Midstate communities join forces to plan for the future

  • By Rachel McDevitt
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The Suburban Berks West Joint Comprehensive Plan for West Reading, Wyomissing, Sinking Spring, and Spring Township covers areas such as the preservation of natural resources. (Photo courtesy: Berks County Planning Commission)

(Harrisburg) — Four midstate municipalities are adopting a joint plan for future development.

County planners said as individual communities find themselves short on cash, a regional approach can be a smart move.

West Reading, Wyomissing, Sinking Spring and Spring Township share a geographic location in the suburbs west of Reading. They also share interests when it comes to zoning, historic preservation, and transportation.

Matthew McGough, an intergovernmental affairs planner with Berks County Planning Commission, said the new comprehensive plan will help coordinate projects from economic development to recreation.

“A trail project doesn’t necessarily stop at the border of the municipality. It tends to continue through multiple municipalities,” McGough said. 

McGough said Berks is one of the leading counties in the state when it comes to joint comprehensive plans, with 19 total.

The regional plans help the municipalities save money on services such as police or sewer.

They also makes the communities more competitive when applying for grants.

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