Master Plans, Reports, and Studies

proactive planning: looking towards the future


Keim Street Gateway Plan (2020)

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Funding Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Author: Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC)

A Task force was created to identify recommendations regarding goals, priorities, physical designs, development layout, and treatments of the Keim Street Gateway area. The plan outlines a vision and reinvestment strategy for the area, including supporting economic development, existing land use, transportation circulation, revitalization of special buildings that contribute to the area's industrial heritage, increasing greening, beautification, and amenities, and the connection to the Schuylkill River Trail. The Plan includes maps, renderings, and proposed project phases. (Length: 48 pages)

Keystone Employment & Economic Plan (KEEP) (2019)


Funding Source: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Author: Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC)

The Keystone Employment & Economic Plan (KEEP) Specific Plan provides a vision of what is possible for redevelopment of the Keystone Boulevard corridor in the Borough of Pottstown and West Pottsgrove Township. The concept is described, illustrated and includes recommendations for implementation, including principles for development, to be incorporated in a subsequent zoning amendment. The Plan includes recommended infrastructure improvements, renderings, public/private partnerships, and job creation. The principles of redevelopment are addressed, including intent, land use, mixed use, building design, pedestrian & bicycling, open spaces, signage, parking and more. (Length: 46 pages)

Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel Report (2019)


Funding Source: Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation

Author: Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC

Report highlights

  • The importance of creating a cohesive mission, economic development, business growth and workforce, development, housing strategies, financing and implementation
  • Includes relevant case studies
  • (Length: 42 pages)

The Urban Land Institute is a global, member-drive organization comprised of more than 46,000 real estate and urban development professionals. Established in 1963, it has presence in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific regions, and members in 80 countries.

Pottstown Comprehensive Plan (2014)

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Funding Source: Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC)

Author: Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC)

This comprehensive plan provides an overall vision for a community along with tools to implement that vision, assesses the current state of the municipality, establishes goals and objectives, and proposes actions to implement those goals. It is a guide for the community's leaders as they make land policy such as zoning ordinances, subdivisions and land development ordinances, capital improvement plans, redevelopment or revitalization programs, parkland development, housing renovation programs, and parking regulations. (Length: 155 pages)

Washington Street Action Plan (2010)

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Funding Source: Genesis Housing Corporation | Susquehanna Bank

Author: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture

This plan is an update to the 2000 Washington Street Neighborhood Plan, which documented neighborhood conditions, identified strengths and challenges within the neighborhood’s physical and social framework, and made recommendations for improvements to the district, such as improved streetscape, a police substation, renovations to commercial properties, and improvements to specific buildings and lots. Six renovation projects were highlighted - before and after renderings, costs, and phasing plans were also included in the plan. This 2010 Washington Street Neighborhood Update is intended to document the progress since 2000 and to plan for the next phases of neighbor reinvestment and redevelopment. (Length: 47 pages)


Storm Sewer Arch Inspection Report (2021)

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Funding Source: Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA)

Author: Remington & Vernick Engineers, Conshohocken, PA

This is an updated, comprehensive evaluation of four (4) major storm sewer arches within the Borough that collect and and convey stormwater runoff to the Manatawny Creek and the Schuylkill River. This extensive field inspection and evaluation identifies deficiencies and creates a prioritized list of needs, forming a basis of of recommendations for maintenance, repairs, and other improvements. The report includes a proposed phases and associated costs. (Length: 720 pages)

Pottstown Bridge Feasibility Study (2018)

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Funding Source: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

Author: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

This study reviewed the range of options for four (4) of the bridges that cross the Norfolk Southern Rail line in the Borough of Pottstown. These bridges include Franklin Street Bridge, The study reviews existing uses of the bridges, and evaluated potential impacts and consequences associated with closing one or more of the bridges. The current and future of the neighborhoods where the bridges are located, as well as the needs of the surrounding community are considered within the study. Factors such as public transit, pedestrians and emergency access are all included in the study. The Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Comprehensive Plan is used as a reference, which identifies four broad types of land use categories: Regional Core, Primary Growth Area, Secondary Growth Area, and Conservation Area. Demographic, travel, and usage data are included, through the use of maps, charts and graphs. (Length: 59 pages)

Airport Future Layout Plan (2017)

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Funding Source: The Bureau of Aviation and Federal Aviation Administration

Author: Delta Airport Consultants

The Airport Future Layout Plan is a long-range planning document intended to help guide the construction locations for aeronautical and related support facilities at Pottstown Municipal Airport. The phased plan depicts locations of future buildings and the limits of future runway extensions to better accommodate commercial flights or corporate jets. The plan notes that a future runway extension will require the rerouting of Circle of Progress Drive. Site grading, stormwater management facilities, flight safety approach zones, and the surrounding affected roadways, driveways, fences, etc. to accommodate future improvements are also depicted. (Length: 5 pages)

Stormwater Master Plan (2016)

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Funding Source: Pottstown Borough Authority

Author: Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure Inc.

