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Board OKs Planning Contract, Again

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Montgomery County’s (PA) community planning assistance program will provide technical guidance for planning, zoning, land use, landscape design, and economic development projects at the township’s request during the next three years, Lower Pottsgrove’s Board of Commissioners agreed Monday (Dec. 1, 2008).

The board, during the first of its two December meetings, officially approved for a second time the township‘s contract with the county Planning Department for the program. A total of 18 townships, 13 boroughs, and four regional planning groups similarly use these services, the department reports. The contract saves municipalities money by relying on county expertise rather than having their own staffs or hiring outside consultants.

Board members had approved the contract during an earlier meeting, but did so without a number accompanying the resolution on which they voted. Township Solicitor R. Kurtz Holloway recommended a second vote, on what is now known as board Resolution 801 of 2008.

In the township’s tentative 2009 budget, the county planning contract is expected to cost $13,296. That amount reflects a 6.4-percent increase over the same expense anticipated by this year’s end.

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