Regional Planning & Comprehensive Plan
West Vincent is a member of the Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee (PRPC) which is a group of five neighboring municipalities that coordinate efforts to advance regional common interests. Since Pennsylvania law requires the zoning in each municipality to allow for every type of land use, a major benefit of West Vincent’s membership in the PRPC allows this requirement to be satisfied across the region. Hence, industrial and high-density residential uses are directed designated growth areas (e.g. Phoenixville), and less dense residential and agricultural uses are accommodated by townships like West Vincent.
As part of its mission, the PRPC develops a regional comprehensive plan. The plan includes a vision for the future and provides guidance for future development, zoning changes, road and infrastructure improvements, parks, trails etc., and must be reviewed/updated every ten years. Since Pennsylvania law also requires each municipality to develop a comprehensive plan, a significant benefit of our PRPC membership is that we can adopt the regional plan as our township plan, thus saving planning and legal fees.
I serve as West Vincent's Representative to the PRPC. Over the past year, we have been working on our once-a-decade plan update, and in April, we reached the important milestone of officially endorsing the new plan and submitting it to the county and neighboring municipalities for review.
I was delighted to sign the endorsement letter on behalf of West Vincent Township. You can read a copy of the plan at the PRPC web site
The plan review has been completed and West Vincent adopted the plan on September 16, 2019. It is expected to be adopted by all the member municipalities by the end of 2019.