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:
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.
Questions regarding the development of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan can be directed to Mike Bloom, Assistant Township Manager at email@example.com 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.
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.