LAND USE INVENTORY
This chapter discusses the land uses as they exist in West Pikeland Township in 1998, and describes the
factors that have specifically influenced the Township’s development to date. A description of each
existing land use and an estimate of the amount of land currently found in each category is provided.
Proposed development, as determined by subdivision and land development applications, is discussed by
type. The number of units proposed by these applications is then compared to the actual number of
building permits issued in order to discern the extent of development pressure being experienced by the
Township. All combined, the analysis in this chapter is used to identify development trends. These trends
are an important component in formulating the future land use plan for West Pikeland Township. The
planning implications listed at the end of the chapter highlight the results of the following analysis and
identify the issues that must be addressed by the Plan.
EXISTING LAND USE (1998)
West Pikeland Township is a sparsely populated community with a land area of 9.9 square miles. It is
widely recognized for its rural character and scenic features, and for its numerous historic resources. The
Township, due in part to land characteristics that are not conducive to construction, has not experienced the
same level of development pressure experienced by many neighboring municipalities, and retains many of
the qualities that contribute to its unique character. Preserving these qualities, while providing the
necessary opportunities for future development, serves as the basic premise for this Plan Update.
West Pikeland supports a mix of land uses consisting primarily residential, agriculture and open space.
Several small commercial sites and community facilities are scattered throughout the Township. With the
exception of several historic clusters located at major crossroads, development is not concentrated to any
great extent. Although traversed by two re