Members sought for West Chester task force on plan

WEST CHESTER West Chester officials are looking for residents to help revise the borough's comprehensive plan. The new plan, the borough said on its website, will "help guide development and policies over the next decade."

Borough government tries to review its plan about every 10 years, said Borough Manager Ernie McNeely, "to make sure it still fits for the next decade or so." The last revision came in 2000.

It's early in the process.

Over the next year, officials will hold meetings and forums to gather suggestions from the public on what the community needs to do to help West Chester thrive.

A planning consultant will work on the plan with the assistance of a comprehensive task force that the borough council will appoint. The task force's members will include representatives from the council, the planning commission, the group called Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction, the Business Improvement District, borough staff, and residents.

Residents interested in applying to be on the task force may submit "letters of interest" with information about themselves to McNeely at 401 E. Gay St., West Chester, Pa. 19380, or by e-mail at emcneely

The deadline is Jan. 13, 2014.

Task-force members can expect to attend as many as 20 meetings in the next year, the borough said. - Carolyn Davis