Silver Spring Township Comprehensive Plan
Comprehensive Plan Update
June 7 marks our third public meeting held to obtain input from our residents and business owners on the Comprehensive Plan update, and we continue to request your input. Click here for presentation that illustrates several aerial views of the township in various locations, (Photos were taken by the consultant using a drone in accordance with all FAA regulations and laws.) and also the 13 Essentials to be incorporated into the Comprehensive plan. The Essentials serve as guidelines for directing future growth and development, land preservation, community services, infrastructure, resource protection, energy conservation, and cooperative planning in the Township and provide a framework for recommended plan strategies.
In the past 20 years, growth pressure, traffic increases, greater demand for public services, and increased pressure on sensitive resources have made changes to the Township’s traditional rural landscape. These changes are of clear concern to the Township whose overarching goal is to retain its traditional rural character and quality of life for its residents while still addressing and responding to inevitable change. The Township recognizes a balance is needed between meeting changing demands and the ability of the land to sustain development and new uses. Through the revision to the Comprehensive Plan, the Township seeks to establish principles on which planning decisions are based on environmentally sound and sustainable principles, infrastructure capabilities, and the need to meet legal requirements.
Please take the time to contribute your thoughts by contacting Jim Bennett, Land Planning Manager at email@example.com. Once the final dates are set for public participation and public hearings, those will be advertised and published on the web site. Please keep an eye out for that information and participate in the process!
The revision to our 1995 Comprehensive plan was begun in 2014, and since then various surveys and public meetings have been held to obtain input from community members. This provided the background needed for an update to the plan. At this point, we want to hear from you about the future: What kind of community would you like to see Silver Spring Township become?
You may ask, “Why bother with visions of the future when it seems like we should solve today's problems instead? ”Both problem solving and visioning are important; but in order to work towards a goal, it is important that we identify the vision first, and solve problems once that vision is established."
Visioning generates a common goal, hope, and encouragement; offers a possibility for fundamental change; gives people a sense of control; gives a group something to move toward; and generates creative thinking and passion.
In the following survey, we are asking you to identify what our community would be like if you had the power to make it any way you wanted. We want to collect as many ideas as possible--nothing is too small, too big, or too outlandish for consideration.
Please take the survey, which should take about 10 minutes. There is plenty of opportunity to write in answers to the questions if you don’t like the choices provided.
Having a vision is the first step. An old proverb says,
A vision without a plan is just a dream.
A plan without a vision is just drudgery.
But a vision with a plan can change the world.