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VISIONING SESSION RESULTS FORCES OF CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY

hen asked what forces could change the existing character of the area, stakeholders responded that development could be both beneficial and detrimental to community character. For example, the redevelopment of Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort is viewed as a positive because of increased jobs and tax benefits to the county, townships, and school district, while scattered development that could occur without proper planning would be a negative. W

Stakeholders recognize that tourism can bring both desired and undesired development to the region and they are concerned that high expectations of some business owners could be unfounded, as seasonal fluctuations in customers often affect the success of businesses in the area, thereby causing businesses to close. As new development occurs, there is a fear of rising land and ownership/rental costs in the area.

Rural characteristics and green space are a for the area, and businesses that “look lik are encouraged (Glades Pike Winery and G cited as good examples).

Stakeholders see the potential for design g as an opportunity, as design standards a along the Corridor would be a benefit to public open house held in September 200 agrees with this view). Tasteful expansio is a welcome opportunity, and easy acces services is a strength.

GOALS

Preserve the Corridor’s recreational character.

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Encourage property maintenance. Promote the use of appropriate architec Maintain views to open spaces and sce Protect scenic beauty and environmenta Encourage environmental sensitivity.

Promote a welcoming atmosphere alo both visitors and residents.

Improve traffic safety. Minimize the impact of artificial lighting Reduce excess signage. Improve the Corridor’s general appear

STRENGTHS AND OPPORTUNITIES

esidents in Jefferson and Somerset Townships are content with the lifestyle that living near the Route 31 West Corridor affords them, specifically rural and mountain characteristics combined with access and amenities. They see the opportunity to preserve and enhance the Route 31 West Corridor, before over-development occurs. R

ROUTE 31 WEST CORRIDOR DESIGN GUIDE

DRAFT: MARCH 2009

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