Tell Us: What's Your Top Priority for Ross Township's New Manager in 2013?

Douglas Sample begins his new job on Jan. 21.

Ross Township will have a new manager in 2013. What should be his number one priority?

What's the one thing you think he could do to make Ross Township an even better place to live and work?

Share your thoughts in the comments box below, and we will be sure to share them with the new Ross manager. 

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B Concerned January 03, 2013 at 05:02 PM
The proposed developement is too large as proposed. Scale it down. I like the idea of keeping the homes inland, back from Gas and Highland. I do think current proposal will have unwanted traffic, local school (Highcliff) population and potential property tax implication. I dont want my kid have to go to a reopened Seville when I live close to Highcliff. This thing stinks as proposed. If they cut the number of homes proposed to half, that would be good for BOTH side of the matter. Let's not be like Washington on this one. I with Jen and Anonymous at this point.
AnonymousNorthHills January 03, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I live in the area and I do see how bad traffic is and it would have a huge negative impact with a developement of that size. Highland Ave is a mess with traffic. Side roads in West View become drag strips when Highland is backed up! We also have had power issues in that area. I also know we have an underground stream on Highland Country Club property and once you divert water it can take have a mind of its own along with rain water! I can see a pool of water from Highland when it rains so double or triple that amount what is buried. Prediction of classes is ok when the population increases slowly with the purchase of EXISTING homes and younger couples move in to affordable housing and not slam the school system with over 300 homes and unpredicatable amount of kids. We need a gradual increase! My kid goes to an elementary school in the area so I know it is maxed in class size. Again it goes back to the community needs input and not the developers greedy mindset who could care less what happens to the area as they do not live there and will not see the affect. I did give alternate and great idea's to revamp the property!
Jillian James January 03, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I don’t think that the proposed Heartland Homes development of the Highland Country Club property will bring tsunamis or power grid failures, but I do believe that the proposal has several downsides. The proposed 300+ homes would put probably close to 600 additional cars on Highland Avenue and/or Gass Road. Not Armageddon, but even with road improvements it will be difficult to say the least. I have heard that most of the homes built will be in the $350K range. I wonder if they will be able to sell all the properties. If I had the finances for a $350K house, I would not want it next to homes that sell for $120K or less. I would also want to be outside of Allegheny County’s high taxes. Proximity to 279 may be a selling point to some buyers but IMHO the negatives outweigh the few positives. Will we end up with a partially developed area/eyesore?
Jillian James January 03, 2013 at 07:17 PM
and more... I believe there will be an impact on the North Hills School District – I am not one to blindly believe the school administrators. Yes, the enrollment has dropped dramatically, but so has the number of schools. At the peak, the district had 17 school buildings. With the sale of Perrysville and Northway, the district is down to 6 total (not counting vacant Seville). All four elementary buildings are near capacity (500-550 students). Someone has stated that if the elementaries go beyond capacity “there will be no trailers or a new school built.” I am not certain how he can guarantee no trailers as one was narrowly avoided at one school this past fall, but even if that were true and the district just re-opened Seville, I would be very upset if my child had to be uprooted from his school and redistricted to another. The township and the school district could certainly use the additional property tax revenue, but what expenses will they have to incur for this development? I want to see the property developed in some way – I just don’t think this proposal is the right fit.
J Koehler January 08, 2013 at 06:45 PM
If the proposal stays as it is currently, then that scenario is very likely. A fraction of the single family homes get built within the first couple years of phasing, and sales dwindle in the remaining years and Ross is left with an "abandoned" master plan. If only the commissioners can work a balance between the developer ($ ROI $) and the community (safety concerns & loss of amenities). Cut the number of houses in half and leave the clubhouse, pool, & 9 holes. Then this would be an attractive place to buy. I think Mr. Sample this is the most important thing on your plate, create a vision of what should be done with the former golf course.


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