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PA DCED Secretary Yablonsky Announces Funding for Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan.

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Yablonsky today announced that the Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan has received $100,000 under the Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program (LUPTAP).

The program provides grant funds for the preparation of comprehensive community plans and the ordinances to implement those plans. It promotes cooperation between municipalities in making sound land-use decisions that adhere to the Governor's Executive Order on Land Use. These plans can be used to shape commercial, industrial or residential development while avoiding growth-related problems and breathing new life into aging communities.

"Inter-municipality cooperation on projects is very important to the development of both community and economic development," Secretary Yablonsky said. "By developing a comprehensive plan, Westmoreland County will be better prepared to handle projects ranging from community revitalization to environmental protection."

The $100,000 grant is for the third and final phase of preparing Westmoreland County's Comprehensive Plan. Elements to be completed in this phase include preparation and implementation of the economic development plan, the transportation and circulation plan, the community utilities, facilities and solid waste plan, the sanitary sewer and water plan, the land use plan, the park and opens space plan and the housing plan.

The Comprehensive plan is being developed to comply with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning code. The project has an estimated length of three years and will involve 65 municipalities in the county.

"This is Westmoreland's first-ever comprehensive plan," said John Surmacz, Deputy Director for the Department of Planning and Development for Westmoreland County. "We hope that it provides a vision and direction for its leaders, and in turn a better quality of life for its residents."

For more information on the Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program, please visit the Department of Community and Economic Web site at http://www.inventpa.com/.

CONTACT: Gregory Morgan, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, +1-717-783-1132.

CONTACT: Gregory Morgan, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, +1-717-783-1132

Web site: http://www.inventpa.com/ http://www.state.pa.us/
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