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City will ponder goals of new plan



Published: Sat, July 30, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



One goal of the plan is to make the city a more attractive place to live.

By VIRIGINIA ROSS

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- For the first time in more than 40 years, the city is reviewing a new comprehensive plan.

A draft of the plan, which was introduced to the comprehensive plan steering committee earlier this month, will be available for public review at city hall within the next few weeks.

Copies are to be mailed to city officials and surrounding communities Monday. Council President Christine Sands also has suggested putting a copy of the plan at the New Castle Library for the public's convenience.

Initial draft

E.J. Schwartz of the Pittsburgh-based firm Environmental Planning and Design presented the initial draft of the plan to the steering committee and provided an overview of the city's challenges as well as its assets.

He said the city's desire to create more jobs and to make the community a more attractive place to live are two goals included in the plan.

He said the plan also looks at establishing the city as a regional center by strengthening it, improving its fiscal performance and continuing its revitalization efforts.

The plan also addresses ways to obtain funding for various projects and suggestions for several zoning change.

The city planning commission will decide whether to recommend the plan to city council at the beginning of October.

A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for Oct. 25, and council is looking to vote on the document Oct. 27.

The city last considered a comprehensive plan in the 1960s.




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