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Lancaster County’s Comprehensive Plan Available for Public Comment

The Lancaster County Planning Commission has announced the release of the Preliminary Public Draft of places2040, the new Lancaster County comprehensive plan. The plan is available for public review and comment at

The comprehensive plan is a vision for the future of Lancaster County and serves as an advisory policy document for decision makers regarding issues and opportunities that affect countywide land use, transportation, and quality of life.

Over the past 2½ years, the commission hosted over 100 presentations at a variety of meetings and events. County residents also participated in online surveys to help identify priorities for the county’s future. Over 8,000 people were involved in the process. All of this input led to the plan’s five “big ideas,” 26 policies, and seven catalytic tools and strategies for implementation.

The public is encouraged to provide comments on this draft by June 30, 2018. In addition to the digital copy available on the website, hard copies are available by contacting the Planning Commission at 717-299-8333.

The Lancaster County Planning Commission will release a final draft of the plan in late July 2018, kicking off a 45-day review period prescribed by state law. At the conclusion of this period in the fall, the commission will hold a public meeting on the plan before forwarding it to the Lancaster County Board of County Commissioners for possible adoption.

Additional information regarding the plan and process can be found at

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