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HBT Comprehensive Plan – Community Meeting 2020.02.17

HBT Comprehensive Plan – Community Meeting 2020.02.17 Harrison Township resident Michelle Goetzinger created this fantastic video about the upcoming community meeting for the HBT Comp Plan. Check out the February 17, 2020 community meeting page for more information. We hope you’re able to attend! 

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Comprehensive Plan Update – January 2020

Harrison, Brackenridge and Tarentum ask residents to help propel progress on four ‘Key Issues’ the communities face January 27, 2020 Harrison, Brackenridge and Tarentum invite residents to attend a community meeting for collecting problem-solving ideas regarding four “Key Issues” in the communities’ 10-year comprehensive plan. The meeting will be Monday,

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About The Plan

Harrison • Brackenridge • Tarentum | Joint Comprehensive Plan

Let's work together to build a road map for our future.

A comprehensive plan is a road map for determining where a community wants to go, and how to get there. Our comprehensive plan will be an implementable plan that is driven by community input, and focuses on realistic, feasible solutions to issues that the community identifies.

The plan will help guide the growth and development of our joint communities, and the priorities identified in the plan will influence where new businesses, homes and amenities are built in our area.

Over the course of the next year, municipal staff, industry experts, and concerned citizens will work diligently to draft a joint plan on behalf of the people of our community —a task that will command an exceptional commitment from all involved. The result will be the Borough of Tarentum’s first major comprehensive plan update since 2009.






Key Issues

Public Engagement

STEERING COMMITTEE. Our joint steering committee has met five times starting on February 12, 2019 with the most recent meeting on October 8, 2019. Our committee reviewed all of the public input and helped generate the Key Issues.

PUBLIC MEETING. We conducted our first public meeting on June 3, 2019 at the Salvation Army gym. We had about 80 people attend who generated 140 ideas on things that could be improved and 50 things they thought were positive things in the communities.

QUESTIONNAIRE. We received about 500 responses to the digital questionnaire. The top 4 areas of concern were (1) Drug issues/Crime, (2) Dilapidated Buildings, (3) Emergency Services, (4) Streets and Roads

KEY PERSON INTERVIEWS. Based on contacts provided to us by the steering committee we interviewed 21 people from the area. People included: developers, bank managers, non-profit directors, members of the faith community, business owners and municipal staff.

OTHER PUBLIC INPUT. We met with state senator Lindsay Williams on September 12, 2019, to discuss this planning process and to seek her help in identifying opportunities for public funding. Several of our steering committee members conducted “pop up” events and interviewed people at the YMCA and the Library for this plan.

All three municipalities recognize the importance of addressing blight and property deterioration. The communities have had some success in addressing blight on a case-by-case basis through code enforcement, legal action, property acquisition, remediation, demolition and/or redevelopment.

Looking ahead we believe that property deterioration can best be addressed through a coordinated effort among the communities. Click here to learn more about the problems blight creates and the efforts to address this item.

Read More About Key Issue #1 Here

As employment patterns changed and population declined in our communities since the 1970s, disinvestment has created economic stress in the communities’ commercial areas. Commercial property vacancies has increased throughout all three towns.

Other external factors and the global transition to online retail have created additional pressure. Looking ahead we feel that social enterprise and community & economic development goals can best be met through a coordinated effort among the communities, in collaboration with existing businesses and non-profit organizations. Read more about the efforts to create new development opportunities in our communities.

Read More About Key Issue #2 Here

The three Allegheny River Valley communities share several important assets and characteristics such as riverfront access, parks, sidewalk connectivity, and trail planning. All of these are valuable and important to the communities and create a basis for additional opportunities that could have even greater impact.
This section of the comprehensive plan represents both “strengths to build on” and “problems to solve.”

Looking ahead we feel that the communities can benefit from increased community connectivity and the assets of riverfront views, river access, parkland and recreation. Learn more about our next steps for trail, park and riverfront development.

Read More About Key Issue #3 Here

In the late 20th century, as populations shrank and disinvestment occurred, our small downtown’s faltered and some properties deteriorated. Communities became more diverse and less centered on steel mill and manufacturing employment. “We’re not an old mill town anymore,” one local elected official stated, “but what are we?”

Now, in the third decade of the 21st Century, the three communities do not have a commonly understood description of how they see themselves today and in the future. Looking ahead we feel that creating a joint “identity” or “brand” will help build upon the strength and assets of our communities.

Read More About Key Issue #4 Here

Events and Meetings

Current and Prior Events

Steering Committee


7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Municipal Building

Harrison Township, PA 


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Salvation Army

Brackenridge, PA 

Meeting Page

STeering Committee


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Municipal Building

Brackenridge, PA 

STeering Committee


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Municipal Building

Tarentum, PA 

Steering Committee


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Municipal Building

Brackenridge, PA 



6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Local Business

Brackenridge, PA 

STeering Committee


6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Municipal Building

Brackenridge, PA 

Community Meeting


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Salvation Army

Brackenridge, PA 

Meeting Page

Meeting Information and Documents

Steering Committee Members

Joint Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Members

Robin Bergstrom

Harrison Commissioner

Natalie Cale

Highlands Teacher

Lauren Cottone

Harrison Resident

Lou Ann Homa

Tarentum Council

Brad James

Eureka Fire & Rescue

Tim Kuhns

UAJSA Manager

Dino Loprieato

Brackenridge Council

Michael Nestico

Tarentum Manager

Cody Nolen

Harrison Resident

Geno Rutowski

Harrison Business Owner

Denise Sines

Brackenridge Improvement Group

Scott Slezak

Harrison Planning Commission

John Stanzione

Brackenridge Council

Todd Stanzione

Harrison Rec Board

John Walters

Tarentum Business Owner

PatRICIA Walters

Harrison Rec Board

Professional Consultants

The consulting team from Pashek + MTR will assist with development of the comprehensive plan.

pashekmtr.com | 619 East Ohio Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15212 | 412-321-6362 | info@pashekmtr.com

Jim Pashek founded his practice on the cornerstones of quality, process, and creativity, with the goal of advocating for the environment, our history, and the people we serve through our projects. Jim has been an innovator in developing community-focused planning techniques, notably the Implementable Comprehensive Plan process.

Jim Pashek

Elaine’s work with Pashek + MTR includes park and landscape master planning, comprehensive planning and urban design. Elaine facilitates conversations with clients and community members that draw out important insights and information. Her thoughtful approach and warm and positive attitude makes her a valuable member of our team and a resource for our clients.

Elaine Kramer

Lucy is an MLA student at Penn State University. She is interning at Pashek + MTR this summer. Her undergraduate program and past work experiences have centered on plant ecology research. She enjoys working on design projects that involve ecological restoration, pedestrian and bike infrastructure planning, and planting design. 

Lucy Rummler

Get In Touch

Contact the steering committee below.

318 E 2nd • Tarentum • 15084



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