Matt Wysong of the Philadelphia Planning Commission told members of the Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association that the city would begin taking a hard look at lower Northwest Philadelphia beginning in 2014.
“As part of the city’s comprehensive plan, each area of the city will get it’s own district plan,” Wysong said. “In 2014, we’ll be formulating the Northwest District Plan.”
Wysong added that the neighborhoods to be looked at include: Wissahickon, Roxborough, Manayunk, Shawmont and East Falls.
“This plan would apply on a local level,” Wysong said. “We would also choose focus area where big things can happen.”
He used the area near the Wissahickon Transportation Center has an example.
“None of this has been formalized, but I think we could get a large, well managed rental facility in there,” Wysong said.
All of the area civic organizations would be included in the process as well as the public.
“We would have a stakeholders committee,” Wysong said. “That would consist of members from every civic.”
Wysong then added that there would also be three public meetings to seek community input outside of the stakeholders committee.
“The idea is to come up with a comprehensive vision that can help the area grow,” Wysong said.