This Master Plan addresses all of Pottstown’s various stormwater services and needs, and provides a long-term, comprehensive strategy for stormwater management; one that accounts for historic issues and the inter-connectivity with the community’s sanitary sewer system. Long-term planning leads to more proactive and cost-effective services to residents and business owners. This Plan documents the Borough’s Current Stormwater Program, Stormwater Responsibilities and Gaps, Prioritized Improvements and Services, Funding & Implementation Options Analysis, and Spatial Data Recommendations. The Plan concludes with a set of seven recommended Next Steps that set a path towards a stormwater program that is achievable in scope and pace, sustainably funded, and integrated with the Borough’s multiple infrastructure and water quality responsibilities. (Length: 56 pages)

Sustainability & Recreation

Sustainability Plan (2019)

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Funding Source:

Author: Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC)

The Sustainability Plan plan is one of the first roadmap plans with a Borough & School District working in tandem. This roadmap guides the two entities in their operations and decisions, with sustainability as a key policy initiative. This plan establishes a vision, identifies actions that improves operational efficiencies, and addresses quality of life for both residents and visitors. The plan's key components are: Principles, Vision, Goals, Actions. Topics include Energy & Sustainable Building, Mobility, Environmental Stewardship, Local Economy, Health and Nutrition, Education and Outreach, and Green Infrastructure. (Length: 145 Pages)

Walk/Bike Pottstown Planning Project (2019/2013)

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Funding Source: Private Funding | Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

Author: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture

This plan was a result of collaboration and a shared vision between the Borough of Pottstown, Pottstown School District, Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation, and several other key stakeholders, including the non-profit Save Our Land, Save Our Towns. Following guidelines set forth by Walk Montco: Montgomery County Walkability Initiative, the plan aims to create a safe and efficient network of pedestrian and bicycle routes that connects residents to key community destinations. The plan is reflective of the Pottstown Sustainability Plan, and the Montgomery County Complete Streets Policy.

Walk/Bike Pottstown Map

Greater Pottstown Trails Feasibility Study: A Circle of Progress (2018)

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Funding Source: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

Author: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

The Advisory Committee was commissioned by Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee (PMRPC) and Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee (PARRC).

 The primary goals of this study:

  •  Improve cyclist and pedestrian connectivity to schools, parks, cultural attractions, etc.
  • Expand the trail and bike infrastructure in the Borough of Pottstown 
  • Connect the Borough's trail network to the regional trail network of the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) 
  • Determine the alignments that balance these goals with financial feasibility, property ownerships, site conditions, phasing and other factors 

Project advisory committees were formed, research performed, data collected, background analyzed, reports prepared, and RFPs developed for design/engineering documents. Maps with legends and cost matrixes included for all trail segments located within the PMRPC region. (Length: 112 pages)

Pollock Park Master Plan

Pollack Park 13Funding Source: Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee | Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation | PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Author: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture

This master planning project was precluded by a conduction of Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments. The project schedule includes site information and analysis, design considerations, ADA access alternatives, cost estimates, site maps and renderings, environmental reviews. In addition, the meeting minutes/notes from the various related staff, study committee and public meetings are available. (Length: 69 pages)


Early Intervention Program Five Year Financial Plan (2019)

Early Intervention Financial 14Funding Source: PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)

Author: ESI: EConsult Solutions Inc.

This plan was developed to assess the Borough's financial situation, analyze multi-year results, recognize trends, and establish a baseline five-year financial forecast. Summary findings include economic and demographics trends, exploring key general revenues and expenses, including taxes and growth rates. Fire, Parks & Recreation, Sewer and Water Systems, Pensions and Benefits were all areas included within this analysis. Next steps identified such as audits, exploring potential revenue opportunities, management best practices, public safety, economic development, and soliciting public input. (Length: 153 pages)

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