In depth study of North Huntingdon OK plan

Residents of North Huntingdon can give their opinion on a future development project in the township, as a company will begin to survey the municipality and come up with an overall plan.

Township commissioners awarded Environmental Planning & Design of Pittsburgh a $59,710 contract to develop the plan, incorporating changes in demographics, land use, public safety, housing, economy and quality of life since the adoption of the current plan in 2000.

The town planning department and the township commissioners will work in collaboration with the firm.

The commissioners also decided to create an advisory committee on the comprehensive plan, and the township is accepting applications from residents who wish to serve. The number of committee members has not yet been determined, said township manager Harry Faulk.

The proposal includes three neighborhood workshops, an open house and a public meeting.

While the township will apply to the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Municipal Assistance Program for a grant covering 50% of the cost of the plan, Commissioner Eric Gass said there was no guarantee the municipality would get the grant. and that he did not want North Huntingdon to pay the full expenses.

“I don’t think we need an outside agency to tell us what we need,” Gass said.

Faulk previously told commissioners the full plan was needed so North Huntingdon could apply for certain types of grants in the future. The state would not provide any reimbursement for the overall plan without the municipality having a company to do the work.

Commissioner Lyndsay Wengzryn questioned the cost of the study.

Only three companies submitted proposals, Faulk said. Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. of Cranberry submitted a bid for $73,600 and Dinocrates Group LLC of Rockville, Md., estimated a cost of $91,740.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe by email at jnapsha@triblive.com or via Twitter .