A shared Vision for East Allegheny July 1, 2007



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Introduction

North Versailles Township lies along the Route 30 corridor of Allegheny County extending from the Monongahela River to the County line and northward to Turtle Creek, bordering Monroeville. East McKeesport Borough is surrounded by the Township and three sides and lies at the intersection of Routes 30 and 148. Wall Borough lies near Turtle Creek on the northerly section of the Township off of Route 48, near Monroeville and also bordering East McKeesport and Wilmerding Boroughs. All three municipalities are part of the “Mon Valley” region and share key corridors. While each bears a unique history and existing character, regional planning of transportation, comparatively larger scale development and recognition of a common vision recognizing the preceding issues have lead to the preparation and adoption of this document as a multi-municipal plan.


The following document represents the first comprehensive plan implemented in any of the three communities. The Township and Boroughs, realizing a need to ensure guided redevelopment and the potential of new development as, in part, impacts of the anticipated construction of the Mon Fayette Expressway interchange, Allegheny County’s focus on economic development within the Mon Valley, and the unavoidable impacts of development in one community to another endeavored to create this plan for the following purposes:



  • Compatible review and updating of local land use ordinances.




  • Provision and adoption of compatible land development/subdivision ordinances for all three communities.




  • Compatible and complementary recreational initiatives and park development.




  • Compatible and complementary economic development initiatives, streetscape improvements, and permitted uses




  • A resource, supporting source, and financial guide for financing of purchases, construction, and projects.

A multi-municipal comprehensive plan as defined in Article III of the Municipalities Planning Code. Ultimately, a comprehensive plan is a document that guides the future of a planning area, in this instance the Township of North Versailles, and the Boroughs of East McKeesport and Wall. The plan provides goals, objectives, and strategies for the development and maintenance of community facilities, infrastructure, housing, and overall community character. These goals are based on a vision for the community developed initially through background studies of demographics, housing, economics, and community facilities. The municipal governing bodies, through workshops and interviews with key stakeholders, then evaluated this information in light of their local knowledge and understanding of their respective communities and the planning district as a whole. A shared vision and resulting recommendations were thus developed based upon background information evaluated through the lens of local input and insight. The resulting list of strategies is therefore grounded in findings of fact based on the approach stated.


The comprehensive plan for North Versailles, East McKeesport, and Wall is a multi-municipal plan. Therefore, while it considers each community, it conclusively evaluates the relationship of all three as one planning area, its shared visions and goals.
The Municipalities Planning Code defines a multi-municipal plan as “a plan developed and adopted by any number of contiguous municipalities, including a joint plan as authorized by this act.”
Each portion of the plan contains background information, public input, and findings of fact as they relate to each community. Finally, a joint statement relates and evaluates the findings within each community to the planning area (all three municipalities). The chapters then conclude with a compilation of goals, strategies, and objectives as they relate to each municipality and the planning area.
Comprehensive plans in general are required to address the following as outlined in Article III of the Municipalities Planning Code. Each chapter within this plan identifies the specific requirement that it aims to address.
Excerpt from Article III of the Municipalities Planning Code
“The municipal, multi-municipal or county comprehensive plan, consisting of maps, charts and textual matter, shall include, but need not be limited to, the following related basic elements:
(1) A statement of objectives of the municipality concerning its future development, including, but not limited to, the location, character and timing of future development, that may also serve as a statement of community development objectives as provided in section 606 (as a basis for the zoning ordinance).
(2) A plan for land use, which may include provisions for the amount, intensity, character and timing of land use proposed for residence, industry, business, agriculture, major traffic and transit facilities, utilities, community facilities, public grounds, parks and recreation, preservation of prime agricultural

lands, flood plains and other areas of special hazards and other similar uses.


(2.1) A plan to meet the housing needs of present residents and of those individuals and families anticipated to reside in the municipality, which may include conservation of presently sound housing, rehabilitation of housing in declining neighborhoods and the accommodation of expected new housing in different

dwelling types and at appropriate densities for households of all income levels.


(3) A plan for movement of people and goods, which may include expressways, highways, local street systems, parking facilities, pedestrian and bikeway systems, public transit routes, terminals, airfields, port facilities, railroad facilities and other similar facilities or uses.
(4) A plan for community facilities and utilities, which may include public and private education, recreation, municipal buildings, fire and police stations, libraries, hospitals, water supply and distribution, sewerage and waste treatment, solid waste management, storm drainage, and flood plain management, utility corridors and associated facilities, and other similar facilities or uses.
(4.1) A statement of the interrelationships among the various plan components, which may include an estimate of the environmental, energy conservation, fiscal, economic development and social consequences on the municipality.
(4.2) A discussion of short- and long-range plan implementation strategies, which may include implications for capital improvements programming, new or updated development regulations, and identification of public funds potentially available.
(5) A statement indicating that the existing and proposed development of the municipality is compatible with the existing and proposed development and plans in contiguous portions of neighboring municipalities, or a statement indicating measures which have been taken to provide buffers or other transitional devices between disparate uses, and a statement indicating that the existing and proposed development of the municipality is generally consistent with the objectives and plans of the county comprehensive plan.
(6) A plan for the protection of natural and historic resources to the extent not preempted by federal or state law…”
This section also requires a plan “for the reliable supply of water…”

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