Comprehensive Plan

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a policy document intended to guide how Hampton Township will evolve in the future.   In the beginning of 2019, the Township Council of Hampton elected to begin the process of updating the Township's existing Plan, which had not been updated since 2014.  The contents of the plan will be heavily influenced by the input provided by residents.  Pashek+MTR, a planning firm based in Pittsburgh’s North Side, is the consultant facilitating the process.  A steering committee made up of citizen stakeholders, township staff, and elected or appointed officials is providing direction on the contents of the plan.  The $80,000 planning project will create an “Implementable Comprehensive Plan,” with a focus that is primarily guided by citizen input and an emphasis on improvements that are both important to the community and feasible to achieve.

See Below for......

  • A timeline of activities taken to-date
  • Summaries of the various forms of citizen feedback we've obtained so far
  • The dates of upcoming events
  • A letter from Council Vice-President Dr. Carolynn Johnson to all Hampton residents

Steering Committee Members

The following is a list of the members of the steering committee for the Implementable Comprehensive Plan.  All steering committee members were nominated and voted on by Township Council.

  • Kevin Barley – Zoning Hearing Board member
  • Laurie Christy – Citizen-stakeholder / HTSD teacher
  • Rebecca Cunningham – HTSD Assistant Superintendent
  • Merrit DesLauriers – Citizen-stakeholder
  • Judith Gifford – Citizen-stakeholder / artist and community volunteer
  • Amanda Gold-Lukas – Acting Land Use Administrator
  • Dean Hess – Chairperson of the Planning Commission
  • David Huffaker – Port Authority Chief Development Officer
  • Carolynn Johnson – Vice-President of Council
  • Suzanna Krispli – Library Director
  • Michael Loughead – HTSD Superintendent
  • Mike Peters – Hampton Council President
  • Chris Schove – Citizen-stakeholder
  • Liz Spence – Vice-Chairperson for the Environmental Advisory Council
  • Bill Rowe - Resident Representative
  • Lissa Geiger Shulman - Resident Representative
  • Andrew Hartwell - Allegheny County Economic Development (Advisory member)

Activity Timeline

  • April 2019 - After sending out a request for proposals and interviewing the top candidates, Council authorized the Township to enter into a contract with the consulting firm Pashek + MTR for the update of Hampton's Comprehensive Plan.
  • June - July 2019 - Meetings were held with the Township, members of Council, and Pashek + MTR to develop a timeline for the process.  Members of the Steering Committee were nominated and approved by Council.
  • July 3, 2019 - An informational booth was set up at the Township's annual July 3rd Community Day celebration.  Intercept interviews were conducted by Dr. Carolynn Johnson, Council Vice President, Elizabeth Spence, Vice Chairperson of the EAC, and Amanda Gold-Lukas, Land Use Administrator for Hampton Township, as well as members of Pashek + MTR.  Click here to view the results of these interviews.
  • July 20, 2019 - A session of the Coffee Conversations with the Township Manager program covering the update to the Comprehensive Plan was held in the Community Center and open to the public to attend.  Summary Minutes
  • July 25, 2019 - Steering Committee meeting #1 was held in the Community Center.  The meeting included introductions, an overview of the comprehensive plan update process, and discussions regarding the community Quality of Life Survey.
  • August 2019 - The community Quality of Life Survey was finalized and a flyer was created to advertise the survey and the upcoming Town Hall meeting pertaining to the Implementable Comprehensive Plan.  
Comphrehensive Plan Survey Flier
  • August 30th - September 30th, 2019 - The community Quality of Life Survey was "live".  The questionnaire was developed by the steering committee with help from representatives of Pashek + MTR.  The survey went live at the end of August 2019 and was available for residents to complete through September 30, 2019.  The survey could be completed and submitted online, or via paper copy.  Copies of the survey were available in the Hampton Township Municipal Building, Police Station, Community Library, Community Center, and Outdoor Pool.  A link to the survey was posted on the Township website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  Flyers advertising the survey were also posted at many local businesses, and places of worship.  They were also distributed to various HOAs and hand delivered throughout several neighborhoods.  An email blast was sent out to all members of the Community Center email list.  A press release detailing the community survey and September 25th Town Hall meeting was sent to various local news publications and published in the Hampton News and Hampton Journal.
  • August 22, 2019 - Steering Committee meeting #2 was held in the Community Center.  The meeting included brainstorming and discussing Hampton’s key issues and needs, identifying community stakeholders, planning for the upcoming Town Hall meeting, and a progress update.  Summary Minutes
  • September 4, 2019 - An outreach booth was held at the Hampton Farmer's Market in the Community Park and staffed by Steering Committee members Liz Spence and Merrit DesLauriers.
  • September 25, 2019 - A Town Hall meeting was held on September 25th from 7:00 – 9:00 in the Community Center.  Refreshments were served, copies of the community survey were distributed, and interactive displays were constructed by Pashek + MTR, which allowed community members to voice their ideas, likes, dislikes about the Township.  See below for the feedback that was obtained from the residents who attended this meeting.
  • September 30, 2019 - A representative of Pashek + MTR and Township Land Use Administrator Amanda Gold-Lukas joined a Township resident who owns a considerable stretch of Crouse Run stream for a site walk of her property on S. Pioneer Rd to observe flooding damage and the condition of the stream bank.
  • September - October, 2019 - Representatives of Pashek + MTR conducted interviews with community stakeholders (people with long-term or niche knowledge of Hampton Township).  Community stakeholders were suggested by members of the steering committee. 
  • October 24, 2019 - Steering Committee meeting #3 was held at the Community Center.  The meeting included discussions regarding the results of the Quality of Life Survey and preliminary identification of the key goals / target issues in the Implementable Comprehensive Plan.  Summary Minutes
  • October 30, 2019 - Steering Committee meeting #4 was held at the Community Center.  The meeting included an in-depth review of the proposed Key Issues in the Implementable Comprehensive Plan.   



