Moon officials and residents last night began the yearlong process of creating a blueprint for the township's residential and commercial development over the next 10 years.
The township convened its comprehensive plan committee last night for its first meeting of the year. The 20-member group will meet throughout the year to submit recommendations for Moon's growth.
Members of the committee include township officials, residents and representatives from organizations that include and the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
The state-mandated comprehensive plan process occurs every decade. Township Manager Jeanne Creese said many of the objectives created for Moon in its 2000 plan largely have been reached. The final plan will be completed in about a year.
"In Moon, a lot of those objectives [created in the 2000 comprehensive plan] have been hit," Creese said. "We know a yearlong study like this is difficult, but we really hope [committee members] stick with us for it."
The comprehensive plan serves as a nonbinding, comprehensive set of guidelines and goals for future growth in the township. Committee members yesterday suggested that the plan include an emphasis on economic growth in Moon, including attracting more restaurants and retail businesses.
"If you look at it, Beaver Grade Road is really a secondary road," said committee member Allan Wampler, president of Greenock, PA-based Synergy Real Estate. "It needs widened, it needs infrastructure, but there is a stability here. There is continuity, reasonableness. I think you are hitting this [comprehensive plan] at just the right time."
D. Jeffry Pierce, director of community planning at Butler-based Olsen & Associates, which Moon has contracted to put together the plan, said the ultimate goal of the project is to oversee growth in the township and address residents' concerns.
"If you plan this well, you can really improve the quality of life in the township," Pierce said.