The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 5, 2013

Portage to air 10-year plan

Justin Dennis

PORTAGE — Portage Borough Council is looking to make some major improvements in the community. And members have a plan – a 10-year comprehensive plan, co-drafted by the Portage Area Regional Planning Commission and The EADS Group of Johnstown.

But they’ll need the community’s support.

Council members will be hosting a combined meeting for Portage Borough, Portage Township, Portage Area School District and Cassandra Borough taxpayers to look at an overview of the plan and discuss community concerns. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 11 at the Portage Area Elementary School auditorium.

Borough Manager Robert Koban said he expects the council will refer to the plan religiously over the next several years, using it as the foundation for many future decisions. He said he feels it’s important that they start generating public feedback now.

“(This meeting) will be the final time for (community input),” he said. “So we really encourage the public to get out, making sure they’re at this meeting and reviewing the plan prior.”

A draft version of the plan is available for download on the borough’s website or at the links below.

A few of the main focal points in the borough’s 10-year plan:

“The biggest issue that we’ll face – not only the borough but the township, the other municipalities and the school district – is, if this is what the people want, we need to look at this,” said Koban. “And, whether we like it or not, this is what the people want.”

Click here to download the PAPRC's Ten-Year Comprehensive Plan

Click here to download the PAPRC's Trail Feasibilty Study

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