Community Feedback Obtained So Far...

The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has received feedback from Township residents in numerous ways.  

See below for summaries of the community feedback we have received so far!

Community Day Intercept Interviews

An informational booth was set up at the Township's annual July 3rd Community Day celebration.  Intercept interviews were conducted by Dr. Carolynn Johnson, Council Vice President, Elizabeth Spence, Vice Chairperson of the EAC, and Amanda Gold-Lukas, Land Use Administrator for Hampton Township, as well as members of Pashek + MTR.

     RESULTS:

      A summary of the results of these interviews can be found here: Community Day Interview Results

Community Quality of Life Survey

A community survey / quality of life questionnaire was developed by the steering committee with help from representatives of Pashek + MTR.  The survey went live at the end of August 2019 and was available for residents to complete through September 30, 2019.   The survey could be completed and submitted online, or via paper copy.  Copies of the survey were available in the Hampton Township Municipal Building, Police Station, Community Library, Community Center, and Outdoor Pool.  A link to the survey was posted on the Township website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  Flyers advertising the survey were also posted at many local businesses, and places of worship.  They were also distributed to various HOAs and hand delivered throughout several neighborhoods.  An email blast was sent out to all members of the Community Center email list.  A press release detailing the community survey and September 25th Town Hall meeting was sent to various local news publications and published in the Hampton News and Hampton Journal.

     RESULTS:

The Township received 905 total responses to the survey, which equates to roughly 5% of Hampton's population.

The results of the Quality of Life Survey can be found by clicking the following link.  Please Note that all answers have  been reproduced as accurately as possible, with no corrections of spelling or grammar unless needed for clarity.  Personal names of employees have been replaced with job titles, also for clarity.  Any offensive language was redacted and noted in the comment.  Quality of Life Survey - Summary Report

Town Hall Meeting - September 25, 2019

A Town Hall meeting was held on September 25, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Hampton Community Center.  Refreshments were served, copies of the community survey were distributed, a presentation was given by Pashek + MTR and members of Council explaining details of the Comprehensive Plan update process, and interactive displays were constructed by Pashek + MTR, which allowed community members to voice their ideas, likes, dislikes about the Township.  

  RESULTS:

Summary: Town Hall Meeting Citizen Feedback - Great Things About Hampton

Summary: Town Hall Meeting Citizen Feedback - Things That Can Be Improved About Hampton

Upcoming Events

Please check back soon for the dates of upcoming pop-up's and other events related to the Implementable Comprehensive Plan.

A Letter from Township Council Vice President Dr. Carolynn Johnson: 

October 21, 2019

Dear Hampton Residents,

As you may have heard, the Township is starting a new Comprehensive Plan. The Plan is a guidance document that will outline the path the Township wants to take over the next 10 years. It provides direction for development and land use, capital improvements, and community utilities and services. It also provides planning for local streets, pedestrian walkways and bikeways, and public transportation, along with many other aspects of community life.

But many Comprehensive Plans fall short of these goals. Rather than being a living document guiding these things, they end up gathering dust on a shelf. So, we’ve chosen to take a different approach. We are developing an Implementable Comprehensive Plan with the firm that pioneered this approach, Pashek+MTR.

Similar to user-centered methods from product development, this approach is citizen-centered. You—our residents—are the key to our success. Our aim is to create actionable goals, that are driven by your vision for Hampton, complete with the resources needed to achieve each and possible funding sources, like federal or state grants.

The Steering Committee is made up of Hampton citizens, business-owners, and other key stakeholders. We’ve already been engaging with our citizens for several months. We’ve interviewed residents at Community Day, held a Coffee Conversation with the Township Manager, distributed a Quality of Life Survey, and hosted an Open House to hear about your concerns and dreams for our Township.

But we want to hear more. Soon the Steering Committee will be hosting pop-up booths at our local stores. When you see us, please stop by, and tell us about the direction that you want Hampton to take. 

Thank you,

Carolynn R. Johnson
Council Vice President