Southern Venango County Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan
As the Southern Venango County Comprehensive Plan project nears a close, the
final steps in the process have been scheduled. The final draft of the documents were
distributed as required by Pennsylvania law to the surrounding municipalities and
counties for review and comment. Copies have been available for public review in
the VCRPC, municipal offices and local libraries. A public informational meeting was
held at the Clintonville Fire Hall on July 17, 2007 with over 60 people in attendance.
Many questions were answered that evening while others have contacted the office
with comments or questions. Overall, the plan has received agreement and much
Action items that are top priorities for the participating communities are:
Extension of water and sewer infrastructure to growth areas
Road improvement and maintenance
Repair and replacement of bridges
Attract industry and businesses to the area
Expand recreation and tourism opportunities and businesses
Regional action items included:
Explore County-level land use regulation at interchanges
Explore sharing municipal services among the communities
Coordinate planning with surrounding counties/municipalities
Preserve outdoors activities such as hunting and fishing
Promoting alternative fuels to cut down on transportation costs
Oversight of coal stripping
Oversight of ATVs in undesignated areas
The plan will also include many maps, charts and pictures that are being produced
The final steps in this process are to hold one official public hearing which is
scheduled for September 5, 2007. Final comments will be received at that time.
If no major changes are requested at that meeting, the municipalities will consider
adopting the plan by resolution at their next regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
The next step will be implementing the goals and objectives described in the plan.
Inquiries have already been made by developers and other organizations as to how
they can fit their plans into the comp plan objectives. As changes and development
happen, the plan will guide the way.
Natural Heritage Inventory
Venango County’s biodiversity inventory is wrapping up its first field season of
a two-year project. Aerial photo interpretation has been conducted and private
property owners were contacted by mail and phone to gain permission to conduct
site surveys. A low-altitude fly over of the county was conducted and field surveys
are underway. This project is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2009.
A list of Plant and animal species of interest can be found on the County website
(www.co.venango.pa.us/planning). You are also welcome to visit the VCRPC
offices to view the list and pictures of the species.
Several transportation planning documents are currently under review and available for public comment.
• Northwest PA Long Range Transportation Plan – This plan is aimed at maintaining an efficient transportation
system and providing a direction for the region’s future over a 25 year time frame. The plan includes near
term projects and mid to long range strategies to advance steady progress toward long range goals for the
region’s transportation system. Elements of the plan include a system profile, visioning (goals and policies)
and the transportation plan which is a prioritized list of projects to be funded and programmed through local,
state, and federal agencies.
• Northwest Pennsylvania Region Operations Plan – This plan was developed for PennDOT to address the
transportation operation needs of the communities in NW Pennsylvania. The plan is used to enhance the
operational efficiencies, improve public safety and security, and reduce traveler delay. Two of the short term
projects recommended are traffic signal projects in the downtowns of Oil City and Franklin. The projects
recommended are to be adopted by the planning partners of the NW PA region and considered for the 2009-
2001 transportation improvement program (TIP).
The State Transportation Commission will hold their hearing locally on August 30, 2007 in Hermitage.
We anticipate that the County will submit both written and oral testimony regarding our local transportation
Affordable Housing Trust Fund
The County Commissioners have budgeted $75,000 from recording fees in order to fund 1st time home
buyers in Venango County. Six applications have been approved to date. For more information or to get an
application, please visit the County’s web site or call the Planning Dept.
Northwest Pennsylvania Greenways Plan
Venango County, in cooperation with 7 other counties in NW PA is in the process of developing a regional
greenways plan. Draft planning work and mapping documents will be presented for public input at the
Clarion University Venango Campus, Rhoades Auditorium at 6:30 p.m on September 4, 2007. The public
input sessions will discuss what greenways are, what the benefits of greenways are, how do we develop a
greenway plan, what have we learned, and what are the next steps. Planning materials and meeting notes
can be viewed on the consultant’s website www.pashekla.com – go to their client workspace and enter the
user name “nw” and password “greenways”.
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As a Geographical Information Systems
(GIS) intern at Venango County Regional Planning
Commission, Sarah has just completed working
on the mapping for the Southern Venango County
Comprehensive Plan. For this project, existing data for
the Southern part of the County was updated with new
data into the County’s database. Having County data
mapped allows the Planning Commission to convey
important information and ideas in an easy to read
and understandable format. Sarah’s current project
is mapping a sample layout for landscaping of the
Cranberry Walmart area.
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle Recycling
Venango County, with the services of R.W. Beck, has just completed a
technical assistance study to assess the feasibility of curbside pick up in Venango
County Boroughs. The draft is currently being reviewed and a report will be sent
to participating Borough’s this fall.
An electronics collection was held June 30, 2007. A total of 5,822 pounds
of electronic waste was collected from 77 individuals. The majority of items
collected were televisions and computer monitors. Venango County will be
planning to hold this event and a Household Hazardous Waste event next year.
Stormwater Management Plan
The Department of Environmental Protection has approved
the County’s Phase I Storm Water Management Plan. The
Phase I plan developed the Scope of Work and Cost to
complete the larger Phase II Planning effort which will develop
specific issues and solutions.
Phase II has a proposed budget of $200,000 requiring
a 25% match. The 4 year study will be matched by in kind
staff participation through data collection, base mapping and
The County will begin development of the 2008 CDBG program in
early October. Projects to be completed this construction season are:
• Rouseville Sewer System Improvements
• Emlenton Sewer System Improvements
• Pleasantville Water Meter Installation
We will be monitored by our DCED program analyst from Harrisburg
on September 14 and 15. He will review program years 2003, 2004
and 2005 for Statutory Determination, Financial Management and Labor
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Calendar of Events
September 7, 2007 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Board Members: Municipal Technology Assistance Program
Susan Hileman, Chair Business Innovation Center
Warren Thomas, Vice-Chair 679 Colbert Avenue
Marc Rickard, Secretary/Treasurer Oil City, PA 16301
Terry Ray Contact Valerie Hearn at 814-677-4800 Ext. 124
Mary Ann Caton
Debbra Kapp September 12, 2007 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Technical Trainings
Northwest PA Regional Planning & Dev.
395 Seneca Street
Oil City, PA 16301
Call 1-866-511-LUCA (5822)
September 13, 2007
PaSDC Annual Data User Conference “Building Pennsylvania
Communities: Using Data To Plan the Future”
VCRPC Staff: Visit the conference website at http://pasdc.hbg.psu.edu.
Judith Downs, Executive Director
email@example.com September 18, 2007 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Municipal Technology Assistance Program
Ben Breniman, Municipal Services Planner Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI)
764 Bessemer Street, Suite 105
Debra Frawley, Planner II Meadville, PA 16335
firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Valerie Hearn at 814-677-4800 Ext. 124
Lynn Lawrence, Planner I
email@example.com October 9, 2007 - 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Jefferson County – “What’s the Big Deal About Zoning?”
Sarah Mellring, GIS Intern Gold Eagle Inn
firstname.lastname@example.org 250 West Main Street
Will Thomas, Planning Intern
Brookville, PA 15825
email@example.com Contact: 814-849-7344
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Venango County Regional Planning Commission
1168 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 831
Franklin, PA 16323
(814) 432-9689 Phone
(814) 432-5885 Fax