"The eleven chapters of this comprehensive plan provide a written and graphic description and analysis of current conditions, resources, and capabilities throughout Anthony, Derry, Liberty, Limestone, and West Hemlock Townships in Montour County. In addition, the Plan presents future growth policies, recommendations, and strategies to address identied concerns and manage the municipalities' assets for the future.The intent of this document is to provide for the growth in the Planning Area in such a way that will preserve the Area's rural, agricultural character and quality of life. The Northern Montour Regional Planning Commission (NMRPC), at the direction of the Boards of Supervisors of Anthony, Derry, Liberty, Limestone, and West Hemlock Townships, was assigned the primary responsibility for development of the Plan. In June of 1992, a Professional Planning Consultant (Landplan, Inc.) was selected to assist the Planning Commission with the project. Work began in August of that year and has culminated with the development of this document. During the process, a Public Opinion Survey was distributed to all property owners residing in the five Study Area municipalities to solicit their input on the various aspects of the Plan."
The Comprehensive Plan was the first step in establishing a Planning Commission independent of the Montour County Planning Commission. While the County Planning Commission is required to review all subdivisions submitted to the NMPRC for consideration, the NMRPC administers and enforces its own Zoning and Subdivision/Land Development Ordinances. The conception of the NMRPC resulted from the desire of the residents living in the fringe community of Danville to be activity invloved in the planning and development of their own communities.
Comprehensive Plans are to be reviewed every ten (10) years. The NMRPC in currently preparing to review its Comprehensive Plan this year. A delegation of NMPRC Board members had recently attended the monthly meetings of Liberty and Anthony Township to see if either township are interested in participating in the review process. An overview of the NMRPC's development, benchmarks and successes were also presented, and an invitation was extended to each township to consider future membership.