Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan

Second Public Input Period - Open Monday, August 15, 2022

Since 2020, College Township has been developing Walkable College Township – A Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan. This plan aims to build upon the foundation laid by the Township’s 2018 Sidewalk Master Plan, along with the Centre Region Bike Plan, to identify and prioritize projects that fill connectivity gaps in the Township’s sidewalk and multi-use path network.

Beginning on Monday, August 15, 2022, College Township will open a 60-day public input period on the Draft Walkable College Township – A Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan. This comment period, which runs through Thursday, October 13, 2022, will be seeking public input on the draft plan recommendations and proposed revisions to the existing Township Code needed for plan implementation. A formal public open house on the plan is slated for mid-September, with the official date to be announced soon. 

Last year, College Township held the first public input period for this plan to help identify the highest priority pedestrian facility needs for the future. The robust input received during that initial comment input period was utilized to help craft the draft plan that will be open for public review.  

To aid in this solicitation of input, the Township has developed web hub that includes an executive summary of all plan sections, the relevant mapping and, most importantly, a survey to gather public comments. Click the image below to access the web hub: 

Walkable College Township - web hub
For those more comfortable reviewing a hard copy of the plan, the Township will have a copy of the plan and survey available at the College Township Municipal Building at 1481 East College Avenue in State College. This hard copy station will be available on weekdays from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm during the public input period.  

The tentative schedule leading to plan adoption is as follows: 

  • August 15th – October 13th  - 60-day comment period on draft plan, including draft ordinance revisions.
  • August 18th – Staff presents draft ordinance revisions to Council.
  • September 1st - Draft ordinance revisions presented to Centre Region Planning Commission.
  • September 13th or 14th (Date yet to be finalized) - Public Open House.
  • October 20th - Public Hearing on draft plan and ordinance revision at Council meeting.

Questions regarding the development of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan can be directed to Mike Bloom, Assistant Township Manager at mbloom@collegetownship.org or 814-272-1093.


Initial Public Input Period Results

The first 60-day Public Input Period for the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan concluded on September 30, 2021. After review of the raw data, College Township is pleased to report that the input period garnered 313 individual comments with 280 of those comments related to facilities or concerns within the boundaries of College Township.

The following are links to two spreadsheets that document those comments on facilities or concerns within College Township:

Comments received for facilities or issues outside of College Township will be forwarded to those respective municipalities and the Centre Regional Planning Agency.

Public Accessible Online Mapping Application

Additionally, staff has compiled the results into a public accessible online mapping application.

Summary

In summary, the results from this public input period remain consistent with the comments received during the previous input period for the 2018 Sidewalk Master Plan. Significant interest remains for development and/or improvement of facilities within the following corridors:

  • Branch Road
  • College Avenue
  • Elmwood Street
  • Houserville Road
  • Pike Street
  • Puddintown Road

The public input received will be used to inform the Implementation section of the forthcoming Draft Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan. It is envisioned that the Implementation section will include a project listing that is both categorized and prioritized for potential inclusion in future iterations of College Township's 5-year Capital Improvement Program and Budget. The highest priority improvements are also expected to be included in an update to the College Township Official Map.