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Comprehensive Plan for Greene County
Department of Economic Development for Greene County


Robbie Matesic, Executive Director of Economic Development

49 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5300 / Fax: 724-852-2944
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

The Greene County Comprehensive Plan is entitled Strategy for a Greene Tomorrow to reflect the desire to maintain the County’s green and rural landscape, while planning for sustainable economic development and meeting new infrastructure and growth demands. The Vision Statement and County Development Objectives prepared for this plan, mirror this concept.


About our Comprehensive Plan: (Adopted August 14, 2008)
Prepared by the Greene County Planning Commission for the Greene County Commissioners The plan was funded in part by a Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program (LUPTAP) through the Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development (DCED) and additional grant funding was received through the generosity of the Greene County Community Foundation and the Benedum Foundation.

The Greene County Comprehensive Plan is entitled Strategy for a Greene Tomorrow to reflect the desire to maintain the County’s green and rural landscape, while planning for sustainable economic development and meeting new infrastructure and growth demands. The Vision Statement and County Development Objectives prepared for this plan, mirror this concept.

A Strategy for a Greene Tomorrow includes a community vision and roadmap for the next 20 years. Strategic investments made now will create an environment where families will want to live, companies will want to do business, and people will come to play. To achieve the vision for the future, the Greene County Comprehensive Plan identifies what investments must be made and where. The intent of the Greene County Vision Statement and corresponding Implementation Guide is to lay out a path to sustainability, protect the unique quality of life and natural environment, and position Greene County to remain regionally strong and competitive in the global economy.

If you have any questions or comments, contact Jeremy Kelly, County Planner, Department of Economic Development, at 724-852-5300 or at jkelly.

County Vision Statement — 2020:
"Greene County has expanded its economy through the development of the energy and extractive industries; diversified workforce; targeted expansion of infrastructure; and the provision of basic community services. Residents can choose from numerous housing options including, family homesteads, quaint village developments, or urban-style living. Working in collaboration across municipal and county lines, Greene County’s leaders have increased its technological capabilities and tourism that celebrates its mining and agriculture heritage and rural landscape.

With the interstate and highway system as its foundation, Greene County has a multi-modal approach that encompasses connections to the regional trail and transit network, providing mobility and accessibility to outlying urban centers. The Monongahela River enhances the county’s transportation system and serves as a conduit for recreational and economic activities.

As the cornerstone of Pennsylvania, Greene County provides awonderful place to live by offering first-class healthcare, a high quality education system, family-supporting jobs, and an abundance of shopping, recreation, and entertainment. Hills are scattered with grazing livestock and valleys are traversed by pristine waterways, preserving the rural nature that residents and visitors cherish."

Comprehensive Plan Background:
August 14, 2008, Greene County Commissioners adopted the county's comprehensive plan and the recreation plan at their regular board of commissioners meeting, asking for a few revisions to the draft plan, which have been completed. The plans have been in the works for at least the last three years. The long-range plan includes a few general ideas on how to improve the economy by encouraging industries that could do well in Greene County, such as mining, health care, transportation and warehousing, tourism, retail and information technology.

The plan also covers topics such as housing, historic preservation, agriculture, environmental stewardship and improving transportation.

The state requires counties to have an up-to-date comprehensive plan and having one should help Greene County's chances of obtaining grant funding from the state and federal governments. The recreation plan includes recommendations on how to promote Greene County for tourism. Some of the ideas include developing a coal heritage park at Ruff Creek, building a riverfront park at the former Crucible Mine, creating an all-purpose sports facility near the Waynesburg I-79 interchange and developing an agritourism program that taps farms as potential tourist attractions. On behalf of the Greene County Planning Commission, the County Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, and Trails/Greenways Plan and Greene County Comprehensive Plan are being finalized.

According to the Municipalities Planning Code (Act of 1968, P.L. 805, No. 247) Section 302(a.1) "in reviewing the proposed comprehensive plan, the governing body shall consider the comments of municipalities and school districts within the county and contiguous school districts, municipalities and counties." It goes on to say "the comments of the counties, municipalities and school districts shall be made to the governing body within 45 days of receipt by the governing body."

The public comment period was from May 15, 2008 through June 29, 2008, comments sheets were provided. Every comment and correction was noted and addressed prior to plan adoption.

Should you be unable to access the document online, arrangements have been made to house the documents in hard-copy form at three Greene County libraries, and at the Economic Development Office.

Comprehensive Plan Document Index:
The Greene County Comprehensive Plan: Strategy for a Greene Tomorrow was prepared by the Greene County Planning Commission for the Greene County Commissioners. The plan was funded in part by a Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program (LUPTAP) through the Pennsylvania Department Economic Development (DCED) and additional grant funding was received through the generosity of the Greene County Community Foundation and the Benedum Foundation. The following documents are a breakdown index of the Comprehensive Plan (these documents include the updated version of changes reflecting the commissioners requested changes and public comments):

Greene County Recreational, Parks & Trails / PA Greenways Plan Documents:
The overall goal of this Comprehensive Recreation Plan is to direct future efforts over the next 10 years to provide affordable, quality recreation opportunities to all residents of Greene County. This plan, once adopted, will become an amendment to the Greene County Comprehensive Plan. The adoption process will follow the requirements as set forth in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (Act of 1968, P.L. 805, No. 247 as reenacted and amended) in Article III -- Comprehensive Plan. The following documents comprise the Greene County Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, and Trails/Greenways Plan (these documents include the updated version of changes reflecting the commissioners requested changes and public comments):


Southeastern Greene County Cooperative Communities Comprehensive Plan:
(Southeast Greene County Communities Plan)

Nestled in the southeastern corner of Greene County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, eight (8) municipalities that comprise the Southeastern Greene County Cooperative Communities Comprehensive Plan have joine for the first time in an effort to set a guide to their futures. Realizing that they are historically, economically and culturally linked, Carmichaels Borough, Cumberland Township, Dunkard Township, Greene Township, Greensboro Borough, Monongahela Township, Perry Township, and Wayne Township have come together to lay a course towards greater cooperation in dealing with a changing population make-up and economic base.

The Southeastern Greene County Cooperative Communities Comprehensive Plan was prepared by Mackin Engineering and was funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program (LUPTAP) grant, and gracious support form Pennsylvania State House Representataive William DeWeese. The following documents comprise the Cooperative Communities Comprehensive Plan:

Jefferson Morgan Regional Council of Governments (JMRCOB):
Click here for JMRCOB Website.

Municipalities included in this Comprehensive Plan are: JMRCOG contact information: PO Box 3, Mather, PA 15346 (Phone: 724-883-2150 / Fax: 724-883-3044 / email: jeff-morgcog@jeff-morgcog.org



For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

 

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