Regional Planning

The CRPA provides both regional and local planning services to its member municipalities. 

Regional Planning services include the preparation and maintenance of the regional comprehensive plan, and special studies and planning activities related to sewer, water, land use, open space, recreation, demographics, environmental, community facilities or transportation issues. The Agency promotes dialogue among the member municipalities to develop cooperative solutions to regional problems.

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Centre Region Land Consumption Study 2020

The Centre Region municipalities utilize a Regional Growth Boundary (RGB) to direct where the majority of future growth and development should occur. While there is a considerable amount of vacant land within the boundary to meet future residential and non-residential development needs for the foreseeable future, efficient development of these vacant parcels is crucial to ensuring that the current boundary will be able to meet the needs of the Region over the long term. In 2020, the CRPA prepared the Centre Region Land Consumption Study which evaluates how residential lands within the Growth Boundary have been developed over time.  Based on the findings of this analysis, the report recommends that the Centre Region municipalities consider establishing a minimum development density. A minimum development density within the RGB can help ensure that residential lands are developed efficiently, thereby extending the capacity of the remaining vacant land areas within the boundary.

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Assessing New Opportunities for Workforce Housing in the Centre Region

Anecdotal signs suggest that the rental market for student housing is becoming saturated. The spike of student-focused housing occurred concurrent to the loss of several more affordably priced rental neighborhoods throughout the Region. Therefore, now is a good time to get an accurate accounting of the rental market. By obtaining precise data of the student rental market, this report attempts to assess if there could be any potential opportunities for affordable housing due to the increase of student housing. This report will outline the process and results of the assessment. This report is consistent with the 2013 Centre Region Comprehensive Plan as it is looking for a way to adequately supply housing to meet the needs of existing and future Centre Region residents. 

Wastewater Treatment and Beneficial Reuse

The Centre Region municipalities selected the beneficial reuse project as the best alternative after extensive financial and technical analysis of each alternative. Beneficial Reuse was in the “Alternatives Utilizing Land Application or Aquifer Recharge to Recycle Treated Wastewater Within the Watershed” category. One of the most important reasons the Centre Region selected beneficial reuse is that some treated wastewater is reclaimed and reused in the watershed for environmental enhancements or conveyed to reuse customers. The two primary goals of the beneficial reuse project are to: Have no negative impact to aquatic life by limiting average daily discharge to no more than 6.0 MGD. Accommodate future growth in the Region by authorizing the UAJA to produce up to 3.0 MGD of beneficial reuse water for use by environmental enhancement or conveying to reuse customers.

Area Plans

While the Centre Region Comprehensive Plan provides a solid foundation for addressing regional planning challenges, the successful implementation of regional planning principles requires a more detailed study of strategic areas of the community. The following documents are the culmination of multi-year studies by the Centre Regional Planning Agency, as directed by Steering Committees comprised of elected and appointed officials from each of the study areas.

Centre Region Comprehensive Plan

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The Centre Region Comprehensive Plan is a policy guide to help local officials envision the future development of the Centre Region. The Plan identifies areas in the community that are appropriate for residential and economic development, as well as those areas that should be preserved in order to maintain the area's high quality of life. The Centre Region municipalities adopted the 2013 Update to the Centre Region Comprehensive Plan on November 25, 2013.

Click on the link below to view the plan in its entirety.

Centre Region Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan

The adopted and approved 2006 Act 537 Plan Update is the Official Sewage Facilities Plan for the Centre Region. The six Centre Region municipalities continue to work cooperatively with the Centre Regional Planning Agency (CRPA); Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG); and the University Area Joint Authority (UAJA) to develop and maintain a coordinated plan to guide future sewage facility decisions in the community.

In the years following the adoption of the 2006 Act 537 Plan Update, the COG has approved four Amendments/Special Studies:

Regional Development Capacity

Regional development capacity is defined as the number of dwelling units and the amount of non-residential square footage (commercial, industrial, office) that is currently approved or currently zoned for development inside the Regional Growth Boundary/Sewer Service Area (RGB/SSA).

Centre Region Economic Development Assessment

As part of the Comprehensive Plan Update, the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) contracted with the consulting firm BBP & Associates, LLP to forge a better defined and more comprehensive regional approach to economic development in the Centre Region.