Brighton Township has a rich history of planning and has placed great emphasis on all aspects of community planning. Brighton Township adopted its first comprehensive plan in 1974. The current Brighton Township Comprehensive Plan was adopted in June 1999 and amended with the Comprehensive Plan 2007 Update.
In October 2019 the Township engaged Envision Group LLC as a professional planning consultant to prepare a new Implementable Comprehensive Plan for the Township. The plan preparation process will utilize the planning principals identified in the Pennsylvania Department of Community Development’s (DCED) “Creating an Implementable Comprehensive Plan.” This process is designed to focus on identifying community issues, steps to address the issues, persons or groups responsible for addressing the issues, and a timetable for implementation that identifies short, medium, and long range efforts. The emphasis is on determining the needs and desires of the community rather than a fit into a traditional comprehensive plan format. There are two primary goals for the new Plan. First, to create a vision for the Township for the next 10 years based on the direction that citizens and various other stakeholders would like the Township to move towards. Second, to provide a series of realistic strategies, projects, programs, etc. that can be implemented to achieve this shared vision.
The Plan is not an ordinance and does not regulate the use of land. However,the Zoning Code is to be generally consistent with the Plan. The Plan will be used as a guide for community development and conservation goals, and to provide strategies to attain those goals.