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Jan 15

Montco 2040 Themes - Connected Communities

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 5:01 PM by Rita McKelvey

People at a farm market Bicyclists enjoying a county trail

Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, the county’s new comprehensive plan, is based around three major themes. The first of these is Connected Communities. People want to be connected and part of a broader community. A key role for the county is to help these connections occur beyond local municipal boundaries. How will the county do this? Montco 2040 promotes many different ways to connect:

  • Collaboration Among Stakeholders. With 62 municipalities, 22 active school districts, countless elected officials, and a vibrant 5-county region, it’s important to have some local cooperation.  And it’s just as important that people’s voices are heard.  
  • Improved Transportation Choices. Cars are not the only way to get from place to place, though it may seem that way sometimes. Expanding the county’s capacity for bicycling, pedestrians, and transit ridership has the potential to ease traffic congestion and also improve our quality of life.
  • Trails and Greenways that Connect Multiple Places. Trails meet both our need for transportation and recreation while positively impacting our personal health and the local economy. The greenways which the trails run through provide wildlife habitat and link our natural areas together. Expanding the county’s trail system and preserving greenways will be an important priority to continue this trend.
  • Vibrant Downtowns and Destinations. Everybody needs places for learning and growth. That’s why the strength of our downtowns, arts and culture venues, libraries, and other gathering places is crucial for a strong county. The county will continue to support ongoing revitalization efforts and encourage ongoing efforts to make arts and culture more easily accessible.
You can further explore this theme on page 4 of the plan. Click here to check out the entire plan, an executive summary, and Montgomery County Today, the plan’s background document. 

Blog Author: Anne Leavitt-Gruberger, Principal Planner, 610-278-3727 


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