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Residents Sound Off on Moon's Development in Comprehensive Plan Survey

Township officials hope to gather input from residents on Moon's future growth.

Lynn Kirkpatrick, owner of the  boutique on Thorn Run Road, said she worries potential customers may too readily travel to Robinson Township.

She said Moon’s scattershot business district and lack of a town square drives shoppers away from the township. Instead, she said, they spend their money in nearby communities, where they find a larger selection of corporate retail stores and eateries. 

“We’re pushing people to shop outside of the Moon area,” said Kirkpatrick, who has owned the for 22 years. “If that continues, [Moon small businesses] will be gone eventually.”

Kirkpatrick on Nov. 8 received Moon Township’s survey in the mail. Opinions gathered from that survey, administered by the township’s comprehensive plan committee, will help shape Moon’s residential and commercial development over the next decade.

It’s an opportunity for residents and business owners to sound off about Moon’s future growth, township manager Jeanne Creese said.

“It’s one of the requirements for the comprehensive plan process,” Creese said. “[The survey] gives us a chance to get input from residents and business owners in the community.”

Every ten years, the township convenes a comprehensive plan committee comprised of business owners, municipal employees and residents to create what becomes a blueprint for township leaders over the next decade. Each meeting is open to the public.

Creese said representatives from the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, , Allegheny County Airport Authority and the are among the members of the committee. Click here to view a full list of committee members. 

The yearlong, state-mandated process began in April. 

“[The comprehensive plan] is a policy,” said Moon spokeswoman Meghan McNamara. “It’s not legally enforceable. But in Moon Township the comprehensive has been something that [the Board of Supervisors] has always looked at. In Moon, historically it’s not a shelf document.”

The survey polls residents on issues ranging from their most common neighborhood concerns and housing needs to whether Moon should acquire more land for recreational use. 

Kirkpatrick said she hopes Moon officials work to develop a more centralized “town square” to serve as a gathering place for local residents and business owners. 

“Our kids need someplace to go,” Kirkpatrick said. “They go to Robinson and hang out at the mall.

“There needs to be more promotion of the smaller Mom and Pop businesses here,” she said.

Creese said the surveys, which were mailed last week, tend to have a low response rate amongst residents.

“We have been surprised at how many we’ve gotten back,” Creese said. “Typically the response rate with these can be as low as 5 to 15 percent. We’re hoping to get to 20 percent returned to us.”

Terry Chesky, owner of , said she too believes Moon Clinton Road would be an ideal place for a centralized town square.

“We don’t need any more big box stories,” Chesky said. “We need people to see the uniqueness of Moon.”

Click here to take the survey online. The Moon comprehensive plan committee meets monthly in  

contributed to this story.

Poetic_Dutchess November 17, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Sorry but The Village Shoppe is for people that are rich. I've been in that Shoppe and sorry 50.00 to 100.00 for a shirt is outrageous. I find nicer clothes at Kohl's sometimes for under 5.00 and 10.00 and Kmart's clothes are also nice and cheap.
Poetic_Dutchess November 17, 2011 at 02:23 PM
As for shops on Moon Clinton I would not recommend it this road is not safe to be walking on it scares me watching children walk along this road you have ex felons, drugs, sex offenders as well along this road also a lot of drunk drivers and speeders
clearfield November 17, 2011 at 03:34 PM
What good is a comprehensive plan if the township officials fail to put teeth into the ordinances, like they failed to do with the last comp. plan, which allowed Walmart to buy a piece of land greatly suitable for a town center. Had they had teeth in ordinances that eye sore property could have been designed with a mixed use plan. Students from RMU could have utilized it with ease. Small businesses could have entered, along with independent offices, and the community would have enjoyed it. Diversity would have existed. BUT NO!!! The failed band of supervisors, at the time, spent lots of money and time on the original comp plan, which became a useless document. If you look at the center concept--Waterfront, Settler's Ridge, Sewickley Dntn, people prefer to walk around instead of driving all over the place. For the most part, a town center concept in Moon has evaporated. A majority of supervisors elected into office have had a limited vision of the community. The land next to the Brodhead Rd. car wash would be the only option for a small town center.
Susan Andrick November 17, 2011 at 11:49 PM
It's not safe to walk anywhere in Moon Twp. without sidewalks. Any really nice community I've been to has sidewalks.
clearfield November 18, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Susan, sidewalks have been an issue for nearly the 20 years I have lived here. The supervisors continue to give up sidewalks when deciding to approve or disapprove a preliminary and final development plan. Many supervisors allowed the developer to give up putting in sidewalks in exchange for doing something else. We have to realize that Moon is more like Monroeville than a nice, and cozy pedestrian community. When a community allows hotels, motor lodges and restaurants to be built without the developer agreeing to putting in sidewalks, then you have to realize that it will likely never happen in the future. The truth be told is that our previous managers, along with past supervisors never really cared about sidewalks throughout the main corridors of our commercial district. They preferred that our visiting business professionals staying in Moon while doing business walk on curbside grass or in the road instead of sidewalks. This showed the shortsightedness of past mediocre professionals making decisions for the township pretending to be more.

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