An ambitious agenda brought local officials and state representatives from near and far to Lower Providence Township Building.
They heeded the call of state Rep. Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, who hosted what was referred to as a community policy hearing on Revitalizing the Ridge Pike-Main Street Corridor.
Webster, who was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla of Lancaster, as well as many state representatives and experts in development, said his goal with what he said was, in essence, a meeting of the Democratic Policy Committee, was to bring the community together to discuss any and all issues related to prospective development along Ridge Pike, embracing four municipalities.
“My vision was to get the ground truth of where we are and how we’re thinking about the future,” Webster said. “The municipalities themselves — West Norriton, Lower Providence, Collegeville and Upper Providence — are developing projects and that’s playing out in different ways, from east to west, across the district. There are big issues in terms of autonomous vehicles and really futuristic kinds of things that we probably don’t have our hands on. I was just looking to get an idea of where we are today, what the future might be, and my role as a state representative what should I be doing in Harrisburg to help these municipalities make it so. The truth of the matter is there are 22 traffics and the zoning rules change every 4.5 red lights So how do you develop an economic vision for that group?”
A fifth municipality marginally affected by the Ridge Pike-Main Street Corridor, Skippack, was also included in the discussion.
At the end of the 2½-hour meeting on July 24, Webster admitted he was “pretty excited. I think everybody came with some ideas and I think there is networking happening as a result of this hearing and that’s always a good thing. Things that may have not been happening until we put everybody in the same room.”
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