One Municipal Drive
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Harrison Township Allegheny County, PA

Harrison Township Comprehensive Plan

May 21, 2009

Summary Introduction 

(Complete copy available at Township Municipal Building)

The Township of Harrison’s last comprehensive plan, which was prepared in 1968, forecast significant growth and development in the township during the final quarter of the 20th Century.  It predicted that the township’s 1960 population of 15,000 would swell to between 25,000 and 30,000 by the end of the century.  However, the collapse of the steel industry in the 1970’s and 1980’s hit the Township of Harrison, the Allegheny Valley and the entire Pittsburgh region hard, and the region’s population declined rapidly.  In 2008, the township has a population of slightly over 10,000 people.

The combination of population decline and other factors resulted in many elements of the 1968 comprehensive plan never being implemented.  This comprehensive plan update identifies new strategies and actions to address the township’s land use, housing, recreation, economic development, transportation, community facilities, natural and historic resources, and other needs.

The Comprehensive Plan Update for the Township of Harrison will serve as a guide to both the public and private sectors concerning development in the township during the next two decades.  It is not intended to be a literal blueprint, but a generalized document indicating policies with respect to future growth.  It must remain general in nature since no plan can anticipate every factor that affects growth and development.  As a general plan, it is intended to provide policies and principles that can be applied to the unfolding needs of the township.

The comprehensive plan will also serve as a legal basis for zoning and for land development review and approval criteria and procedures.


The following goals will guide The Township of Harrison’s future development:

  1. To protect, preserve and enhance those elements that create a high quality of life for township residents and maintain the township’s character and sense of community.
  2. To provide for the housing needs of both present and future residents.
  3. To protect and preserve areas for agricultural uses.
  4. To accommodate various types of growth and development in appropriate locations and in an orderly, coordinated and environmentally sound manner.
  5. To provide community services to insure the public health, safety and general welfare and to meet educational and recreational needs.
  6. To protect, conserve, and preserve natural and historic resources.
  7. To provide safe and efficient movement of people and goods.
  8. To pursue fiscally responsible municipal actions and optimize township financial resources.

Harrison Twp. Allegheny Co. Comprehensive Plan – Full Text (PDF)