng said. “It’s a proposal more than anything.”

McMaster, on the other hand, argued the comprehensive plan is a springboard for future township ordinances that affect how farmland is developed.

“I don’t see where anywhere in our township we’re preserving any farmland,” McMaster said.

Spreng asked how a comprehensive plan could stop developers from buying and converting farmland. McMaster said the plan wouldn’t stop development.

“You stop it with our ordinances,” McMaster said.

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