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LAND USES VISIBLE FROM ROUTE 31 WEST

here is a wide mixture of land uses along the Corridor today. Concentrating development in clustered areas along the Corridor and preserving large expanses of open land, woodlands, and agricultural landscapes is a high priority. T

The visual presence of woodlands, farms and farm fields is an essential component of the Corridor’s landscape. Agricultural landscapes reinforce the hard-working farming culture and reflect the region’s history and personal values based on a traditional way of life. Woodlands reflect the treasured asset of the region’s trees and natural resources.

There are no zoning regulations in place for Jefferson and Somerset Townships, so in order to provide a general sense of land uses that are desired and undesired along the Corridor’s field of vision, the list to the right has been developed. This list is not all-inclusive and is not regulated, but it generally represents the types of land uses that would be fitting with the visual character desired along the Route 31 West Corridor. This list is also consistent with the “Future Land Use Plan” map included in the Somerset County Comprehensive Plan.

DESIRED LAND USES

  • Agricultural and Agri-tourism

  • Churches (and other religious in

  • Country Inns

  • Cultural / Historic Sites and Pla

  • Dine-In Restaurants

  • Farmers’ Market

  • Low Density Rural Residential

  • Open Space

  • Parks and Outdoor Recreationa

  • Resorts

  • Small-Scale Civic (fire station, p

  • Small-Scale Community Retail

  • Visitor-Serving Retail

UNDESIRED LAND USES

  • Disposal Areas and Junkyards

  • Drive-Thru Restaurants (except

Road and Somerset Borough)

  • High Density Residential

  • Heavy Industry and Industrial Pa

  • Large-Scale Institutions

  • Manufacturing

  • Outdoor Storage

  • Large-Scale Commercial Cente

  • Wind Energy Farms

DRAFT: MARCH 2009

ROUTE 31 WES

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